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Manipulating Math: Measurement Madness

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Kids love real-life measurements and intuitively have a lot of questions about them: How high did I jump? How far did I run? How many gallons of water are in the bathtub? Measuring and estimating units of measure are practical, real life skills that can't be learned from pictures in a textbook! Measurement skills are best learned hands-on using real tools and common objects.

In this class, students will practice- and play- with different modes of measurement each week. Students will be able to visualize units of measure for length, weight, area, volume, and temperature. Students will work with everyday objects to be able to answer, which is greater- a pound or a kilogram- and approximately how much more, or which is smaller- a liter or a quart? Students can practice linear measurements with a ruler, yardstick, or tape measure, but how can they measure the length of a curved wall? They can learn length x width x height to find the volume of a shoebox, but how can they find the volume of a lump of playdoh? Kids will learn techniques for measuring non-standard objects along with strategies for converting measurements and shortcuts for estimating measures. Do you know which body part approximates a centimeter and what common sports toy is close to one cup? All work with measurements will be performed in both the English and metric systems so children will improve their fluency going back and forth between the two scales. Students will practice problem solving skills, reasoning, and basic math in this class.

Topics in this Series: Measurement Madness (Quarter 1); Fun with Fractions (Quarter 2); Geometry Games (Quarter 3); and Simple Statistics (Quarter 4)

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Math Fact Foundations: Addition

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Does your child lack confidence in his or her mathematical ability? It might be because your child has not mastered basic math facts! Students who know their math facts can move confidently through other, higher levels of math. Basic math facts are to arithmetic as phonics are to reading! Math facts are the building blocks needed to be successful in multi-digit multiplication, long division, fractions, decimals, pre-algebra, and beyond! Fluent math facts help a student keep up in math and reduce frequent arithmetic errors.

Learning math facts for life does not have to be tedious drudgery! Flash cards and repetitive worksheets don't work for everyone, and a student won't always be able to use a calculator. This class will focus on strategies and introduce games that improve a student's number sense and fact fluency. Techniques such as counting up, tens partners, adding nine, and more will be explicitly modeled and reinforced in class. Students will play make-and-take math games in class like SLAP!, U-Know, and more that they will also be expected to practice at home. This class will provide an engaging, low-pressure environment and focus on individual skill development.

Topics in this Series: Addition (Quarter 1); Subtraction (Quarter 2); Multiplication (Quarter 3), and Division (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $5.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the make-and-take games and materials.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Math Masterminds: Geometry Challenges

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Each week, students will tackle math puzzles, challenges, and learn new "tricks" and techniques to solve a variety of math problems, all while learning about the masterminds behind founding principles of modern mathematics. Students will learn about the life and times of a great mathematician and then explore key concepts, principles, and formulas introduced by the featured master. Students' problem solving skills will be honed as they examine the historical, cultural, and personal context for discoveries in mathematics. The class will work sample problems and use experiments and manipulatives to demonstrate the formulas, theories, short-cuts, or alternate approaches suggested by famous mathematicians.

First quarter, students will be exposed to a wide variety of math terms and concepts from the great "Geometers" including Euclid, Pythagoras, Heron, and Descartes.

Topics in this Series: Geometry (Quarter 1) featuring Euclid, Pythagoras, Heron, and Descartes; Patterns and Problem Solvers (Quarter 2) featuring Eratosthenes, Napier, Polya, and Babbage; Great Discoveries (Quarter 3) featuring Archimedes, Newton, Keplar, and Galileo; and Modern Challenges (Quarter 4) featruring Fermat, Euler, Galois, and Noether.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $137.00

Math Skill Builders: Investigate Integers (Negative Numbers)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Below freezing temperatures, overdrawn bank accounts, and underground parking are all real world examples of negative numbers. Learn how to think about positive and negative numbers in real world terms, and learn tricks for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers. We will cover integers, absolute value, inequalities, and number lines (or one dimensional graphing).

Math Skill Builders is a class series that is meant to "fill in the gaps" and strengthen a student's middle school math background. This series will help solidify key concepts before a student embarks on pre-algebra, algebra, and beyond. This class will also emphasize real world applications of the mathematical concepts and word problems so students become comfortable switching between prose (written descriptions) and mathematical representation (numbers, symbols).

