Welcome to my Math Course!

I am so happy you are here! My course is designed to develop your child's confidence so that when they go out in the world, they have the tools they need to use math in every day real life. 

The purpose of the course is to provide students with clear, easy steps that demonstrate basic methods of mathematics and form a bridge between real life and the new math skills students will develop.

PLEASE watch the entire STARTER PACK intro video so you know how the course works and how to use it effectively with your student(s).

NOTICE! The video below is for the Academic year 2023-24.
We have a NEW VIDEO coming for you soon!

After you download the packet, please read through it and print out the personal grading sheet if your child is going to track their progress. Put this in your math binder.

Step 1: What level is your student currently at?

đź—ą I have no idea.

Not a problem, we'll help you figure it out!

We need to know where your child is on the map before diving into any math course (not just ours).

Kids are ready for our entry level (Fractions) when they can add, subtract, multiply and divide by whole numbers and they have their multiplication table down.

Students are ready for our upper level (Algebra 1 & Middle School Geometry) when they can add, subtract, multiply and divide both fractions and decimals, and are also fluent in ratios, proportion, and percent.

Still not sure? Click the button below.

đź—ą I have some idea.

Do you have a rough idea about what your child has been studying, but you're not sure if there are gaps in their understanding?

No problem! First, decide on an area of math you'd like them to continue with:

  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percent
  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry (Grades 4-6th)
  • Geometry (Grades 7-8th)

And download the WORKBOOKS for that level. Use the 2-page test at the back of each to place their level of mastery of that area of math.

Now go to Step 2 below.

đź—ą I know exactly where they are in math.

Great! Your next job is to decide if you'd like to go through the program by Grade Level or by Topic. 

For example, do you want to spend the year on just one topic or do you want to hop around to different areas appropriate for your child's level?

Also, start thinking about how much time you want to spend personally with your child in their math course. This includes everything from planning and developing every lesson to delivering the content, grading the homework and tracking their grades.

(Are you feeling overwhelmed yet? Don't worry - we're here to help with that, too.)

Go to Step 2 below!

 

Step 2: How much do you want to be involved?

đź—ą I Want Total Control

Fantastic! We'll provide you with the entire curriculum, and you can put the elements together to custom-create your own program.

Download these three documents:

Your next step is to read over this content, and outline your educational goals for your child, setting up the milestones you want your child to reach for the entire year, each term, and every month.

Next, decide how many times every week and how long per session to devote to math studies. Most schools operate 170 days (34 weeks) every year, which can be a good starting point for your scheduling.

Now you figure out  whether to go through this math program by Topic (Fractions, Decimals, Percent, Algebra, Geometry) or by Grade Level (Grades 4th - 8th).

Use the sample schedules in the Grade Levels document to help you what to cover each week and create your child's path through the program.
 
The Math Assignment Outline lets you know the appropriate assignments for each Session so you can determine the homework assignments for the week for your student. 
 
The math lessons with Aurora are the introduction to the concept and getting you started. After class, students will choose which math activities, games, projects, puzzles, and activities they want to work on based on their interest and ability. Beginner students always start with their workbooks.
 
We do ask that you help your child initially with the program, making sure they understand how it works and the expectations are. After that, you only need to check in weekly to see how they are progressing!
 

Please note: a “beginner” simply means that the math concept being introduced is new to the student. “Intermediate" simply means students needs time practicing how to use the new concept, and "Advanced” means that the student is ready for the practical application of the concept.

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

đź—ą I Want Some Control
but you do the hard stuff

Perfect! After you know your child's current level of math, your next step is to decide how you want to be involved.

Do you want to:

  • ...help them study and learn?
  • ...choose what they study this year?
  • ...do the lessons with them?

Our program is very flexible and works with a variety of parent-teacher formats. You can work alongside your child, or set them up to go on their own with you peeking in from time to time.

So let's figure out how they will attend the Math Classes: watching the lessons live or recorded, or a mix of both?

Students may work synchronously (attending our math lessons live with us),  asynchronously with the recordings (you go at your own pace and on your own schedule), or both (attending live classes and also watching recordings when they need more instruction).

Use the appropriate Grade Level Guide below to see sample schedules you can choose from. 

We do the hard stuff! We prepare and deliver all math lessons, activities and homework, we answer all their questions... all you need to do is bring the kids!

Pick your child's Grade Level and decide the path your child will take through the program (if you have no idea, do the Mastery Schedule and start on Week 1). 

We do ask that you help your child initially with the program, making sure they understand how it works and the expectations are. After that, you only need to check in weekly to see how they are progressing!

