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Community ed class will teach math tricks

Math skills don’t always come easily for kids. Some students truly struggle to learn even the basic concepts. 

But Farmington Community Education has a special class coming up next week to help students with their math skills. Called Math Facts the Easy Way, the two-night session aims to teach elementary kids new ways to do math problems.

This isn’t the first time community education has offered this program, youth development coordinator Katie Johnson said. But it has been a popular program, so it’s being offered again.

The program is run by Nancy Kodelka, a retired teacher from the New Prague area. Kodelka has degrees in both elementary education and special education. Her own education has focused on the topic of memory strategies for students, which is the basis of her program.

“It’s an opportunity for kids to get some new tricks, maybe learn some new ways to work on those math problems,” Johnson explained. Math Facts the Easy Way is open to all students in grades 2-5 in Farmington’s school district. Parents can sign students up for one or two nights. The first night’s activities will focus on addition and subtraction skills. The second night focuses on multiplication and division.

Parents are encouraged to attend, as well, so they can learn their own tricks and tips to help students with their math skills.

“It also gives families the opportunity to sit down together and learn some new tricks or tips they can work on together, which might help the student if they’re struggling with their math homework,” Johnson said.

About 20 kids attended last year’s classes, Johnson said. Community ed is taking registration for up to 25 students, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Classes are $19 per student for a single night. — parents can register for either the addition/subtraction class or the multiplication/division class — or $34 per student for both nights. There is no fee for the parents who attend with their students.

The addition/subtraction class will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Oct. 21. The multiplication/division class is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m., Oct. 23. Both sessions will be held in Room 104 in the community education section of Meadowview Elementary School.

The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 17. Parents can get more information or register by calling 651-460-3200, or visiting

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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