In first through fourth grades, children develop flexibility and confidence in tackling mathematical problems. By cultivating an understanding of the language of mathematics, developing spatial reasoning and problem-solving skills and becoming efficient and accurate calculators, students establish solid foundations for further learning. Students begin to understand the value and applicability of math through playing games, applying math knowledge in other disciplines and through solving problems with concrete materials or on paper.

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  • Grades 1 & 2

    In first and second grades, math is practiced in a variety of settings; at circle time as a whole group, in small skill groups, by playing math games, and by working on individually designed “folder work”. Children are encouraged to make predictions, explore materials, articulate questions, share discoveries and postulate theories. Math is presented as more than computing using algorithms. It involves actively adding amounts, collecting data, using concrete materials and recording one’s thinking to apply to similar problems in the future. For instance, mathematical thinking is embedded into the first and second grade thematic study of community. During this unit the class spends considerable time mapping the classroom and school building, practicing measurement, size and scale and geometry.
  • Grades 3 & 4

    In third and fourth grades, students continue to simultaneously solidify and expand their math skills. Children work to find more than one solution to problems and express their thinking through drawing, writing and sharing with each other. Mathematical concepts are explored in grade level groups where students work cooperatively to develop a strong number sense. They move from the concrete to the abstract, using manipulatives, pictorial/graphic representations and number sentences to work out their ideas. We believe that it is important for students to become fluent in basic number facts. In addition to problem solving, data collection and geometry, students spend time honing their computational skills.

Curriculum Sample

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  • Geometry (2-D and 3-D shapes, symmetry and area)

  • Mapping and scale

  • Multiply/divide algorithms

  • Place value

  • Statistics (mean, median, mode, interpreting data)

  • Surveys and graphing

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Fayerweather is a private PreK, kindergarten, elementary and middle school. We engage each child’s intellect.