Connections: To develop the link between mathematical ideas and everyday life to help students learn mathematics from a practical sense.
Number Bonds: The pictorial representation of the relationship between a number and the parts that make it. It helps children see the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction, the inverse relationship between multiplication and division, understand math facts, and think algebraically.
Word Problems: It is the application of mathematics in real world situations through problem solving. Model drawing is the key strategy to solve word problems.
Mental Math: It enables students to picture in their minds and calculate without using paper and pencil.
Attitudes: We believe that a child’s attitudes such as beliefs, interest, appreciation, confidence, and perseverance are important predictor of his/her performance. At S.A.M center, we strive to cultivate right attitudes in a child and hope that those attitudes would also be transferred in other areas of child’s life too. A child who is having fun while developing a good understanding of concepts and acquiring skills is more likely to have positive ideas about the importance of math and confidence in his/her ability to solve problems. We strongly emphasize independent thinking and self-discovery in every child in our program.
Metacognition: Metacognition is teaching one’s brain to control the thought processes for the purpose of solving a problem. When we coach students by asking questions such as ‘what information is given in the problem?’ and ‘what areas of math could we use to solve this?’, metacognition is when students ask these questions for themselves. Metacognition is when the conscious brain becomes a coach for itself.