## FAQ for Our Math Courses

Welcome to our Math Class Series! For grades 4- 6^{th}, we’ll be covering fractions, decimals, percent, pre-algebra, geometry, measurements in both metric and standard, word problems, real world application and so much more. Grades 7^{th} - 8^{th} will focus primarily on algebra, geometry, statistics and probability. All instruction is provided in both a live and recorded format for math class sessions.

Students begin each session with the teacher in a Math Lesson, introducing a concept, going over how to use it, and then focusing on the practical application for it.

Emphasis for this course is on application more than skill drills. There are opportunities for live sessions each week which your student can watch either live or recorded. The first session covers the math concept, the second session is a deeper dive of the concept and also opportunities for students to have additional help through if they have questions.

We will have recordings of all live sessions so you can work asynchronously at your own pace, on your own schedule.

Your student can choose as little or as much as they would like to complete. You work through the program at your own pace. If you already know a concept, skip to the math labs and in-depth activities we cover. If it's new to you, take your time with it with the workbooks and skill practice we provide. You can attend the live sessions or watch the recordings when you are ready for the next concept, learning how to apply it to the real world. There will be plenty of content each week to work with.

Most students will be able to do their work independently after you set them up with how the course works and what the expectations are. Expect your student to spend one hour with a teacher twice each week in a math class, and then 15-30 minutes per day working on math skills for beginners using the workbooks provided. Intermediate and Advanced students spend 30-60 min per day to complete their math assignments each week.

The live class schedule is posted for each term in the top nav bar: Grades 4-6th Schedule and Grades 7-8 Schedule.

Students begin each week with a math concept, watching the teacher in a Math Lesson and after will begin their workbooks. Each session starts by introducing the math concept. Emphasis for this math course is on application more than skill drills.

Students will do best in this course will already have their multiplication tables down and understand basic arithmetic such as add, subtract, multiply and divide. This course is for students that are serious about mastering the fundamental math concepts and understanding how those concepts are used by getting real hands-on practice with real engineering and science problems.

The math lesson with the teacher is only the first step. We work hard to get kids interested and excited to learn more, and they need to do the work after class in order to make consistent, steady progress throughout the year. Students that passively watch the live classes without taking any notes or doing any assigned work will not make progress in math. The more time and effort your student puts into this course, the more they will achieve during the year.

The live (and recordings) math lesson classes will get your student started with the math concepts for the week, and then we provide the materials (step by step instructional videos, worksheets, handouts, homework, workbooks, games, puzzles, activities, math labs, tests, quizzes and review sessions) that expand and support their learning as they do their assigned work outside of the teacher’s math lesson.

Students must continue their explorations and discoveries with math on their own after class. In fact, once they get started in a regular rhythm of consistent daily practice, you'll find most students can't wait to do more all on their own!

You decide how much math your student is ready for and what "consistent, steady progress" looks like for your student. Each student will have a different study schedule based on their interest, ability and how much they have mastered.

No. You work through the sessions at your own pace, which means some sessions will be shorter than others, depending on how much your student has already mastered. Students typically take between 2 weeks to 2 months per session, depending on the topic.

Each session has several teacher-led math lessons. Start with the first one “Day 1”, and if your student is understanding the math concepts being introduced, then you can start on the workbooks that go with that lesson. If your student needs more teacher-led instruction, then watch “Day 2” and then “Day 3”… as much as your student needs before they start work on their workbooks.

“Beginners” are brand-new to the concept being introduced, “intermediates” are practicing with the concept, and “advanced” cover the practical applications of the concept in general.

Students may switch between “beginner”, “intermediate” and “advanced” at any time. These terms describe a student’s interest and ability, not grade or age.

Please go here: START HERE.

On this page you'll find a Quick Assessment, a Grade Level Guide, and a Math Level Progression in addition to the Academic Planner for the current year.

Fun and challenging!

Our classes are just like a course at a University, complete with interesting teachings and happy students. After class is over, students work on what they need to learn in order to master the concepts we just introduced. If you only attend university lectures, you will not get very much out of the class. Students must study outside of class to get the full benefit of the learning experience.

Use the Lesson Plan for your child's grade Level in the *Grade Level Guide *found on the START HERE page. This will walk you through every assignment, and you decide how long you want to take for each session. Beginners always work through the main workbook first.

You decide how many assignments to complete for the session. You do not have to do all the assignments. We provide a wide variety so students choose based on their interest and ability levels. Do the assignments you need to in order to master the concept for the week.

**You are not behind in a self-paced program.** You work through the program at your own pace, on your own schedule. All instruction is provided in our Math Lessons, which are currently recorded and published. You decide how often and how long to spend on math each week.

If you want to participate in live sessions, Please refer to our live class schedule for exact dates and times. Participation in live classes is not required. Most students prefer to watch their Math Lessons recorded so they can take their time and pause to stop and think about what is being presented. Students that watch both live and again as a recording get a *lot *more out of each class, especially if they take notes during the second round to really integrate the lessons.

Students can work through at their own pace through the program. Sometimes they will progress quickly and other times, they will need extra time.

All live math classes are recorded and published to the appropriate section every time we teach a class. You can start this program at any time, there is no rush to "catch up" or "keep up", you go at your own pace, on your own schedule.

Most students will be able to do their work independently after a little help from you, the parent, at the start. Please make sure you work alongside your student when they start our program, as it can be overwhelming to start a new class and not really understand what the expectations are or what they are supposed to do.

