Evaluation of Unique Child Needs
Each Math Genie child will receive an evaluation that will tell our experts about the child’s strengths and learning needs. This in-depth evaluation will include the following:
Learning Style Analysis: Our expert teachers will assess the child based on how they learn best. Because each child is unique in their Learning Style/Strategy, one of the most crucial elements of our assessment is to determine each child’s individual modality of learning. Some children learn visually (by seeing). Others learn kinesthetically (by moving/touching). Others learn using their auditory (hearing) ability. There are even children who learn by using an Internal Digital Learning Strategy (in which they use self-talk and internal dialogue to learn).
Intelligence Analysis: Each child will receive an intelligence analysis to determine which intelligence(s) is/are strongest for them. This analysis is based on Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, in which he believes that children’s intelligence is not just based on a general IQ score, but that it should be based on the type of intelligence that each child possesses. We believe that each and every child can learn and become a genius using their strongest intelligence.
Arithmetic Analysis: In this assessment, we will determine where the child currently is in terms of arithmetic ability. This includes adding and subtracting, knowledge of math symbols, writing numbers, counting, and identifying numbers. This will give us an idea of what they child needs improvement on and their current strengths.
Times Table Analysis: For children in grades 2 and up we will conduct a times table analysis. This will be a basic assessment of their knowledge of multiplication facts. Students must know multiplication facts at just about this grade level to succeed in the coming years.
Application Analysis: All students must know arithmetic, but they must also know how to apply the arithmetic strategies and processes that they know. This application knowledge is measured using word problems. This analysis will show us how well the child is able to apply the mathematic knowledge that they already have.
Individualized Strategies for Improvement/Enrichment and Recommendations for Success
Through the individual evaluation, the evaluator will learn quite a bit about a child’s individual strengths and needs. The evaluator will then create an in-depth recommendation outline of what each and every child evaluated needs to ensure that they will succeed. This outline will provide recommendations for strategies that will enhance the child’s learning experience, ultimately leading to their success in all areas.
Assignment to Appropriate Class
Based on each child’s reading level, fluency, comprehension, overall ability, and age, the class coordinator will make recommendations for a class that would work best for the individual child. Assignment to classes also takes into account parent and child availability and preferred days/times.
In-class Instruction and Homework
Students will be provided with an individualized program based on their needs and learning style (both in the classroom and at home). This program can include focus in the following areas:
- Basic Addition and Subtraction
- Simple Patterns
- Complex Patterns
- Complex Application of Patterns
- Times Tables
Ninja Black Belt Techniques
Throughout all of instruction, students will be:
- Applying skills learned to mental math
- Practicing visualization
- Gaining smart learning strategies
- Learning with purpose
- Attaining focusing techniques