# Elementary School Math Program

At Mathnasium, we know how vital learning math is in elementary school—it forms the foundation for all your child’s future math studies. To make it understandable, we take an orderly, logical approach to teaching it to your child.

We begin with computation and problem solving using whole numbers, and then move on to computation and problem solving with rational numbers—fractions, decimals, percents, and negative numbers. (Interesting fact: In math, the word “rational” comes from the mathematical term “ratio.” It has nothing to do with being reasonable.)

This foundation we give them is essential for pre-algebra and algebra, which they will encounter in middle school.

## Our Approach

Elementary school students work one to one with our instructors in a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile, and written exercises. Beyond teaching students all-important math concepts and skills, our special program helps them build number sense by showing them just how numbers work. As it progresses, students get more and more comfortable with numbers. We call this numerical fluency—the ability for elementary school kids to effortlessly recall addition and subtraction facts—a valuable asset when they face upcoming challenges in math.

Each child is evaluated with a written and verbal assessment unique to Mathnasium. Based on the assessment results, we create a custom program designed to help close educational gaps they may have and make it easier for them to jump ahead when they’re ready for advanced math challenges.

Additionally, we help children understand their school homework as part of each session, as well as help them prepare for school tests, standardized tests, and various school entrance exams.

### How your elementary school child benefits—whether behind or ahead in math

• By giving your child a firm foundation—and confidence—in math, Mathnasium can keep them from falling behind in the future and help them avoid the problems and upsets that falling behind can bring.
• Elementary school students who love math and are good at it come to Mathnasium to experience areas of math typically not covered at school. The strong introduction they get helps them build the foundation for continued math success in middle school, high school, and beyond.