The student textbook, for each grade, provides the building block of our program. Students study real-life narratives to understand why they need to learn the math. Manipulative, written and verbal activities are provided for each standard in each domain. Didax is our chosen manipulatives provider. Memory jigglers provide information to students to know they must learn important information; student exercises are a mix of visual and tactile, inquiry based and or multiple choice by standard applications.
Manipulatives are used to demonstrate the concepts. For K-2 a set of conceptual understanding activities using manipulatives is provided. The lesson plans in the textbooks are mainly activity based and are underpinned with a strategy of teaching literacy with numeracy. Please review the matching components of the program for the grade(s) you are reviewing:
Practice workbooks provide further opportunities for students to repeat activities and memorize the content.
STEM projects put mathematics into a different context. For example, in Grade K students become Helicopter pilots to learn numbers 0-20, in Grade 4 Stomp the Math fractions are addressed with music and animation. To complete the project, calculations must be made quickly and accurately as part of the animation.
When completing STEAM activities, quick calculations are again needed but in a different context. Decisions on how many shapes need to be cut with the die machine or what fraction of the paper must be folded are made instantly. Personal, social and health reader activity books are available for each grade including Amelia Rose K-8, Olympic 1, 2, Poetry in Motion, Davis Family and 21st Century Families.