Growing up in the US, many of us were taught arithmetic in school. But things have changed. No longer is learning arithmetic sufficient for becoming college and career ready.
At the heart of our math program, Math in Focus, is mathematical problem-solving. That means focusing on the development of children’s abilities to solve problems in many different ways – some of which may look unfamiliar to you as a parent. As students go on to higher level mathematics, the students will be equipped with a deep conceptual understanding of how numbers work and will be able to generalize this understanding to solve new and novel kinds of problems.
This approach to teaching math starts in the youngest grades and continues into the middle school (via the companion Go Math program). Take a look at this first grader’s math journal. It is a good example of how students must know and demonstrate different problem-solving strategies.
Given a word problem, the child used a number bond, a ten-frame, a number line and a standard equation (four different methods) to solve a math word problem. In a similar exercise, the child was given a picture from which she created her own word problem and then solved it in multiple ways.
It’s no longer good enough to memorize rules, such as “Change the sign of the subtrahend and add.” Students today must deeply understand why and how mathematical rules and procedures like this work. This type of higher level of mathematical learning stretches and challenges our students intellectually, while preparing them for advanced math in high school, college and beyond.
This school year ushers in the second year of our new, comprehensive K-5 music program. With the inaugural year under our belt, it is exciting to see the music program grow and flourish due to the incredible creativity and passion of our music teacher, Morah Shani Zamir. The students enjoy a music classroom filled with […]
Growing up in the US, many of us were taught arithmetic in school. But things have changed. No longer is learning arithmetic sufficient for becoming college and career ready. At the heart of our math program, Math in Focus, is mathematical problem-solving. That means focusing on the development of children’s abilities to solve problems in […]
Congratulations to our fifth graders! At the invitation of Lionsgate, they attended an advance screening of the movie Wonder on Thursday, October 26th. The invitation came due to our students’ commitment to living by the precepts of kindness that are espoused in the movie. It all started when the students and teachers signed on to […]
Students aren’t the only ones who are exploring possibilities – so are our teachers! Our teachers regularly participate in professional development designed to keep their skills sharp and to learn new strategies to improve children’s learning experiences in the classroom. This last weekend, Shelly Moses and Dianne Shapp were invited to speak at the California […]
WHAT: The Jog-A-Thon raises funds for the Annual Purim Carnival while promoting health and fitness for students. WHY: We are collaborating with Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF) to advocate for people with physical challenges to pursue active lifestyles: http://www.challengedathletes.org HOW: Students should find sponsors from family, friends, neighbors, co-workers) to support them using the online form: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/sdja/jogathon?token=1925509765 PRIZES: Each Friday we […]
Join the San Diego pro-Israel community at the 6th annual StandWithUs Festival of Lights ‘I ❤️ Israel’ Gala on Saturday, 12/2, at the Marriott Marquis. Evening speakers include Foreign Policy Expert, Dore Gold, Arab Muslim Zionist, Yahya Mahamid, and Israel’s X Factor finalists, Kippalive! Come celebrate Israel with us by registering for your seats at www.standwithus.com/iheartisrael17