Expect your student to spend time with us in a math lesson 1-2 times per week (either live or watching the recordings) and also at least 15-30 minutes per day working on math skills (for beginners) and 30-45 min 3-5 times per week (for intermediate and advanced students).

You can expect your student to complete 2-5 workbook pages each day to learn new skills in addition to activities and math lab projects, which vary each week. Go slower if they need more time to complete the activities.

Short answer: Maybe.

If the workbooks are too easy, take the two page test at the back of the workbook to "test out" of that workbook. Use these tests as a diagnostic tool to determine where you child is within each area of math.

We'll be providing students with workbooks that they can go through at their own pace. After the workbooks are complete, students will find math activities, games and puzzles to further their understanding in addition to math labs, which are real-world opportunities to work with scientific data that they will analyze and work with and turn around and give back to scientists and engineers. It's a science-based math curriculum!** **

Welcome aboard! This program is self-paced, so you decide what you want to study and we’ll help you get started. The program is built around the content covered in the workbooks, so please use the test found at the back of each workbook if your child feels they have already mastered an area of math. If your child is struggling with a concept, use the main math lesson for the session in addition to the step-by-step instructional videos for each workbook so your child can go through the material with a teacher.

Access is available on a yearly membership. Your enrollment starts the day you enroll and continues through 12 full months.

Yes, please contact us so we can help you with your special request. Please understand that if you request your enrollment to start beyond the 30-day refund period, we are unable to extend this refund period (it’s the refund policy of credit card companies and banks, not ours).

We have students participating worldwide, so I know you can appreciate how difficult it is to find a time that works for everyone on the planet. We always provide recordings so you can watch our math lessons at a time that is best for you. We also offer special math events at varying times throughout the year, so every student will have the opportunity to participate no matter where they live in the world. These are sent to you in our weekly emails.

We offer math courses from grades 4^{th} – 8^{th} at this time. We specialize in getting kids interested, excited and enthusiastic about math and really understanding how it relates to the real world. High school math courses are much more rigorous and require a lot more attention, time and focus. We do have recommendations if you require high school math courses, please email us for these recommendations. Please review the last five pages of the *Math Level Progression* found on the START HERE page for information about High School Math.

Yes! We have a full math curriculum for grades 4^{th} – 8^{th} grades.

Yes and no. Yes, we more than cover *all *common core math skills and standards if you do *all *the content in its entirety, grades 4^{th} – 8^{th} level. No, the program is not aligned with common core, so skills are covered in a different order and sequence.

We cover so much more than common core. We have a complete common core index on the website (look in the footer for “Math Quick Checks”). Our math program is not aligned with common core, it is based on the math skills and way of thinking that is required for science and engineering students in college. It’s more than a math curriculum – this program will teach your student how to think about real world problems, use math to analyze complex problems, and interpret their solutions back into the real world.

Yes, we have many kids with various learning challenges that happily and successfully use our math program. Since the program is self-paced, this allows kids to spend the extra time they need or even taking an accelerated approach when needed. Our program is based on a hands-on approach to give kids a solid understanding of how to model the real world on paper, use math to solve complex problems, and then interpret your results so they make sense and you can actually use them in the real world.

Click on the word “WORKBOOKS” in the upper right and scroll down to find the appropriate workbook. The workbooks are in PDF format.

Please contact our team by sending us an email so we can help: [email protected]

No. Only print out the materials you intend to use for the week. If printing is too difficult, or you are unsure which downloads to print, simply have your student use a plain lined notebook to do their work by viewing the PDF on a computer screen.

Students must be able to do basic arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as have their multiplication table down (if this is an issue, please start with our Multiplication Workshop). This program is really students that want a deeper understanding what these math concepts are used for by getting real hands-on practice using them in both the engineering and scientific world.

Your student will evaluate their own work. Students are provided with answer keys so they can check their own work once completed. We recommend keeping all work in a binder with a simple cover sheet to easily keep track of your assignments and progress. Students will learn how to track their own progress and keep a running log of their performance during our courses (HINT: That's also a math lesson!).

Your child should do at least 5-10 minutes of math practice every day outside of the Math Lesson with a teacher (and even longer if they are enjoying it). This consistent practice will improve their proficiency and create a sense of progress and consequently enthusiasm for math in general. If you make math practice a regular activity, it’s an expected part of their day that happens with little to no hassle.

Once your child has reached a level of consistency, then it’s time for slower-paced, more in-depth work in addition to quick math practice, for a total of 30 – 45 min per day. Use verbal games, flash cards, or mental math to do your math facts in a short time. Mix into your daily practice a little bit of a review of the material they have mastered, and if your child stumbles, do a quick practice until it smooths out again.

Your child should have effortless use of their math skills so they don’t get in the way when you work with more advanced topics. We’ll give you plenty of options for these during our time together.

Most students don’t think twice about pulling out a calculator (or cell phone) when it comes to calculations, so here’s how we’ll use these in our math sessions.

Please don’t use a calculator until you have completed *all *of Unit 2: Decimals Sessions #1-7 at both the *Beginner *and *Intermediate *levels. (By the way, Grades 7-8th we assume you already have mastered decimals, so go ahead!)

Calculators are great devices, as they skip the tedious calculations that bog down many students. However, your child needs to develop a feeling and understanding of number relationships, and using a calculator will short change this development.

**How do I know my child is ready to use a calculator as a tool?** Your child is ready for a calculator when they can easily ballpark their answer and know what to expect their answer to be. This will begin to happen for some students after we finish fractions and decimals. Students need to develop a practical sense of how numbers are related and how they interact.