 # Mathematics

Mathematics study at Blake is both challenging and fun. Students learn to use math as a tool for solving problems by thinking conceptually. Instruction goes far beyond dry formulas, analyzing why a result is true or a particular strategy works. Throughout the divisions, courses emphasize the same key elements:

• inquiry and problem-solving;
• exploring each concept over an extended period, helping to ensure students' mastery; and
• applying math concepts to the real world.

Since each student develops mastery at a different pace, we provide many opportunities for students to retest themselves and continue improving.

## In-Depth Exploration: Grades Pre-K Through 5

Our elementary math curriculum is based on two highly effective, research-based programs: Early Bird Mathematics, used in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, and Math in Focus (Singapore mathematics), used in grades one through seven. Our approach emphasizes exploring each specific topic in depth and applying abstract math concepts to real-world phenomena. Students learn to use problem-solving strategies such as identifying patterns and visualizing. They develop deep understanding of the relationships among numbers and number concepts.

## PRE-KINDERGARTEN

Counting • Numbers • Patterns • Sequencing • Sorting • Patterning • Block Building • Cooking

## KINDERGARTEN

Number System • Computation: Number Relationships • Patterns • Geometry (2-D and 3-D) • Gathering, Recording & Analyzing Data • Strategies for Counting and Comparing • Measuring

Number System • Computation: Addition & Subtraction • Data: Collecting & Sorting • Geometry (2-D and 3-D): Exploring Relationships Among Shapes and Geometric Patterns • Changes/Graphing: Measuring

Number System • Computation: Addition & Subtraction • Data: Sorting & Classifying • Geometry (2-D and 3-D) • Measuring • Probability/Statistics: Collecting & Representing Data • Changes/Graphing: Representing Time

Addition & Subtraction: Concepts & Operations • Multiplication & Division: Concepts & Operations • Measurement/Estimation • Geometry: 2-D and 3-D; Strategies for Logic, Arithmetic and Spatial Problems • Fractions • Problem Solving • Collecting & Reporting Data

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication Strategies • Division Concepts • Decimal & Fraction Concepts • Measurement/Estimation • Geometry: 2-D and 3-D, Strategies for Spatial & Logic Problems • Data & Probability • Problem Solving • Algebra Concepts • Coordinate Plotting

Whole Number Computation • Number Sense • Number Theory • Fractions, Decimals • Geometry: 2-D and Percents • Data Analysis • Math Vocabulary & Writing • Problem Solving