Math is a powerful tool that teaches children to REASON, ANALYZE, and LOGICALLY SOLVE PROBLEMS. With these skills, there is no limit to the opportunities that will open for your child in our techno-savvy 21st century marketplace.
It is a fact that colleges regard math very highly and look carefully at every class our child chooses and every grade they earn in high school. But math preparation doesn’t just begin in high school. Math is a subject that builds on itself every year. In order to believe that he or she can earn that A in high school, our child really needs to first earn that A in middle school. And the foundation for middle school is set in elementary school. Beginning successfully leads to confidence and continued success.
Every parent knows that it is easier to maintain a child’s confidence rather than build it back up again. A proactive approach to learning is the key to success. This is what my parents did for me and this is what I did for my children. I am so excited that our Strong FUNdamentals! Math Classes enable us to do the same for your child! Math builds on itself every year, so it is imperative to not only start with a strong foundation but to keep building on it every year. Gaps in the foundation will eventually show and your child will not be able to succeed at/enjoy math down the line. With math, it is imperative to start strong and stay strong. When children have a strong math foundation, it frees them up to concentrate more on other subjects in school and results in an overall stronger performance in school. Our kids spend most of the day in school, so confidence in school translates to confidence in life!
—A Note From Our Founder
- Very Small Groups- Optimal environment for learning.
- Children are automatically motivated to focus so that they can actively participate.
- They also want to do their homework because they know that their friends will do theirs.
- They learn even more from each others’ questions/insights/errors.
- Gain more confidence when they realize that everyone experiences times of confusion.
- You won’t have to hear, “Why am I the only one taking extra math classes?”
- This also allows us to set up fun team challenges: the students vs. the instructor. (Somehow the instructor always seems to lose – but not without a fight!) Even our shyest children walk out of our sessions with a confident smile.
- Consistent Instructor and Grade Specific. Drop-in centers may seem convenient on the surface, but having a different tutor for each session can actually be inefficient and even confusing for your child. Also, the attention your child receives is very divided because all the children around them are studying different subjects/levels.
At Kids With an Edge, your child will be placed in a small group where all the children are studying the same topic and your child will have a consistent instructor who will be able to really understand your child’s unique learning style and help them to grow from session to session. Our instructors genuinely care for and believe in your child. So many parents have told us that their child sees their instructor as a mentor and a role model.
- Highly Interactive and Engaging. No one likes to sit quietly filling out worksheets or conquering workbooks. We share their joy in that “Eureka!” moment when a concept suddenly makes sense. Children in our programs know that their instructor truly cares.
- Parental Support. After every elementary level class we meet with parents to share the exact terminology and techniques we taught in class so that parents can effectively support their child throughout the week.
- Customized Classes with Material to Practice New Skills. Each week, we customize the class content for each group of children and provide material each week so that your child can practice their new skills. Practice really does make perfect!
- Complement the School Curriculum.
Our classes can be used to either help your child:
- Excel in their current grade.
- Take a look ahead.
- Or take a second look at last year’s material and fill in the gaps.
- Attention to Thought Processes. Very small class sizes allow us to clarify your child’s thought processes before incorrect patterns take root. We don’t just ask your child to calculate the answer, but also ask them to explain how they arrived at the answer.
- Prove that “Math is NOT Magic”– not only teaching children how to solve problems but why to solve them in a particular manner. We will lead your child into discovering new concepts as an extension of previous concepts. They will understand that math is a wonderful puzzle where all the pieces fit together to reveal the big picture. They will not be burdened with carrying around a bag of unrelated pieces that are becoming harder and harder to manage. We will also show them how to best express their work on paper to avoid careless errors/confusion.
- Eliminate Common Misconceptions. Based on experience, we know exactly what areas to address and how to make sure your child understands the key basics every step of the way. We intentionally explore corner cases and ask questions in class that require your child to dig deeper…
- Focus on Building Numeracy in the Elementary School Years. We never want kids to rely on their fingers. We teach them to truly understand numbers. Even our first graders can mentally add 9+7 or subtract 15-8! We start learning how to memorize our multiplication tables as soon as first grade. Numeracy is an imperative foundation for fractions, story problems and so much more…
- Clearly Explain Advanced Concepts. We do not want your child to just blindly memorize facts and methods, as often occurs in school. Eventually, they will reach saturation. We want them to be able to CONJECTURE and DERIVE methods as needed. Even children earning an ‘A’ grade in school are glad they came to our classes!
- Designed to Build Confidence. We believe confidence is imperative to success. In order to succeed, a child needs to believe they can succeed!
Unfortunately, our girls are subject to the stereotypes surrounding math from a very young age. We have even had a little Kindergarten girl state that boys are better at math than girls. When we asked why she thought this, she said she had read it in a book! Many boys also develop an “I am just not good at math,” outlook and that is not fair to them. Time and again, it is because their foundation each year has gotten weaker due to gaps in understanding carrying over from the previous years.
The sooner children are equipped with the appropriate tools, the more successfully they will build upon their skill set. Here is a Seattle Times article on math and preschoolers.
With our classes, your child will start strong and stay strong! And our class format will ensure that they will enjoy the journey…
Here you can see how a strong foundation allows even the youngest of children to quickly grasp advanced topics in math.
Truly understanding the number line allows our Kindergartener to do pre-Algebra integer math!
Here, a kindergartener enjoys a multiplication game with our instructor.
These videos are meant to illustrate the power of a strong foundation and do not necessarily illustrate what we teach in our KG courses.
We want math to become a tool in your child’s hands and never feel like it’s a “hammer hitting them over the head.” It makes us so happy to hear our math students say, “This is actually fun! I like this…” Here are some testimonials from our parents and students!
We have loved the small group tutoring with Anu. I have seen how the social aspect of a small group makes a huge difference with my child who truly loves to go to math tutoring! She went from struggling in school (and hating math) to keeping up, gaining confidence and passing all her math assessments. Anu is very warm and has been responsive to adjust the curriculum to match our child’s unique needs. We are thankful to have found a great match here.
—Google Review: S Ja