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Canton TargetTesting ACT Test Prep

CantonTargetTesting, an ACT preparation nonprofit founded by high school students, is offering free ACT preparation to students.  This class is designed to raise students’ scores in the least amount of time by focusing on weaknesses, working on the application of knowledge to the ACT, and learning only the essential content.  TargetTesting further increases preparation efficiency by individualizing lessons.

The instructors are experienced on the subject of standardized testing and have all earned scores of 35 or above on the ACT. They have also spent time substituting for and observing lessons of previous TargetTesting sessions.  The experiences they have gained working with students in this capacity have prepared them to teach the class.

Registration through the Canton Public Library website is required to join the class and will be open to those student who have completed their freshman year of high school.  This class is a 10-week session which will take place on Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:15PM.  The first session will be on June 28 and the last will be August 30. Having a library card is a requirement for registration. Please be aware that attendance is mandatory to get the most out of this class. Registration begins on June 18. Any questions regarding class content may be sent to cantontargettesting@gmail.com

Making, Tinkering, and Coding for Kids

Math Money Mania

Math=Fun at our Math Money Mania program. Families and kids in grades kindergarten through fourth grade can join us as we learn about money, counting and making change, and maybe even how to earn an allowance. Thursday, April 9, 7:00-8:00 PM in the Community Room.

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Saturday STEM Science Time

Mix up a little science, technology, engineering and math and what do you get?
A fun way for kids in grades 2-5 to learn new things.  Our focus this month is on math as we celebrate International Pi Day.  Pi is the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, but it is best known as the symbol used to name a mathematical relationship.  Join us on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 3:14 PM to learn more. Program lasts one hour.  Registration is required.

Image by Marian Sigler [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

STEAM Sites

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.  Check out the sites below to explore these fascinating subjects.  There are interesting facts to discover and fun games to try out.  General grade-range recommendations are provided for each site, but you may find useful info and entertaining activities on sites outside of your grade level as well.

General STEAM sites

Career Aisle Elementary and Middle School: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
(Elementary & Junior High) Want to get a job some day in a STEM field?  Explore career opportunities here.

Fraboom
(Elementary) Explore a virtual museum with games, shows, and live interactions. 

Girls in STEM
(Upper Elementary - Junior High) Explore this guide (primarily for middle school girls but useful to others) that includes STEM sites, books, and organizations.

Wonderopolis
(Elementary - High School) Engage your curiosity and imagination about STEM and other subjects through a variety of media.

SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY sites

Code.org
(Elementary - High School) Gain coding skills through guided activities.

CryptoKids

Starfish Family Services: Math Learning in the Home

On Thursday, September 11 from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Math Learning in the Home. Participants will learn the importance of math in the preschool years, as well as materials to use from home to support learning. Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Advanced Sudoku Workshop

Dave Pandit is back to show us some advanced Sudoku techniques. You can take the most difficult Sudoku puzzles and solve them with ease to the delight of your family and friends. The author of Sudoku Puzzles Guru, Mr. Pandit will show us some unique puzzles and solving techniques. Please join us on October 15 at 7:00 PM for puzzle-solving challenges and fun. Mr. Pandit's book will be available for purchase at this program.

Sudoku Basics Workshop

Divyang (Dave) Pandit used to find Sudoku puzzles difficult, even though he was a General Motors engineer. That is until his mother showed him the connection between sudoku and east Indian dance. His mom, without the ability to speak English and with only a seventh-grade education, could easily solve the Sudoku puzzles. Mr. Pandit, author of Sudoku Puzzles Guru, will share the secrets for keeping your mind sharp and solving the puzzles using his mother's teachings. Please join us for a fun, informative evening on October 8 at 7:00 PM.

Starfish Family Services: Math Learning in the Home

Parents, grandparents and caregivers, join the professionals from Starfish Family Services as they discuss the importance of math during the preschool years. They will also outline materials from the home that may be used to support math learning. The program takes place on Tuesday, April 24th from 9:30-11:30 AM. Starfish Family Services also provides licensed daycare providers to watch over your children as you attend the workshop.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, April 9 at 7:00 PM.

Khan Academy — Free Educational Fun

Khan Academy is a free, fun, educational and totally awesome organization. The goal of Khan Academy is to change "education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere." The site contains over 2,700 videos on math, physics, biology, chemistry, finance and art. Students, parents, coaches, and teachers can use Khan Academy in many ways. Teachers and homeschool parents can use this resource to coordinate classwork and monitor student work. Kids looking for homework help can find explanations and practice examples on the virtual scratch pad. Adults looking for continuing education opportunities will find help here as well.

Summer Bridge and Other Activities

Parents, are you looking for materials to make sure your kids don't lose important skills over the summer? Check out our books of Summer Bridge Activities for preschool through sixth grade. You can also check out the Spectrum Series for test prep that covers math, language, social studies, and science. And don't forget about the Summer Smarts series that will help your kids review what they've already learned, and get them ready for what's to come in the fall. You can find all these books in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Batter Up!

Get your math bat out (otherwise known as your brain) and have fun playing Math Baseball! This fun game is part of the Funbrain website. It has different levels of difficulty and also different skills (such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) that you can test your math magic on. Each time you get a right answer you get a home run! Have fun!

Cyberchase Games Central

Even though the school year is nearly done, Cyberchase Games Central has tons of fun games that you can keep playing all during summer vacation. These games have different challenges you can solve, inventions you can make, and math problems that need to be solved. It is developed by PBS.org. Enjoy!

Cool Math Games

Do you need some math help because you find the subject completely dull? Is math just not your thing and you feel like each day in Math class is a struggle? Check out this fun website Cool Math 4 Kids. It is chock full of fun math games that hit up all the major topics including decimals, long division, fractions, and much more! Have fun!

AAAMath

Do you find that your math homework can be really difficult? Are there concepts that you are struggling with that you wish you knew more about? Check out the website AAAMath! They have hundreds of pages that talk about basic math skills and have examples to go with most of their content. Good Luck!

U.S. News & World Report

The Dec/2010 issue of U.S. News contains 50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2011. Articles concerning your health, money, career, mind and the world are included. Please note this will be the last issue of U.S. News & World Report. This magazine will no longer be published as a print or digital replica magazine. The U.S. Media group will continue to publish the usnews.com website.

Fractions

Struggling with fractions? Let our materials help you break those numbers down. We've got everything:

Picture Books

Inchworm and a half by Elinor Pinczes ; illustrated by Randall Enos

The Wishing Club : a story about fractions by Donna Jo Napoli ; pictures by Anna Currey

Readers

Mary Clare likes to share : a math reader by Joy Hulme ; illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell