Jan 28

Junior Math Champs (4-6yo)

Lay the best foundation for your young child’s math skills in this playful approach to building number sense using Singapore’s effective method. Young kids will develop their numeracy, analytical and pattern-making skills in this hands-on approach to learning and loving and math!

Master the Art of Bar-Modeling (7yo and up)

Make your kids master Singapore’s effective approach to word problems — the bar model method. Students using the traditional and singapore math curricula will benefit from this visual method of analyzing word problems which helps them solve simple to complex word problems in an engaging way. Students will be grouped according to assessment results. (Call now for free assessment)

Thinking out of the box (7yo and up)

Kids will have a blast in learning creative methods in analyzing a variety of mathematical problems that cannot be solved using the bar-model approach. Thinking out of the box will help them see math in ways they’ve never seen before.

All programs will run in three batches:
Batch 1 April 10 – 20
Batch 2 April 23 – May 5
Batch 3 May 7 – 18

Limited slots only! Register before Feb 15 and get a discount! :-)

Call 387-6602 or 0932-843-5551 now to register.

Jan 22

Here’s an excerpt from a great article on Singapore Math from Education Leadership, a top journal from teaching and learning exerpts in K-12 education (download full article here).

Here is a math problem you can solve easily:

A man sold 230 balloons at a fun fair in the morning. He sold another 86 balloons in the evening. How many balloons did he sell in all?

And here is one you can’t:

Lauren spent 20 percent of her money on a dress. She spent 2/5 of the remainder on a book. She had $72 left. How much money did she have at first?

In Singapore, where 4th and 8th grade students consistently come in first on international math exams, students learn how to solve both problems using the same bar model technique. Students first encounter the technique in 3rd grade, where they apply it to very simple problems like the first one. In grades 4 and 5, they apply the same versatile technique to more difficult, multistep problems. By grade 6, they are ready to solve really hard problems like the second one.

The Mathemagis program follows the same approach and teaches the bar-model method as early as Grade 2.  Students progress to more complex 2 or 3 step word problems in the 3rd grade and do at least 4 to 6 steps by the time they are in Grade 5.  Grade 5 word problems are equivalent to first year high school problems solved in traditional algebra classes. The bar-model allows the students to solve more complex math problems that requires algebra in the traditional curriculum. The foundation of analysis and visualization is laid in the primary grades and eases the transition to high school.

Jan 8