The mathematics curriculum adopted at Saint Columbkille Elementary School is one which focuses on developing mathematical concept development and problem solving.
The Everyday Mathematics program (K2-6) is designed to build upon young children’s experiences with activities that integrate ways to explore and represent mathematics. The program is designed to involve children in “doing mathematics”, establish a solid foundation for future study of mathematics, develop a strong conceptual framework that provides anchoring for skill acquisition, emphasize the development of children’s mathematical thinking and reasoning abilities, and develop the big ideas for early childhood mathematics learning in line with state and national standards. This program prepares students for later learning that takes place by teaching mathematical thinking in:
- Number and Numeration
- Operations and Computation
- Data and Chance
- Measurement and Reference Frames
- Patterns, Functions, and Algebra
Everyday Mathematics provides the opportunity for elementary age students to become lifelong mathematical thinkers. Students learn through hands on experiences using games, manipulatives, small group work, as well as mathematical routines (graphing weather, learning calendar skills, counting the days of school, and conducting surveys to analyze data) and teacher instruction. This curriculum focuses on deepening mathematical thinking and problem solving through open response questions and encourages students to discover different ways to arrive at the same answer.
The spiraling curriculum maximizes students’ potential to master mathematical concepts needed for everyday life by offering repeated exposure and practice. Students strengthen their skills at their own pace through differentiated lessons and learning experiences. Parental involvement is encouraged through Home Links and Family Letters, which describe student learning, offer suggestions about ways to support math learning at home, and give follow-up activities to work on at home.