MATH & LOGIC

At AlphaMinds Academy, we teach Mathematics based on the same curriculum that is taught in Singapore, a tiny Asian nation leads the world in assessment tests for math and whose students are routinely rated amongst the best in the world in Mathematics. What sets Singapore Math curriculum apart is that it emphasizes core understanding of mathematical concepts and stresses problem-solving through questions that become more complex in each grade level. Singapore Math Curriculum has been adapted for the US schools and is fully aligned with the US Common Core Standards.  Whether your child needs additional help in his Math studies or is looking for extra challenge, our small group classes and one on one tutoring offers individualized curriculum that helps students succeed in their learning!

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LOGIC PROGRAM (3-5 years old)

At AlphaMinds Academy, we believe that logic is fundamental. It's fundamental to mathematics, science, reasoning, cognitive thinking and so much more. Traditionally, logic is not taught in a classroom setting, but at AlphaMinds Academy we've taken the ideas and concepts of logic and transformed them into a fun and exciting class which will engage the children and get them excited about learning. Research has shown that children who are encouraged to understand the process of thinking (i.e. logic) tend to be inquisitive, creative, confident, compassionate, and communicative. Our Logic PreK class aims to help young children develop their thought process, reasoning and critical thinking skills, which will guide them throughout their formative years.  This class covers all the topics found in the OLSAT® test (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test®) and the NNAT-2® test (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test) as well as in the ERB test.

Logic PreK (Level I)

For many children this class will be their first introduction to the world of math and logic. In this course, children will learn numbers 0 to 10 (counting and addition/subtraction), ordinal numbers 1st to 10th, common shapes, length and graphs. Through our interactive educational approach, children will be introduced to such concepts as arithmetic reasoning, classification, patterns, sequences, and analogies.  Together we will be playing games and solving verbal and pictorial riddles and puzzles designed to promote logical and critical thinking.  

The math portion of this course is based on the Singapore Math K(A) curricula.

* This class is recommended for students 3-4 years old 

 
Logic PreK-K (Level II) 

This is a course for children who are ready to begin their formal Math education. Through our interactive educational approach which includes games, puzzles, riddles, etc, children will continue to develop critical arithmetic and reasoning skills, and expand upon such concepts as Classification, Patterns, Sequences, and Analogies. Children will be introduced to a wide variety of different concepts, including but not limited to such concepts as Number Patterns; More than, Less than; Ordering Numbers; Positions; Sets; Comparing: Greater, Less, Equal; and Before, After, Between; Parts and the Whole, and others. They will master counting up to 100 and will learn how to perform number manipulations, such as addition and subtraction within 20. 

The math portion of this course is based on the Singapore Math K(B) curricula.

* This class is recommended for Kindergarten students who are new to AlphaMinds Academy or to PreK-4 students who have successfully completed our Logic PreK (Level I) class.

 
Math I

This is a class for students who have knowledge of basic counting up to 100, understand and recognize numbers up to 100 and have some skills of adding and subtracting numbers within 10.

We will continue with addition and subtraction of numbers up to 100, focusing mainly on mental calculation. Students will learn the meaning of multiplication and division and basic multiplication and division facts within 40. They will be introduced to different units of measurements such as length, weight, time. We will also cover basic fractions, money, graphs and basic 2D and 3D shapes. Throughout the year we will be solving harder word problems involving multiplication and division.

We will also continue our logic curriculum through our interactive educational approach which will continue to expand upon such concepts as classification, patterns, sequences, and analogies.

 

* This class is recommended for grade 1 students who are new to AlphaMinds Academy or to K students who have successfully completed our Logic PreK-K (Level II) class.

 
Math II 

This is a class for students who have thoroughly mastered addition and subtraction of numbers to 100, especially mentally; have knowledge of place value; understand, recognize and correlate repeating patterns of numbers, letters and objects.

