Focus
on Fundamental Math Operations We make sure that
students are not only learning the school curriculum but also advancing in the
topics. For example when students are learning how to handle decimal problems,
we include all the problems related to decimals using mental math strategies and not using the calculator. Student perform all the problems without using
calculators and when completed they grasp the solid understanding of four
fundamental operations of math.We use the same teaching strategies for fractions, percentage, ratios and other topics.
Individual & Group learning
Group learning is an integral part of the 123 math magic
approach. Our experience has shown that when students are working in a group
they analyzed the problem and discussed the work together. They learn how to
work as a group as well as individual work. For example when learning
survey techniques they work as a team, prepare survey questionnaire and
interview other students and work as a group.
In depth Problem Solving Approach
We focus on strategies and problem solving techniques. Students
are taught problem solving methods using various examples. For example
when students are learning Order of Operations (commonly known as BEDMAS), we
take the approach of explaining why are we using this method. We explain the
reasoning behind it so students are clear in their mind and understand the
concepts. Students are encouraged to ask WHY and HOW etc, so they can
understand the concepts behind it.
Number Sense, Geometry and Algebra
Students are introduced with addition and subtractions word
problems in grade 1 and in grade 2 they learn 2 digits multiplication with
ease. They also learn pattern rules, probability rules and introduction to
shapes, temperature and time skills in grade 2. In grade 3 and upward we start
focusing on mental math and problem solving strategies. Order of operation is
taught in grade 3 and by grade 4 they do all the operations including brackets,
multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. In grade 4 they learn about
Median number, how to find the mode and median and draw angles and circles.
They learn survey techniques and show their results in bar graph in grade 2 and
then advance in higher grades.
Science Lessons
Students do weekly science worksheets and small science
experiment. In addition to that, they do 3-4 science projects every year
which includes detail reports, thorough research, display and presentation. We
motivate them to take part in local Science fairs and gain the confidence.
Occasionally, we play math and science trivia quizzes in the class. These
quizzes are based on the concepts they are learning and are very helpful for
students to remember it. |