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Does Mathnasium Teach Common Core Math?

Oct 24, 2017



by Tim Scifres


Common Core Math is a subject that brings doubts to many parents as to whether their children are getting a better math education than they received.  As a current high school math teacher and Mathnasium owner I have spent a lot of time with parents who are searching for a way to calm and relieve their stress and their children’s frustrations from math class.  


The Common Core State Standards Initiative has been a definite lightning rod for many people since its inception in 2009.  As mentioned in the title of this initiative, Common Core is a State-led initiative.  The standards that make up Common Core are guidelines for states to use in creating their own curriculum to best meet the needs of their students.  The federal government is not involved in the creation of specific curriculums for each state or each school district. 


The idea behind Common Core Math standards is to ensure students at similar ages are being presented similar topics in their math journeys all across the country. For example, this standard is meant to be taught in 4th grade.  Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5. Represent verbal statements of multiplicative comparisons as multiplication equations.   The specific implementation of these standards is then left up to the states to proceed in a way they deem most beneficial for their students. Ultimately, Common Core Math is simply a set of general guidelines for state and local districts to use in creating and implementing the specific math curriculums to be used in each classroom in that state and/or district.   


So, how does Mathnasium incorporate Common Core?  The Mathnasium curriculum contains all the mathematical concepts outlined in the Common Core Standards and we are prepared to teach everything written within those standards.  These standards are interwoven throughout the Mathnasium curriculum.  For example, the standard shown above is taught in Mathnasium beginning at our Level 3 and also in our Multiplication Fact Fluency Program.  At Mathnasium we teach 35 = 7, 5 times is the same as 35 = 5, 7 times  We teach students multiplication is repeatedly adding numbers together, so 35 is 7 added together a total of 5 times.  We also teach the reverse fact that 35 is 5 added together a total of 7 times.  It is important for students at Mathnasium to know what multiplication actually is doing.  Also, we make it a priority to have our students verbalize what they are doing with their work, which aligns closely to the Common Core Standards. 


I also hear from many parents who are frustrated that their children are being taught math in a very different way than they were taught.  Mathnasium is prepared to help teach your children in the way they are being taught in their class as we help with their homework.  This is important to us as different schools use different methods to apply the Common Core Standards into their local curriculum.  During the homework time for each of our students we work very hard at teaching your students how their teachers are teaching them in class. 


At Mathnasium, our goal every day is to simply make math make sense to kids, no matter the standards or curriculum.  Give us a call at (859) 219-0001 or visit our website at