We will continue with addition and subtraction of numbers to 1000, paying special attention to mental calculation. Students will learn multiplication table up to 12 and related division facts. They will learn about standard units of length, weight and capacity in the metric and customary systems and the relationships among units. We will also cover fractions including equivalent fractions and addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, money, time and time intervals, graphs as well as area and perimeter. Throughout the year we will be solving harder word problems involving multiplication, division and fractions.

Last, but not least, we will be solving exciting problems and puzzles from different areas of logic and mathematics.

 

* This class is recommended for grade 2 students who are new to AlphaMinds Academy or to any students who have successfully completed our Math & Logic I class.  To determine which class your child should enroll into, we recommend taking the following assessment tests:

To determine which class your child should enroll into, we recommend taking this assessment test.

 

 
Math III

This is a class for students who have thoroughly mastered addition and subtraction of numbers to 1000 using vertical algorithm as well as using mental calculation strategies; have deep knowledge of place value; know multiplication table up to 10 and related division facts, (up to 5 is a must); have basic understanding of fractions; can solve simple multi-step word problems including problems which involve multiplication and division.

We will continue with addition, subtraction, multiplication and long division by a one-digit number, paying special attention to mental calculation, standard units of length, weight and capacity in the metric and customary systems, the relationships among units, addition and subtraction of compound units. We will also cover fractions including equivalent fractions, addition and subtraction of fractions with like and unlike denominators, money, time and time intervals and other units of time. Geometry moves from the basic shapes to the different parts of geometric objects - points, lines and angles. Throughout the year we will be solving more complex word problems involving multiplication, division, fractions, area and perimeter.

Finally, we will be solving many non-routine word problems and puzzles from different areas of mathematics.

 

* This class is recommended for Grade 3 students who are new to AlphaMinds Academy or to any students who have successfully completed our Math IIB class.  To determine which class your child should enroll into, we recommend taking this assessment test.

 
Math IV

This is a class for students who have thoroughly mastered the basics of fractions and decimals, including addition and subtraction of fractions with different denominators and beginning multiplication and division of decimals.

We will continue with multiplication of mixed numbers, multiplication and division of decimals, order of operations, percentage and the connection of percent-fraction-decimals, harder word problems involving especially fractions and percents, triangle and quadrilateral geometry, more complex area and perimeter problems. Some special topics like Pascal's triangle and probability will be introduced also.

Finally, we will be solving many non-routine word problems and puzzles from different areas of mathematics.

 

* This class is recommended for grade 4 students who are new to AlphaMinds Academy or to any students who have successfully completed our Math III class.  To determine which class your child should enroll into, we recommend taking this assessment test.

 
Math V

This is a class for students who have thoroughly mastered the basics of fractions and decimals, including addition and subtraction of fractions with different denominators and multiplication and division of decimals by a whole number.

We will continue with multiplication and division of fractions and mixed numbers, multiplication and division of decimals, order of operations, percentage and the connection of percent-fraction-decimals. Students will be solving harder word problems involving fractions and percents, ratio and rate, triangle and quadrilateral geometry, more complex area, perimeter and volume problems.

Finally, we will be solving many non-routine word problems and puzzles from different areas of mathematics.

 

* This class is recommended for grade 5 students who are new to AlphaMinds Academy or to any students who have successfully completed our Math IV class.  To determine which class your child should enroll into, we recommend taking this assessment test.

 
Math MS I - Pre-Algebra
Introducing Advanced Mathematics Class for Grades 6-7! 

This is a class for students who have deep understanding of the very foundations of our number system, and can work comfortably with whole numbers, thoroughly mastered the basics of fractions and decimals, percentage and the connection of percent-fraction-decimals.

This class is designed to introduce more realistic word problems, to teach the major strategies of problem solving, and to foster recognition of mathematical patterns. In addition to the concepts that each student learns in school, we will be cultivating understanding of word problems and real-world situations where one would apply the basic concepts already studied. Students will be challenged in a fun and creative atmosphere with new types of problems that will set them apart in their usual classroom setting. Students will begin preparation for the Math portion of the PSAT and ISEE tests.

