I like the fact that the kids are working in very small groups with an experienced math tutor. However I am concerned that they are not experienced enough in common core math. A variety of ways should be modeled,explained and demonstrated as all students have different learning abilities and styles. (for example perhaps the tutors can demonstrate how to solve a problem using a small whiteboard using white board markers) also the worksheets should show more examples of what is being taught... Perhaps make the worksheets look more kid friendly and colorful for the younger students...perhaps include a computer workstation area where kids can practice taking their math benchmark tests as that is how students are now being tested on state tests. These are just suggestions that Mathnasium could take into consideration to complement what is being taught in classrooms across the country. Also parents do not know enough about common core math and I would appreciate that a fact sheet should be given out to parents that list how common core math is being implemented at all grade levels in mathnasium so that parents have a better understanding of what their child is expected to learn. I recognize that Mathnasium is not a classroom, however I do think that it is important that it should be aligned with the new common core standards as that is the way the math curriculum is now moving nationally. I am not sure how rigorous the math is at Mathnasium but I do like that the kids can continue being challenged as they demonstrates to master concepts and skills. Thank you.
My 8 year old son (who is ok at math, just not very into it),is loving the summer program. He begs to go and is disappointed when he uses up his sessions for the week and has to wait for the next week to go!