Topics in this Series: Investigate Integers (Quarter 1); Figure Out Fractions, Rates & Ratios (Quarter 2), Decipher Decimals & Percentages (Quarter 3); and Organize Order of Operations (Quarter 4). For this course to have the most impact a student should be solid through upper elementary math (approx. 6th grade) and should be working at a 7th grade math level. If you are unsure if your child should take Math Skill Builders or is ready for Pre-Algebra, the instructor can provide a placement test. Homework will be given each week to build fluency with basic skills.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Money-Savvy: Personal Finance Fundamentals

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: TBD

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Teenagers will learn to be money savvy in this interactive course! The critical life skills of personal finance through budgeting and money management will be introduced through real-world, hands-on activities.

Students will begin with the discussion about different careers and the range of expected starting salaries for different fields. They will learn about cost of living indices and that not all salaries are created equal when locale is considered. Students will be given a simple career interest inventory and will examine jobs that are projected to be in high demand in the future. Students will then embark on a guided, multi-week project where they will learn about developing a personal budget that works with the salary for their dream job. Each week students will tackle a new piece of the budget pie. They will see the effects of tax withholdings from an imaginary paycheck and that take-home pay may not be what they thought. Students will research and make selections on housing and perform cost comparisons among apartments, condos, or buying or renting a house. They will uncover what the real cost of utilities and insurance could be. Kids will select a dream car and see what the cost of owning (and insuring, maintaining, and fueling it) would be. As the students make personal choices in their budget, they will learn about opportunity costs. If they chose to have a pet, will they have enough money left for a vacation? Teens will develop a one-week meal plan and calculate the cost of the associated groceries. They will develop a budget for clothing, personal items, and entertainment. When the project is complete, how will teens be prepared for the game of "Life"?

Once students gain an understanding of how much money they could earn with various career choices, they will learn about saving and investing! The class will learn the difference between stocks and bonds and discover how the Stock Market works. They will simulate an investment in the market by selecting and following the price of several stocks throughout the quarter. Students will explore loans and mortgages and how interest rates, credit scores, and down payments affect the costs of borrowing. They will evaluate the workings of credit cards, and how minimum payments, interest, and fees work against them. The class will learn about money and how it drives the economy and the basics of supply, demand, and price. Students will also learn the real life lessons of balancing a checkbook and what happens when you don't pay off your credit card debt!

Topics in this Series: Money Savvy: Personal Finance Fundamentals (Semester 1) and The Stock Market Game (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 2 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: will be given in class and e-mailed to parents and students. Textbook: To be determined What to Bring: Some weeks students will be asked to bring tablets or laptops to class to research cost information. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Personal Finance for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $279.00

Algebra I

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 7th-10th

Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra

This is a complete course in Algebra I which will cover fundamental concepts in algebra and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. This course is designed to emphasize the study of algebraic problem-solving with the incorporation real world applications. Topics in Algebra I include number systems, linear systems, rational numbers, complex numbers, exponents, roots, radicals, quadratic equations, polynomials, factoring, absolute values, ratios, and proportions. In addition, the course will cover solving and graphing systems of functions, linear equations, and inequalities. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem solving.

Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation in pre-algebra topics in order to take this class. Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student?s progress and workload. Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student?s progress by: checking that weekly homework sets are complete; spot-checking the full solution 1-2 select problems in class each week, and giving quarterly take-home tests. Points will also be awarded for class participation. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade. Textbook: The required textbooks for this class are (1) Practical Algebra: A Self-Teaching Guide, 2nd edition paperback- new copy recommended- (ISBN-10 0471530123, ISBN-13 978-0471530121) and (2) A-Plus Notes for Beginning Algebra: Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 (ISBN-10 0965435229, ISBN-13 978-0965435222). A calculator is not necessary for this course. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Algebra I for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1245.00

Algebra II

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: Algebra I

This is a complete course in Algebra II which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Topics in Algebra II include linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational and irrational algebraic functions, and quadratic relations and systems. In addition, this course will cover higher degree functions with complex numbers, sequences and series, probability, data analysis, and trigonometric and circular functions. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem solving.

Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation Algebra I in order to take this class. Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student?s progress and workload. In lieu of a graphing calculator, students should have access to websites desmos.com and wolframalpha.com for graphing assignments.Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student?s progress by: checking that weekly homework sets are complete; spot-checking the full solution 1-2 select problems in class each week, and giving quarterly take-home tests. Points will also be awarded for class participation. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade. Textbook: The required textbook for this class is Algebra and Trigonometry: Functions and Applications- Prentice Hall Classics (ISBN-10 0131657100, ISBN-13 978-0131657106). A scientific calculator similar to the TI-83 is required for this class. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Algebra II for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1245.00

Geometry

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 8th-11th

Prerequisites: Algebra I

This is a complete course in high school Geometry which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Students will learn deductive reasoning, and logic by completing geometric proofs. Topics in geometry include: lines, angles, congruence, concurrence, inequalities, parallel lines, quadrilaterals, transformations, area, similarity, right triangles, circles, regular polygons, and geometric solids. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem solving.

Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation Algebra I in order to take this class. Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student?s progress and workload. Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student?s progress by: checking that weekly homework sets are complete; spot-checking the full solution 1-2 select problems in class each week, and giving quarterly take-home tests. Points will also be awarded for class participation. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade. Textbook: The required textbook for this class is Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding, 3rd edition (ISBN-10 0716743612, ISBN-13 978-0716743613) A calculator is not necessary for this course. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Geometry for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1245.00

Pre-Algebra

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites: None

This is a full year course in Pre-Algebra that will provide an introduction to basic algebra concepts and a review of arithmetic algorithms with an emphasis on problem solving. The major topics covered in this course are integers, order of operations, expressions, variables, equations, inequalities and polynomials. The course will also cover factors, fractions, exponents, and rational numbers. Students will learn to use formulas to solve a variety of math problems encompassing geometry, probability, and statistics. Students will also be applying their learning to real life scenarios to solve problems.

Prerequisites: Students must be fluent in the four basic operations- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will need to show proficiency and have a thorough command of basic computation. In addition, a basic, introductory understanding and ability to work with fractions and decimals is required to solve equations and simplify expressions. If you are unsure about your child?s readiness for this class, the instructor will recommend one or more practice platforms and/or assessments to confirm placement. Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class to complete practice problems, homework, and assessments. Assignments: will be e-mailed to parents and students after each class. Assessments: All chapter tests will be taken outside of class with parental oversight to maximize in-class instructional time. Textbook: Students should purchase or rent McDougall Littell?s Pre-Algebra (ISBN #978-0618250035) and accompanying practice workbook (ISBN # 978-0618257522). As an alternative, parents can purchase the textbook on audio-CD for any student who struggles with reading (ISBN #978-0618478828). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $39.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for the student?s online subscription to IXL online math platform where additional practice assignments are made. Please note that this subscription is typically $79.99 per student if purchased individually. What to Bring: Students will need a 1-1/2 inch binder with lined paper, graph paper, and a set of (5) dividers, a 12 inch ruler, and a TI-34 calculator. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Mathematics for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1079.00

PreCalculus

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 10th-12th

Prerequisites: Algebra I, II, Geometry

This is a complete course in PreCalculus which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Topics in Precalculs include functions: polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric (right angle and unit circle). In addition, the course will cover polar coordinates, parametric equations, analytic trigonometry, vectors, systems of equations/inequalities, conic sections, sequences, and series. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem solving.

Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry in order to take this class. Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student?s progress and workload. In lieu of a graphing calculator, students should have access to websites desmos.com and wolframalpha.com for graphing assignments.Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student?s progress by: checking that weekly homework sets are complete; spot-checking the full solution 1-2 select problems in class each week, and giving quarterly take-home tests. Points will also be awarded for class participation. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade. Textbook: The required textbooks for this class are Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 6th edition by Stewart, Redlin, and Watson (ISBN-10 0840068077, ISBN-13 978-0840068071) and the downloadable Stitz-Zeager Precalculus, Preliminary 4th edition (www.stitz-zeager.com/Precalculus4.pdf) A scientific calculator similar to the TI-83 is required for this class. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Precalculus for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1245.00

