Section: Math   |   School: Grammar School

Math in Focus employs a “visual approach”methodology using bar model drawing and other pictorial strategies that progressively lead a student from a concrete understanding of a particular math concept to an eventual abstract understanding of that same idea. Students are taught the“why of something works” before the“how something works.”  When a student grasps that numbers and symbols have actual meaning, they will approach problem solving with greater confidence and success.

## Math 5

Engaging young students in meaningful discussions of mathematics is an essential component of their math education. Math 5 combines this type of student engagement along with challenging content to inspire true wonder and love of the subject. Students learn to solve challenging math problems using several “visual approach” strategies based on the Singapore Method that bolster confidence in their own abilities and give rise to a greater appreciation of mathematics.

This grammar level math course is best suited for students ages 9-11 who need a solid foundational introduction to understanding addition and subtraction operations involving fractions and decimals. The course also includes selected pre-algebra, pre-geometry and pre- statistics concepts that will prepare the student for future math courses.

Textbook:  Please see current book list below.

## Math 6

Exemplary math instruction in the early years gives students the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas they have newly discovered. The result is the development of independent, thoughtful problem solvers with a deep appreciation and joy of mathematics. Math 6 combines this pedagogy with an exceptional visual approach to problem solving based on the Singapore Method to encourage this type of learning.

This grammar level math course is best suited for students ages 11-12 who have a basic understanding of the concepts involving adding and subtracting fractions and decimals. Building on this foundation, students will expand their understanding and appreciation of fractions and decimals by learning to multiply and divide these expressions. The course also includes instruction in ratios, rates and percent. The introduction of algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities along with lessons about the coordinate plane and measures of central tendency will serve to solidly prepare students for Pre-Algebra.

Textbook:  Please see current book list below.