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# News from Mathnasium of Broomfield South

Jul 24, 2019

Common Core Curriculum was adopted by 42 states after its debut in 2002. The state of Colorado adopted it in 2010 and the Colorado Department of Education adapted the national standard with local aspects including financial literacy, 21st century skills, and more. Jeffco Public Schools, BVSD, Adams 12, Westminster 50, and other local school districts follow these standards today. The standards for 4th grade math have multiple goals for a student to meet by year end. There are four key areas for fourth graders to master:

1. Developing Problem Solving Skills using the four basic operations. These skills are developed for solving multistep word problems and forming a solid logical basis by which a student can understand the reasons behind the operations they perform.
2. Understanding fraction equivalence, ordering, and decimal representation. Fractions are the fundamental basis through which we quantify non-whole numbers, so students learn how to manipulate and compare non-unit fractions (fractions without 1 in the numerator) through understanding factors and multiples.
3. Solving Measurement Problems, Converting Units, and Interpreting Data. In 4th grade, students are introduced to the idea of different units measuring the same system, and converting one unit to another. Students are introduced to graphing and plotting in order to quickly find key information in a larger set of measurements.
4. Measuring and Classifying Geometric Shapes and Angles.  Students compare and classify shapes by their sides and angles and connect these with definitions of shapes, and at this level they begin to recognize angles with reference to a circle by considering the fraction of the circular arc between common endpoints of rays.

Common Core 4th Grade Math is incrementally more rigorous than 3rd grade, and if students begin to struggle or get bored they start to develop a negative mindset about math that will set them back. Unfortunately, in-class and self-guided online instruction don’t go far enough to ensure kids stay on track; they often need direct guidance from a trained tutor.

Here at Mathnasium of Broomfield South, we are well equipped to help fourth graders meet and exceed these standards. For struggling kids, our numerical fluency curriculum focuses on building number sense, the ability to effortlessly compute addition and subtraction facts in the single and double digits. Multiplication and division up to 100 involves carrying, which means understanding the complements of 10 is crucial. With young students, energy and enthusiasm in the teaching method matters, and so Mathnasium mixes its curriculum with math games involving cards, dice, and other manipulatives that keep it fun and on task. Understanding the units of measure is also a part of the program, as well as building their understanding of shapes with lots of visuals. We have a system of rewards so that when kids complete a page they get a reward card punched and save them to trade for prizes from the prize cabinet. A final mastery check page concludes our lessons, and when students complete them with no errors, they get to spin a prize wheel and win extra star punches and rewards that keep them motivated and having fun.

Our center offers a variety of enrollment length options to meet your goals and budget. Enrollment for 4th Graders can be on a “session” or on an unlimited basis. We recommend 2-3 times a week attendance for fastest math skill growth, but our attendance is flexible and drop-in so more or less is possible.  All students begin with our comprehensive assessment, giving you a clear picture of your students’ math skills and allowing us to build a customized learning plan. Complete the form on this page, call our Center Director, Justus Leben, at 303-429-MATH or email us at broomfieldsouth@mathnasium.com to get started.