Manipulating Math: Fun with Fractions

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Kids encounter fractions everyday but may not realize it! They intuitively understand half of a cookie, one quarter of cake, or a third of a pizza. Each week students will use real world examples to illustrate fraction concepts such as part of a whole, part of a set, number lines, comparing fractions, and more. For example, have you ever wondered where music notes get their names? Explore fractions as part of a whole by examining a measure and how different notes make up the whole. Students will create rhythms and be able to explain the math behind the music. Enjoy games? Learn a new version of the game War and dazzle your friends with tricks to quickly compare fractions in your head. Do you like to cook? Fractions are found in recipes that kids like to bake. Explore what it means to buy three quarters of a pound of cheese at the deli, be half way to grandma's house, and express that there were 72 red Legos in a package of 500. Fractions even pop up in telling time- half past ten or quarter 'til one. Fractions can be learned through hands-on experiments with everyday objects. Students will cut, chop, slice, and separate to see that 2/6 is the same as 1/3. They will experiment with combining fractions, such as doubling or tripling a recipe. These activities will provide a real-life understanding of different denominators and equivalent fractions. Students will practice problem solving skills, reasoning, and basic math in this class. Demystify fractions and enjoy math in your daily life!

Topics in this Series: Measurement Madness (Quarter 1); Fun with Fractions (Quarter 2); Geometry Games (Quarter 3); and Simple Statistics (Quarter 4)

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Math Fact Foundations: Subtraction

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Does your child lack confidence in his or her mathematical ability? It might be because your child has not mastered basic math facts! Students who know their math facts can move confidently through other, higher levels of math. Basic math facts are to arithmetic as phonics are to reading! Math facts are the building blocks needed to be successful in multi-digit multiplication, long division, fractions, decimals, pre-algebra, and beyond! Fluent math facts help a student keep up in math and reduce frequent arithmetic errors.

Learning math facts for life does not have to be tedious drudgery! Flash cards and repetitive worksheets don't work for everyone, and a student won't always be able to use a calculator. This class will focus on strategies and introduce games that improve a student's number sense and fact fluency. Techniques such as counting up, tens partners, adding nine, and more will be explicitly modeled and reinforced in class. Students will play make-and-take math games in class like SLAP!, U-Know, and more that they will also be expected to practice at home. This class will provide an engaging, low-pressure environment and focus on individual skill development.

Topics in this Series: Addition (Quarter 1); Subtraction (Quarter 2); Multiplication (Quarter 3), and Division (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $5.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the make-and-take games and materials.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Math Masterminds: Patterns and Problem Solvers

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Each week, students will tackle math puzzles, challenges, and learn new "tricks" and techniques to solve a variety of math problems, all while learning about the masterminds behind founding principles of modern mathematics. Students will learn about the life and times of a great mathematician and then explore key concepts, principles, and formulas introduced by the featured master. Students' problem solving skills will be honed as they examine the historical, cultural, and personal context for discoveries in mathematics. The class will work sample problems and use experiments and manipulatives to demonstrate the formulas, theories, short-cuts, or alternate approaches suggested by famous mathematicians. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of math terms, concepts, and patterns from the great problem solvers including Eratosthenes, Napier, Polya, and Babbage.

Topics in this Series: Geometry (Quarter 1) featuring Euclid, Pythagoras, Heron, and Descartes; Patterns and Problem Solvers (Quarter 2) featuring Eratosthenes, Napier, Polya, and Babbage; Great Discoveries (Quarter 3) featuring Archimedes, Newton, Keplar, and Galileo; and Modern Challenges (Quarter 4) featruring Fermat, Euler, Galois, and Noether.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $137.00

Math Skill Builders: Figure Out Fractions, Rates & Ratios

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Fractions, rates , and ratios are used everyday, in all aspects of everyday life! How much flour do you need for a triple batch of cookies when the single recipe calls for 2-1/3 cups? Which size Dominoes pizza has the highest crust-to-cheese ratio? How long will it take you to get to Virginia beach if the traffic on I-95 is only moving 35 mph? Students will practice the computational operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions with everyday examples. The class will also discover how rates and ratios are also just fractions.

Math Skill Builders is a class series that is meant to "fill in the gaps" and strengthen a student's middle school math background. This series will help solidify key concepts before a student embarks on pre-algebra, algebra, and beyond. This class will also emphasize real world applications of the mathematical concepts and word problems so students become comfortable switching between prose (written descriptions) and mathematical representation (numbers, symbols).

