Lifelong Math in A Minute!
1st-3rd Graders: Do your #MathMinute EVERY DAY until you can add, subtract, multiply & divide, up to 12, by heart.
Parents: putting a lot of effort into your children’s math skills helps prepare them for 21st Century expectations.
The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is one of the best high schools in the country. In order to apply, an applicant has to have finished Algebra 1 in 8th grade. In reality, MOST applicants completed Algebra I in 7th grade and Geometry in 8th.
These children then take Algebra II or Algebra II/Trigonometry in 9th grade. They then take Calculus AB and BC or AP Calculus before or by 12th grade. Most successful College Engineering candidates have followed this track.
In order to be on this math track you have to make sure that your child has the math skills to handle the highest-level math class as early as 4th or 5th grade.
Don’t worry, this isn’t hard. When my kids were babies and toddlers we did a lot of fun math, counting the stairs going up and down, singing Inchworm, reading storybooks with numbers, so that they thought of math as fun. I also made sure they could count to 100 before they started preschool. We counted in the car on the way to the grocery store, we counted Legos, and we counted birds. It was fun!
The school my kids attended ensured that every child was reading by kindergarten and had memorized all of the math facts, addition, subtraction, multiplication & division, up to 12, by heart by the end of 3rd grade.
The children drilled every, single day on something called Math in A Minute or Mad Minute. You start with the 1 tables, in random order, and finish as much as you can in a minute. You don’t move on to the 2 tables until you can answer every question correctly in under a minute. When you finish addition you move to subtraction and so on. There are tons of workbooks on the Internet that you can use to drill your kids if your school doesn’t do it.
I also ensured that they attended their teachers’ after school help hours to ask questions, and get tutoring in difficult subjects. Over time, they came to see themselves as capable math students who knew how to ask questions and solve problems.
Start creating your own math scholar today; it’s never too early or too late!