Hello. Thank you for taking the time to read this page. I founded Kids With An Edge in Seattle because I honestly believe that investing in our children’s education is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. It is an investment with lifelong returns.
At Kids With An Edge, our highly qualified tutors care about your child and are passionate about what they teach – whether it be math, reading, science, test prep or coding. Our Early Learning programs for preschoolers and kids ages 5-7 are uniquely effective and powerfully engaging. Our Strong FUNdamentals! Math Classes will provide your child with a strong foundation on which to build a lifelong love of math.
Play, Laugh, Learn is the philosophy behind our highly effective Early Learning program which helps children maximize their potential in a fun and nurturing environment.
Our Early Learning program has been carefully designed with a completely unique curriculum and approach for preschoolers, kindergarteners and first graders.
Math is a foundational requirement for so many fields of study, from business to robotics and architecture to medicine.
If your child is struggling in math, it is imperative to take the time out and investigate the source of the struggle. Unless there are learning challenges, the struggle always stems from a gap in the foundation. And because of this gap, your child is unable to grasp new material. Math, in particular, is a subject that very systematically builds on itself.
It is important to understand the concepts as they are presented in the classroom. If a child starts to fall behind, they tend to lose interest in that subject. The worse they perform, the less they are motivated to study and without studying, they will continue to fall farther behind. Somewhere along the way, many children fall victim to common stereotypes like “Math is for nerds,” Math is for boys,” or “Math is just too hard, I can never be good at it.”
When we teach, we don’t like to just introduce a new concept as a stand-alone topic. We like to guide your child into discovering the new concept as an extension of the previous one. We don’t want your child to just memorize facts; we want them to understand what they are doing. We always try and give children the reason for why a math problem is solved in a particular way. We like to involve our students in the process of arriving at the answer. This way, the students own the methodology and remember how to solve the problem.
We also like to show children how to write their math. We like to show them how to systematically and neatly arrive at a solution on paper in order to avoid careless and unnecessary errors. We believe in diagramming a problem whenever possible so that your child can actually visually see what is going on.
Our goal is that your child should understand that “math is not magic”, but that it is simply logic!
We believe that academic success has a very strong emotional component. Your child has to feel they have the ability to succeed. In the higher levels, even an A-student has some anxiety before they start each new math class; imagine how a child who is already struggling feels? That fear alone can affect their performance- kind of like a “self-fulfilling prophecy”. We need to help our children establish a pattern of success by not only providing them with help when it is absolutely required, but by actually anticipating their needs beforehand.
By exposing your child to the math before they see it in the classroom, we equip them to be able to feel comfortable with the pace set in their classroom and to be able to do well despite being in a class of 30 children with limited personal attention.
Middle school and then high school are major times of transition physically, socially, emotionally and academically. As the children enter higher grades, they are only too happy to not have to stress about math when they have 5 other subjects vying for their attention.
Math is the best subject to study ahead of time. It doesn’t matter who their teacher is going to be or what school they will go to, the math concepts are still the same. Math is logical; it makes sense and there is a right answer.
We sincerely believe and are passionate about investing in children sooner rather than later. Sometimes, parents fear that they are pressuring their child by taking a proactive stance on their child’s education, when in fact, they are actually empowering them.
But, if I teach my child in advance, won’t my child just get bored in class? Not at all. Math requires a lot of practice and repetition. Seeing a concept presented for the first time in school is not enough to master it. The first time, it is new and easy to forget and the child struggles with just trying to understand the basic concept. The second time around is when they feel comfortable and are able to appreciate the application and finer points of the concept. It is the second time around that they can step back and see where a particular concept fits into the grand scheme of things. This sets a strong foundation for the years ahead.
A side benefit is that children also love being the resident class expert! It actually helps to build their leadership skills and confidence when their peers come to them for help.
I have seen first-hand what an incredible difference setting a strong foundation along with preparing for math in advance has made in the lives of my own children. They were both in the Seattle School District’s HCC (Highly Capable Cohort) program for those children who test into the top 2% for math and English. I always made sure to prepare my kids in advance when it came to math. As a result, by the end of the first quarter of 11th grade, my daughter had already completed all three levels of college Calculus with a 4.00 GPA, earning her 15 college credits at the University of Washington(UW)! As a 9th grader, my son has completed AP Calculus AB with a 4.00 GPA and earned a 5/5 on his AP exam, giving him 10 credits of Calculus at the UW!
Math is the only subject I have had my kids study beforehand. Doing so has always freed them up during the school year to be able to concentrate on and do well in all of their other subjects. As a result, both of them are straight A students across the board. And my daughter was just admitted directly from high school into the highly competitive University of Washington’s Computer Science and Engineering Program!