Topics in this Series: Investigate Integers (Quarter 1); Figure Out Fractions, Rates & Ratios (Quarter 2), Decipher Decimals & Percentages (Quarter 3); and Organize Order of Operations (Quarter 4). For this course to have the most impact a student should be solid through upper elementary math (approx. 6th grade) and should be working at a 7th grade math level. If you are unsure if your child should take Math Skill Builders or is ready for Pre-Algebra, the instructor can provide a placement test. Homework will be given each week to build fluency with basic skills.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Manipulating Math: Geometry Games

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

p>Without geometry, life might be POINTless! Shapes are everywhere! We will sort them into categories and answer questions like, "Is a square always a rectangle?" Design a hidden picture puzzle to share with your friends, learn about edges and vertices by building 3-D solids, use cubes to fill containers and explore volume, discover Pi for yourself by measuring circles, create Cartesian art by using a coordinate grid and ordered pairs, and more! Each week, master a new concept with hands-on, real world math! Topics will include angles, polygons, triangles, circles, three dimensional solids and more. Students will practice problem solving skills, reasoning, and basic math in this class.

Topics in this Series: Measurement Madness (Quarter 1); Fun with Fractions (Quarter 2); Geometry Games (Quarter 3); and Simple Statistics (Quarter 4)

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

Math Fact Foundations: Multiplication

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Does your child lack confidence in his or her mathematical ability? It might be because your child has not mastered basic math facts! Students who know their math facts can move confidently through other, higher levels of math. Basic math facts are to arithmetic as phonics are to reading! Math facts are the building blocks needed to be successful in multi-digit multiplication, long division, fractions, decimals, pre-algebra, and beyond! Fluent math facts help a student keep up in math and reduce frequent arithmetic errors.

Learning math facts for life does not have to be tedious drudgery! Flash cards and repetitive worksheets don't work for everyone, and a student won't always be able to use a calculator. This class will focus on strategies and introduce games that improve a student's number sense and fact fluency. Techniques such as counting up, tens partners, adding nine, and more will be explicitly modeled and reinforced in class. Students will play make-and-take math games in class like SLAP!, U-Know, and more that they will also be expected to practice at home. This class will provide an engaging, low-pressure environment and focus on individual skill development.

Topics in this Series: Addition (Quarter 1); Subtraction (Quarter 2); Multiplication (Quarter 3), and Division (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $5.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the make-and-take games and materials.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

Math Masterminds: Great Discoveries

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Each week, students will tackle math puzzles, challenges, and learn new "tricks" and techniques to solve a variety of math problems, all while learning about the masterminds behind founding principles of modern mathematics. Students will learn about the life and times of a great mathematician and then explore key concepts, principles, and formulas introduced by the featured master. Students' problem solving skills will be honed as they examine the historical, cultural, and personal context for discoveries in mathematics. The class will work sample problems and use experiments and manipulatives to demonstrate the formulas, theories, short-cuts, or alternate approaches suggested by famous mathematicians. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of mathematical terms and concepts from the the ancient scientists Archimedes, Newton, Keplar, and Galileo.

Topics in this Series: Geometry (Quarter 1) featuring Euclid, Pythagoras, Heron, and Descartes; Patterns and Problem Solvers (Quarter 2) featuring Eratosthenes, Napier, Polya, and Babbage; Great Discoveries (Quarter 3) featuring Archimedes, Newton, Keplar, and Galileo; and Modern Challenges (Quarter 4) featruring Fermat, Euler, Galois, and Noether.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $156.00

Math Skill Builders: Decipher Decimals & Percentages

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Decimals and percentages are used everyday, in all aspects of everyday life! Students will be able to tackle real-world challenges such as, "how much do you really save if you get an extra 15% off the already discounted 30% sale price?" or which is a better bargain, "Buy two, get one free" or "50% off"? The class will work examples with money, sales tax, mileage, weights, and measures to visualize common scenarios where decimals and percentages are used in "real life." Students will practice the computational operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals with everyday examples. They will learn what decimals stand for, how they relate to fractions, and how to convert between the two.

Math Skill Builders is a class series that is meant to "fill in the gaps" and strengthen a student's middle school math background. This series will help solidify key concepts before a student embarks on pre-algebra, algebra, and beyond. This class will also emphasize real world applications of the mathematical concepts and word problems so students become comfortable switching between prose (written descriptions) and mathematical representation (numbers, symbols).

