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]]>In 2010, two things changed for New Jersey students:

1) The state adopted the Common Core State Standards in math and English, specifically in language arts and literacy. In a nutshell, Common Core establishes what experts believe every child should know on the topics that are covered in each grade.

For example, standards are established for every third grade student so that at the end of a school year, all third grade students in the state will have been taught the same third grade curriculum.The focus is on critical-thinking and problem-solving analytical skills that children will need for real world successful living.

2) With new standards, come new assessments. So, New Jersey also joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is a group of 19 states that are developing and testing assessments based on Common Core. The idea is for PARCC to more accurately assess student progress and keep them on a college-readiness track.

NJ-PARCC is an assessment program that will be implemented during the 2014-2015 school year. The testing begins in the third grade and will be given throughout the school year until the end of the 12th grade. PARCC is aligned with Common Core and tests students’ ability to apply the knowledge they have gained and does not just test to see how well students have memorized facts.

The purpose is to give teachers the information they need as to deficiencies in learning so they can provide relevant instructional materials. The ultimate goal is to provide a “pathway to college and career readiness.”

The main difference in PARCC and NJ-ASK is that PARCC is aligned with Common Core and tests specifically on subject matter students were taught during the school term preceding the test. NJ-ASK was not based on linking the testing to the curriculum for the particular school year preceding the test.

Another difference is that PARCC is completely computerized. Students do not use pencils and answer sheets. There are many benefits to this type of testing, including a faster return of test results to the teacher, school and parents.

PARCC will have fewer questions than the NJ-ASK, but the questions will require higher thinking and problem-solving skills instead of just “fact recollection.”

Here is how you can assist your student for the NJ-PARCC

1. Download the Sample tests from the NJ-PARCC website.

2. Make sure your child has good typing skills. There are various typing apps you can try.

3. Teach them Mental Math.

Our entire curriculum upto 7th grade is aligned with the Common Core and NJ PARCC Standards. Since we focus on Mental Math, students will find it very useful to solve the problems on the computer.

Our Core Curriculum books are now completely aligned to the NJ-PARCC.

All Math Genie students will receive the Core Curriculum books this fall.

Call **732-234-9999** or fill out this form.

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]]>Adam an existing student won the Six Flags Great Adventure raffle.

Here are the photos.

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]]>You are invited to our grand opening event!

Your child can Attend a free Class

FREE Assessment to check readiness for the next grade.

FREE Face Painting, Henna Tattoos

FREE Food and beverages & giveaways

Enter to win a family pack of Six Flags Great Adventures Tickets.

Address

316 Tennent Road, Suite 103

Morganville, NJ 07751

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]]>Here are some pictures from today.

The center is located at 316 Tennent Road, Suite 103. Morganville, NJ 07751

The Phone no is (732) 218-4100

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]]>I read this in the following article in Time Magazine. You must read it.

http://business.time.com/2012/05/09/can-entrepreneurship-be-taught-richard-bransons-mother-says-yes/

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]]>A recent article in the New York Times was fascinating.

“Researchers, educators and policy makers long considered a second language to be an interference, that hindered a child’s academic and intellectual development.

But this interference, researchers are finding out, isn’t so much a handicap as a blessing in disguise. It forces the brain to resolve internal conflict, giving the mind a workout that strengthens its cognitive muscles.”

When I was young. My family moved a lot. I spend my formative years in a state in India where the local language (Marathi) was different from the national language (Hindi). My neighbors spoke Gujrati. And I learnt English in school. So I was fortunate to learn four languages. When we moved to a Hindi speaking state. I had to deal with Sanskrit. Talk about mental torture.

However now I realize all this language learning gave my brain a flexibility that has proved very useful.

So to all parents I would recommend teach your child a second language. If you are an immigrant and speak a different language. Make sure you speak your native language in home. Your child will learn English in school. But may never learn your native language unless you make it a must.

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In today’s society, students of all ages often say that they “hate math”. One reason for this is the repetitive and boring memorizing of math facts, such as 1+1=2 or 2×2=4. Does memorizing math facts benefit students? Is memorizing math facts too stressful, too difficult, or too boring for some students?

Math education experts continue to stress the need for math to be relatable, concrete, and interactive. Children need to know *why* they are learning math, and they need to understand what the “math facts” *actually mean*. Kids need to understand what 2+2 symbolizes. They need to understand the difference between 2+2 and 2×2. I have decided to put together a list of ways that parents and educators can help children learn basic arithmetic facts. I have also put together a list of resources for parents helping their child learn math. Memorization alone is often not the answer. Instead, parents should help children visualize and understand what they are computing.

Here are just some ways we can help kids learn basic math:

-Teach young children to look at patterns in everyday situations. For example, if a child is looking at a bracelet with patterned beads, point out the pattern.

-Sing songs and make up rhymes that involve numbers and basic adding/subtracting.

-When you go grocery shopping with your child, ask the child to count up how many items your need.

Some more ways to help kids learn math in fun, relatable ways can be found here:

http://www.jefferson.k12.ky.us/Pubs/MathTips.pdf

Most importantly, make sure that you always stay positive about learning math and show you child that you think math is important in everyday life. Here are some ways to show your child that math is important:

-Talk to your child about how you use math in your own job/career.

-Incorporate numbers into every day activities, such as having your child cook with you (using measuring cups).

-Never say that you “hated math” as a child or “were never good at math”. This will only discourage the child and give him/her a negative outlook on math.

-Read books that have numbers/math in them.

-Do math with your child for fun, not just when it is homework.

-Play math games with your child. Games like dominoes and playing cards are great for learning numbers!

Just remember that rote memorizing of math facts can give a child a negative, stressful outlook on math, especially if they do not get it right away. The best advice I can give is to remember that math should be fun! If a child feels successful, they will have fun! Making a child feel like a genius is the number one way to boost self-confidence, especially when it comes to math!

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]]>At Math Genie we call this the Math Genie Yoga. Its actually an ancient secret Yoga Technique. It was so secret that for 3000 years only a few brahmins were allowed to practice it in the temples of India.

Its powers to sharpen the mind were legendary. It allowed the brahmins to memorize the ancient scriptures effortlessly. They zealously guarded it and only way to learn it was to be born in a brahmin family that knew it.

A NeuroBiology researcher from Yale University found out about this secret Yoga exercise. He decided to test it on little kids and adults. He found that this exercise stimulates the brain

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