We teach two live classes every week (watch live or recorded), with an optional third Study Hall session with a teacher so all students get plenty of live teacher support (even if they work asynchronously - Study Hall is for all students no matter where they are in the program).

So jump into a Math Lesson (watch live or recorded) and let's get started!

đź—ą None - Do It For Me

Absolutely! Parents often use this approach if they're already overwhelmed with other areas of life. We're happy to help!

The first thing you need to do is decide which grade level your child is currently at (use the Quick Math Level Assessment from Step 1 above.)

Second, you need to find out what we're currently teaching in the live classes, even if it's not quite where your student is at right now.

Check the current Live Class Schedule for your level and join a live class, and we'll help you get started, even if you start mid-year. It's that easy!

Before attending your first class, check the schedule and see what the math topic is for the week, and print out the appropriate handout for our session. This is what we will be working through during the math lesson.

During your very first math class, your job is to see if your child connects with the class and the teacher. Ask them to focus on the teaching style, even if the math concept is new and not making sense yet. Let your child know that it's fine if they are not quite at this level yet, we want them to see what a live class is like, and if they're interested in learning more from us.

Near the end of every class, Aurora will do a quick tour of the website, showing students where to find their assignments and activities, and stay on to answer questions as students start their homework. This is your opportunity to ask Aurora live about anything with the program!

We do ask that you help your child initially with the program, making sure they understand how it works and the expectations are. After that, you only need to check in weekly to see how they are progressing!

So jump into a Live Math Class and let's get started!

 

Step 3: After the Math Class...

The Math Lesson classes (watch live or recorded) are only the first step. We work hard to get kids interested and excited to learn more, and then they do need to do the work after class in order to make consistent, steady progress over time.
 
Treat our classes like a class at a University. After class is over, it is up to the students to work on what they need to learn in order to master it. If you only attend university lectures, you will not get very much out of the class, you must do more study outside of class to get the full experience: homework, activities, projects and labs.
 
You can start this program at anytime, there is no rush to "catch up" or "keep up", you go at your own pace, on your own schedule. Please refer to the Grade Level Schedule to find the right sequence for your student through our program.

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.

How will I know this is working for my child?

We use the University Model in our math classes. Each week, we deliver two classes with a teacher (you can watch class recorded or participate live). We also provide study materials for students to continue throughout the week (specified in the Math Assignments outline) and an optional private small-group Study Hall tutoring session on zoom.

The Math Assignments outline for each session is a menu, not a "to-do" list. Students may do as many of these projects, activities, labs, games, challenges and workbooks as appropriate to their level.

Focus on progress, not perfection.

We want to see consistent, daily progress with your student. The “right” amount of work is when they are happily engaged and eager for more. This amount will be different for every student.

Please note: a “beginner” simply means that the math concept being introduced is new to the student. “Intermediate" simply means students needs time practicing how to use the new concept, and "Advanced” means that the student is ready for the practical application of the concept.

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

Do you have questions? We're happy to help! Check our FAQ.

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 recording) and also at least 5-15 minutes per day working on math skills (for beginners) and 30-45 min 3-5 times per week (for intermediate and advanced students). There will be workbook pages each day to learn new skills in addition to activities and math lab projects which vary each week.

We'll be providing students with workbooks each week that they can go through at their own pace, weekly lab projects, in-class math activities and opportunities to work with real 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. You work through the program at your own pace, and you can wither attend the live sessions or watch the recordings when you are ready for the next concept.

How to Support your Child in this Math Course

Children’s learning is rarely predictable and tidy. Every child will have particular opportunities or needs that will suggest going through things at different speeds or in a particular order.

For the most part, your child will be able to do this math course on their own, but there may be times when they’ll need a little help. You know your child best, and by taking a little extra time to work individually with your child up front, this will really set them up for success long-term because you’re helping them when they need it most.

Most of the time, your child will be working on more than one skill simultaneously. It is easier for students to have more than one area to work with at a time, as they can work on one area while letting the more difficult idea have time to sink in.

Remind your student that it’s ok if things don’t seem to be presented in a controlled or logical way. Please be willing to switch to a different step and drop an activity entirely if your child does not seem ready or interested. You may be surprised at how perfectly suited they are within a week or month for that very same activity or skill.

If your student does not like math, usually it’s because they had an experience with math being hard, unpleasant, boring, and useless. Our math curriculum focuses on making math a fun, natural part of their everyday life by showing the students that mathematics is a part of things that happen all around us, every day. Read more...

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