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About Help Me Talk About Math

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Help Me Talk About Math is designed for Grade 1 students. It features Askî the turtle and his friends and helps students practise using math skills such as estimating, solving problems and communicating about math.

Students learn to know Askî and his world in Grade 1 with the help of digital storybooks and an iPad game. The game, called Askî’s Pond, is available (free of charge) from the App Store. Askî’s Pond helps students practise math concepts that are part of the Grade 1 curriculum.

Askî’s Pond screenshot

Benefits

  • Assessment results are available to teachers and caregivers.
  • Additional learning ideas and activities are provided.
  • Help Me Talk About Math encourages a community-based approach to math.

How it works

Help Me Talk About Math gives opportunities for caregivers, teachers and Elders to provide information about the child’s experiences related to math. 

Caregivers and teachers receive results and ideas for math learning activities that can take place at home, in the classroom and in the community.

Who designed the program?

Help Me Talk About Math was developed by:

  • First Nations and Métis learning experts;
  • early childhood educators;
  • Saskatchewan math experts; and
  • the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Education supports Help Me Talk About Math as a response to Joint Task Force recommendations.

It also aligns with the Education Sector Strategic Plan by addressing:

  • early years goals;
  • family engagement;
  • a holistic approach to education; and
  • culturally relevant teaching practices.

Further Information

If you are interested in bringing Help Me Talk About Math to your school or would like more information, please contact holisticassessment@gov.sk.ca.

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