Mathematics

 
 
Our mathematics program has been designed to be hands-on and meaningful. Students experience daily exploration with varied math tools. Regular introduction of new mathematical concepts and modeling of problem solving skills are followed by opportunities for experiential learning and practice. Mathematical thinking and exploration are woven into the fabric of our day. Our innovative block building program allows children to pose and solve mathematical problems while exercising their creativity and working together.
 
Real-world experiences are highlighted as effective ways to practice and understand number concepts. Examples of this include the distribution of objects such as snack plates or tallying results in a classroom vote. Children are encouraged to put objects, events and actions into all kinds of relationships. When children are asked to think about number and quantities of things that are meaningful to them, they can then quantify objects logically and compare sets. Children are encouraged to be in a continuous exchange of ideas with their peers and teachers.
 
 
 
The frequent use of tools including pattern blocks, unifix cubes, geo-boards and color tiles allow for the hands-on understanding of abstract concepts such as number, pattern, sorting, grouping, and operations (addition and subtraction).
 
Our classroom SMARTboard is equipped with well-chosen lessons and experiences that support our math work and provide that extra sense of excitement as children approach the board to solve problems.
 
Blocks Program

Our block program provides first hand experience with a material that combines structure and freedom. Though blocks are a "free" material, children are guided and supported by teachers as they pose and solve problems to deepen their understanding, thus making their play more interesting and complex. The use of free tools, such as unit blocks, provides the concrete experience from which abstract thinking later develops.
 
In purposeful block play, children are constantly investigating, planning and collaborating. Block play is active; it builds strong fine and gross motor work and stimulates eye/hand/body coordination. Block play provides opportunities for expansive mathematical and scientific thinking while encouraging vocabulary growth and communication skills. It also allows for rich dramatic play that supports social and emotional development.

Children especially love block-building because it is driven by their own ideas. They are developing the themes and that personal connection propels their learning forward in exciting ways.