The Gideon Math program is designed to achieve mastery of computational skills. Mastery equals confidence, speed, and accuracy. The program consists of over 180 weekly booklets arranged sequentially from beginning number sense through high school geometry. Our Beginning Math booklets focus on number recognition for numbers 1-500. Exercises include counting, number tracing, sequencing, next number and number before concepts, and place value. Fine motor activities guide the young learner in proper number formation. Colorful graphics make these exercises fun for our students! Early concentration skills are encouraged in these booklets. These children are being prepared for their next step in the program: addition.
The Gideon Math program is designed to achieve mastery of computational skills. Mastery equals confidence, speed, and accuracy. Weekly booklets are arranged sequentially from beginning number sense through high school geometry. Basic arithmetic booklets range from simple addition through fraction work. To calculate efficiently, it is important to know the basic facts. Calculation skills are practiced until real mastery is achieved. The student is required to not merely understand how to perform an operation, but rather must “own” or internalize each new concept before advancement. Learning to compute mentally is an essential skill. Preparation for high school is a must! Our individualized pacing benefits children of all ages and abilities while improving their concentration, developing better study skills, and increasing their confidence. Additionally, our drill booklets have a QR code on the cover which when scanned leads to a video on our Youtube channel with further explanations and examples.
Reciting answers quickly to basic arithmetic facts is an integral part of the Gideon Math program. Being able to say the answer to a simple problem like 7 + 6 is more of a challenge than one might realize, but for faster progress through our curriculum this elementary exercise is so important. Just a few minutes of practice each day will result in a happy and confident student. Finger counting and careless errors will stop, and homework will not be such a chore. This work is like timed flash cards. Remember that mastery equals confidence, speed, and accuracy. “Overlearning” these facts in elementary school will help your child develop into an excellent student who enjoys this subject for a lifetime.
Knowing your basic arithmetic facts is the first step to becoming a good math student. But to become a great student, you need to also be able to apply that skill when comprehending word problems. Having a solid understanding of all grade level concepts is an important part in mastering this subject. At Gideon, children prepare for the state standardized testing all year long. We want our students to be ready, relaxed, and confident at testing time.
Success in advanced math is dependent on a strong foundation in the arithmetic basics and fractions. When a Gideon student enters these levels, he is prepared and ready for the challenging work ahead. Our higher math curriculum begins with Decimals and Percents and continues with Pre-Algebra. Concepts such as perimeter and area, negative numbers, ratios and percentages, the metric system, and probability are included. This work is mastered through many practice calculation and application problems.
Algebra I and Geometry
A strong knowledge of algebra basics is essential for success in high school. This subject is the gateway to all upper level classes. A weak foundation here could result in difficulties for years. Algebra is a demanding subject for many students. But with proper preparation, this class will introduce your child to higher level thinking skills she will use for a lifetime. Geometry completes our math program at Gideon. This high school subject is also filled with many algebraic concepts; therefore, mastery of previous studies is imperative.