Math Investigations | W19

Ages: 8-12
Day, Time: tuesdays 12:00-1:00
Location: cafe

teacher

Marcia Miller
marcia@thorntoncreek.com

Marcia Miller is a longtime homeschooling mom, unschooling advocate, gardener, and math enthusiast. She has a background as an elementary and middle school teacher, a masters degree in reading and language arts, and spent the past couple years working at an outdoor preschool.

Marcia loves to grow things like flowers, berries, fruit trees, and all kinds of vegetables. She has experimented with a variety of gardening styles and methods including square foot gardens, farm-style row gardens, raised beds, perennial garden landscapes, and integrated kitchen gardens. Marcia also loves playing with mathematical ideas, games, numbers, and patterns. She is a much-loved math resource for homeschoolers throughout the Seattle area. You can read more about her family’s homeschooling and gardening adventures on her website and blog:

http://marcialmiller.com/our-story/

http://perennialgardengirl.blogspot.com/

class description

Join us as we engage in a variety of mathematical investigations, explore new methods and strategies, and gain an appreciation for mathematical thinking and reasoning. We will work on problem-posing and problem-solving, gaining experience with mental computation, estimation, written computation, and meaningful arithmetic problems. We will work alone and in small groups, explore mathematical topics and strategies together, and share what we find with the larger group.  When investigating topics, we will begin with what we know and build on that to search for patterns, pose questions, and solve problems.

Required Skills for Students to Be Successful in This Class:

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities.

  • An interest in numbers, patterns, arithmetic, and thinking about mathematical problems.
  • An ability to think about and solve simple arithmetic problems and an interest in expanding upon that knowledge.
  • An ability to work with and alongside others, and listen to others as they share various problems and problem-solving ideas and methods.

The ability to write numbers will be helpful for many of the activities presented. Students will be asked to bring paper and pencils to class. While posing and solving problems, we will record numbers or draw pictures to illustrate a problem, and possibly write simple descriptions, if desired.

homework:

N/A

field trips:

N/A

additional fees/supplies:

paper and pencils/pens

parent involvement:

This class is intended for students only.

Age Variances:

Please see our Age Variance Policy.