Focus topics for Mathematics

Specific topics have been chosen to align with schools districts in Marathon county and the Common Core standards during the school term to provide students the time they need to learn specific areas of mathematics while having fun.
Topics varies from age levels between Fall and Spring Semesters.

Fall 2018 topics

Math and Art ( Ages 3-5)
One very famous piece, known as the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, is drawn according to the golden ratio. The golden ratio is 1:0.618 and has been coined golden because it is said to be aesthetically pleasing. The golden proportion can be found throughout the human body Students will learn math through art by experimenting with colors and shapes. They will learn about symmetry, 2D/3D shapes, area and volume. They will learn to articulate their understanding of math concepts using art. Art allows the most difficult mathematical concepts to be learned by our youngest learners.

Number sense (Ages 6-8)
Number sense is one of the most crucial concept for children to learn as it encourages students to think flexibly.As math educator Marilyn Burns observed in her 2007 book About Teaching Mathematics, “students come to understand that numbers are meaningful and outcomes are sensible and expected.” In this class, students will learn about , whole number concepts, whole number computations, numeration, fraction concepts ,basic operations, place value and coin values and relationships.

Spatial reasoning (Ages 9-11)
Spatial reasoning is the ability to mentally visualize 2D AND 3D shapes and process the information. Children are highly capable of sophisticated spatial skills such as mental rotation, symmetry, perspective-taking, use of scale, navigation skills, and basic map-making. Students will learn about symmetry, congruence, similarity, compose and decompose shapes and partition geometric shapes.

Geo Geo Geometry (Ages 12-14)
We encounter and use geometry in our daily lives. Why is geometry important is equivalent to asking why humans built the great pyramids, great wall of china, taj mahal and modern buildings. For an example,  researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have revealed surprising insights into how the physics of molecules within a cell affect how the cell behaves. This has been inspired by how geometry influences physical systems such as soft matter.  "The most exciting thing we found is that geometry really matters when it comes to cell behaviors," Nathan Bade said ( Nathan D. Bade et al. Curvature and Rho activation differentially control the alignment of cells and stress fibers, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700150 ).
The study of geometry has been in the forefront of research and architecture and students will focus on polygon properties ,angle relationships , pythagorean theorem, congruence & similarity , transformations (translations, reflections, rotations), dilation and coordinate geometry. 


Spring 2019 topics
Number sense (Ages 3-5)

Math and Art ( Ages 6-8)

Problem solving (Ages 9-11)

Algebra Oh Algebra (Ages 12-14)