Topics in this Series: Investigate Integers (Quarter 1); Figure Out Fractions, Rates & Ratios (Quarter 2), Decipher Decimals & Percentages (Quarter 3); and Organize Order of Operations (Quarter 4). For this course to have the most impact a student should be solid through upper elementary math (approx. 6th grade) and should be working at a 7th grade math level. If you are unsure if your child should take Math Skill Builders or is ready for Pre-Algebra, the instructor can provide a placement test. Homework will be given each week to build fluency with basic skills.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

Manipulating Math: Simple Statistics

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Questions and more questions! We will be creating our own surveys and deciding the best ways to display our data. Maybe you want to quantify the types of extra curricular activities of Compass students, or maybe you'd like to find out the average bedtime of students of different age groups. Are you into sports? Let's talk about baseball stats and measures of center! We will even learn how to use statistics to support an argument. Students will formulate questions and conduct investigations, learn about gathering data, represent data in a variety of tables, charts, graphs, and plots, and analyze and interpret data by making inferences, observing trends, drawing conclusions and making predictions. Students will practice problem solving skills, reasoning and basic math in this class

Topics in this Series: Measurement Madness (Quarter 1); Fun with Fractions (Quarter 2); Geometry Games (Quarter 3); and Simple Statistics (Quarter 4)

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

Math Fact Foundations: Division

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Does your child lack confidence in his or her mathematical ability? It might be because your child has not mastered basic math facts! Students who know their math facts can move confidently through other, higher levels of math. Basic math facts are to arithmetic as phonics are to reading! Math facts are the building blocks needed to be successful in multi-digit multiplication, long division, fractions, decimals, pre-algebra, and beyond! Fluent math facts help a student keep up in math and reduce frequent arithmetic errors.

Learning math facts for life does not have to be tedious drudgery! Flash cards and repetitive worksheets don't work for everyone, and a student won't always be able to use a calculator. This class will focus on strategies and introduce games that improve a student's number sense and fact fluency. Techniques such as counting up, tens partners, adding nine, and more will be explicitly modeled and reinforced in class. Students will play make-and-take math games in class like SLAP!, U-Know, and more that they will also be expected to practice at home. This class will provide an engaging, low-pressure environment and focus on individual skill development.

Topics in this Series: Addition (Quarter 1); Subtraction (Quarter 2); Multiplication (Quarter 3), and Division (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $5.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the make-and-take games and materials.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

Math Masterminds: Modern Challenges

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Each week, students will tackle math puzzles, challenges, and learn new "tricks" and techniques to solve a variety of math problems, all while learning about the masterminds behind founding principles of modern mathematics. Students will learn about the life and times of a great mathematician and then explore key concepts, principles, and formulas introduced by the featured master. Students' problem solving skills will be honed as they examine the historical, cultural, and personal context for discoveries in mathematics. The class will work sample problems and use experiments and manipulatives to demonstrate the formulas, theories, short-cuts, or alternate approaches suggested by famous mathematicians. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of mathematical terms and concepts from the Modern Thinkers including Fermat, Euler, Galois, and Noether.

Topics in this Series: Geometry (Quarter 1) featuring Euclid, Pythagoras, Heron, and Descartes; Patterns and Problem Solvers (Quarter 2) featuring Eratosthenes, Napier, Polya, and Babbage; Great Discoveries (Quarter 3) featuring Archimedes, Newton, Keplar, and Galileo; and Modern Challenges (Quarter 4) featruring Fermat, Euler, Galois, and Noether.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $156.00

Math Skill Builders: Organize Order of Operations

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie DiVietri

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Multiply before adding? Which comes first, the division or subtraction? Do I take the discount before adding tax? Just like the rules of the road when driving or steps when playing a board game, there are rules to organize mathematical computations when different operations are involved. In this course you will uncover the rules of math to ensure everyone is working from the same playbook!

Math Skill Builders is a class series that is meant to "fill in the gaps" and strengthen a student's middle school math background. This series will help solidify key concepts before a student embarks on pre-algebra, algebra, and beyond. This class will also emphasize real world applications of the mathematical concepts and word problems so students become comfortable switching between prose (written descriptions) and mathematical representation (numbers, symbols).

Topics in this Series: Investigate Integers (Quarter 1); Figure Out Fractions, Rates & Ratios (Quarter 2), Decipher Decimals & Percentages (Quarter 3); and Organize Order of Operations (Quarter 4). For this course to have the most impact a student should be solid through upper elementary math (approx. 6th grade) and should be working at a 7th grade math level. If you are unsure if your child should take Math Skill Builders or is ready for Pre-Algebra, the instructor can provide a placement test. Homework will be given each week to build fluency with basic skills.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

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