Finally, we will be solving many non-routine word problems and puzzles from different areas of mathematics.T

 

opics covered in this class:

  • Prime factorization

  • LCM and GCD

  • Fraction, Decimals, Approximation

  • Rate, Ratio and Percentage 

  • Negative numbers. Addition, subtraction, comparison. Absolute values. Multiplication and division of negative numbers. 

  • Algebraic laws. Commutative, Associative, Distributive Laws

  • Algebraic expressions. Solving equations. Translation of word problems into algebraic equations. Solving Word problems. 

  • Rate, ratio, speed

  • Introduction to geometry (area and circumference of a circle, triangle and quadrilateral geometry, more complex area, perimeter and volume problems)

  • Graphing on the coordinate plane

  • Understanding functions

  • Probability and statistics

* This class is recommended for grade 6 and 7 students who are new to AlphaMinds Academy, and to any students who have successfully completed our Math V class.  To determine which class your child should enroll into, we recommend taking this assessment test.

Math MS II - Algebra 1

At this level, math students need to know and really understand basic laws and rules of Algebra. This class will continue an in-depth study of topics of algebra 1 and beginning geometry with proofs: quadratic equations and parabolic graphs, fractional equations, absolute value equations and inequalities, fractional inequalities, the study of functions, sequences and series, equations of circles, forming equations using coordinates, parallel lines and angles, congruence and similarity, triangle geometry. The program includes many types of word problems and shows how they can be solved. Besides Algebra, the program includes several advanced topics, such as Mathematical Induction, Combinatorics, Logical games, Fibonacci sequence.. Students learn to use logical reasoning, systematic approach to problem solving, calculations and algebraic transformations. This class also prepares students for the admission tests to the selective High Schools

Topics covered in this class:

  • Indices (Exponents)

  • Radicals

  • Algebraic manipulations

  • Literal and Quadratic Equations (Quadratic formula + completing the perfect square method)

  • Rate, Ratio, Percentage. Problems involving financial transactions

  • The coordinate plane. Graphs of linear equations. Quadratic graphs (introduction)

  • Linear function. Using slope and Y-intersect, types of slopes, writing an equation giving 2 points 

  • Other types of functions

  • Simultaneous linear equations

  • Inequalities

  • Compound inequalities

  • Congruent and similar triangles 

* This class is recommended for students in grades 7 and 8 who are new to AlphaMinds Academy, and to any students who have successfully completed our Math MS I class.  To determine which class your child should enroll into, we recommend taking our assessment test (please email us to request it sent to you)

 
Math MS III - Algebra 1 Advanced

In this course students continue with the study of Algebra 1.  This course fully prepares students for advanced Algebra or Algebra 2 course in high school.  

Topics covered in this class include:

  • Measuration

  • Pythagorean Theorem and Trignometry 

  • Motion Geometry

  • Statistics

  • Advanced Algebraic Manipulations

  • Graphic Functions

  • Complex Numbers

  • Exponents

  • Sequences and Series

* This class is recommended for students in grades 8 and 9 who are new to AlphaMinds Academy, and to any students who have successfully completed our Math MS II class.  To determine which class your child should enroll into, we recommend taking our assessment test (please email us to request it sent to you)

 
GEOMETRY

This is an introduction to geometry course.

Topics covered in this class include:

  • Angles 

  • Congruent triangles 

  • Perimeter and Area

  • Similar Triangles 

  • Right triangles 

  • Special parts of a triangle 

  • Quadrilaterals

  • Polygons

  • Geometric Inequalities 

  • Circles

  • Circles and angles 

  • Power of a point 

  • Tree dimensional geometry 

  • Curved surfaces 

  • Motion geometry 

  • Analytic geometry 

  • Introduction to trigonometry 

  • Problem solving strategies 

* This class is recommended for students in grades 7-9 who are new to AlphaMinds Academy, and to any students who have successfully completed our Math MS I or MS II classes.  To determine which class your child should enroll into, we recommend taking our assessment test (please email us to request it sent to you)

 
FALL 2020:
Weekday Program: 09/14 - 12/18
Saturday Program: 09/12 - 12/19
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