During the summer we will be offering:
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.
Take one week this summer to take the stress off of your child in the fall when they will have 5 other subjects vying for their attention!
We are offering Summer Math Camps for students entering 5th-8th grade or taking Algebra 1 in the fall. Camps are specifically designed using the Seattle Public Schools’ curriculum. The camps are divided into short and effective sessions with small class sizes. The instructors are engineers with extensive tutoring experience. The camps are designed to be fun and interactive.
If you would like to see a different class/time offered, form a group and propose a class and/or send an email to [email protected] with your preferred timing and we will see what we can do.
We will be using the Common Core Standards and Seattle public school accepted text so the students will feel a sense of continuity when they start classes in the fall. Of course, we will supplement the material as we feel necessary.
We like to involve our students in the process of arriving at an answer. We will definitely introduce the class material, but but we do not see the benefit in our standing at the white board just solving example problems. We want our students to own the methodology and understand the “why?”. When they help arrive at the answer, they remember how to solve the problem. And they remain interested and enjoy the journey.
It is definitely possible to self-study for math, but studying in a class format with peers keeps children structured and motivated and they also learn more from the questions and insights of other students
It is very important to make sure the children know how to attack a problem and how to present their answer. We always emphasize the benefits of sketching the problem, listing the variables and what they mean and then solving the problem systematically and legibly. Messy math is often a breeding ground for careless errors.
Classes will be filled on a first come first served basis. Small classes will ensure that each student receives one-on-one attention.
There will be plenty of time to work on problems and ask questions. Working problems independently is the only way to master a topic. We will be able to provide the students with plenty of one-on-one attention.
This is the time to further hone their skills through fun games or trying their hand at leading the class through a certain solution. There is nothing quite so effective as teaching if you want to make sure you understand a particular topic and kids love the chance to showcase their skills. We will tailor the activities to match the personalities of the children and in such a way as to build their confidence. We want the kids to walk out of class happy and smiling.
We feel it is important to communicate with the parents regarding their children and will provide you with feedback. We definitely believe parental involvement is a strong component in a child’s success.
We know from personal experience that academic accomplishment is not only the result of intelligence and hard work; it requires self-confidence and a positive self-image. We know that an intelligent student can be made to stumble if she believes the subject is just too hard for her and likewise, a struggling student can be made to succeed if he is encouraged and told he can do it. Our goal is to personally encourage and guide each child based on their strengths and needs. We want them to know that we and their parents are rooting for them!
Once a week, for a short time, we will try and have a high school student or other professional who can talk about the importance of math in their field drop by to help inspire the children and also answer any questions they might have about future options. We would really appreciate it if any parents could drop by and share with the children!
When we asked some of our 6th graders what they thought about camp, here is what they said (they were a bit shy and decided they wanted to write out what they thought before they spoke):
We have created special offerings in recognition of how essential it is to prepare a child for transitioning to middle school and from middle school to high school.
These camps will provide children with a fun opportunity to look ahead to what is coming. The 6th through 8th grade curricula are very closely related, where one builds on the other. We can use the Seattle Public School curriculum. Succeeding in middle school definitely builds confidence and a strong foundation for high school.
Our aim is to prep students so that when they start math classes in the fall, they feel confident. Given that math builds on itself, this will help set the tone for the entire year. Classes will be filled on a first come first served basis.
Small Group Camps: Only 2-4 students in each class, Lots of 1:1 Attention!
There are no registration fees. In order to reserve your spot, the full tuition payment is due at the time of registration. Once you have completed the registration form online, the center will contact you with payment details. Only upon receipt of payment are we able to reserve your student’s spot in class.
In order to withdraw from class, please send an email notification. A refund, minus $50, will be issued for all email notices received prior to July 5. No refunds will be issued for notices received on or after July 5.
Please send your child with the following personal supplies:
Curriculum Workbook – based on the current SPS curriculum, we will notify you of where/what to purchase prior to start of class
“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand. Step back and I will act.”Old Chinese Proverb