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Building Number Sense and a Love of Math

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Gage Restaurant
24 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL

***This workshop has reached capacity. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

Practically all young children can develop a solid understanding of basic number concepts and values. With the right sequence of kinesthetic and manipulative activities, we can help children truly understand and appreciate mathematics for life.

But with all the content teachers are asked to "cover", it is easy to understand how difficult it might be to determine if there are gaps in the foundation skills that allow math learning to be fun and successful. In this workshop we will explore simple and efficient ways to determine exactly which skills a child has, and which skills the child is ready to learn. We will also develop simple strategies for instruction that focus on the specific needs of each child.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the essential sequence of early number concepts,
  • Learn how children can learn to fake their way through mathematical learning if they miss essential skills,
  • Learn to assess the essential sequence of early number concepts,
  • Learn to develop instructional strategies at the correct level of challenge,
  • Make mathematical learning fun in the early years,
  • Develop the skills to help practically every child understand basic number concepts, and
  • Smile a lot!

This workshop is for teachers and administrators in preschool through grade three.

Bob Sornson, Ph.D., worked as a classroom teacher and school administrator for over 30 years, and is the founder of the Early Learning Foundation. Bob is known for his workshops and keynote presentations on topics including early learning success, and teaching and parenting with Love and Logic. He is committed to the belief that practically every child can have a successful early learning experience. Bob is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach, and Preventing Early Learning Failure. For more information, visit

This workshop will take place at The Gage Restaurant, 24 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Click here for directions and parking information for The Gage.

Hotel Reservations
ISACS recommends the following two hotels and has secured special rates based on availability. Attendees must make their own hotel reservations; please contact the hotels directly to make your reservations.

The Seneca Hotel
200 East Chestnut
Chicago, IL 60614

Call 1-800-800-6261 and use the group code "ISACSIND" when making reservations for the $99/night plus tax rate for a deluxe room (single/double occupancy). This rate is based on availability. Click here for directions and parking information for The Seneca Hotel. The Seneca is approximately one mile from The Gage and one block from Michigan Avenue.

The Hotel Indigo
1244 N. Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610

For reservations, please call the Hotel Indigo directly at 312-787-4980, ask for reservations and request the "Independent Schools Association" rate to receive discounted rooms. Rates vary depending on date of stay; space and availability are limited. To book your room online (and receive the ISACS discounted rate), click here. The Hotel Indigo is approximately two miiles from The Gage

Click here for directions and parking information for The Hotel Indigo.

Registration Fee
  • $200 Member Fee
  • $250 Non Member Fee
  • 10% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Includes an abacus
  • Workshop includes lunch

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $200     Non-member Cost: $250


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