math lab

 
To become a powerful user of mathematics, you must practice thinking!  Pi Q Math believes that learning math is about helping your child develop the confidence and the curiosity to solve complex problems.  A strong user of mathematics is someone who can apply a logical system of thinking along with a variety of mathematical methods to effectively solve non-routine problems. We do not teach procedures but rather guide a child to make their own valid mathematical discoveries and thus create their own unique mathematical understanding that they will remember and use for the rest of their lives.
The following are excellent workbooks that you can use to practice math at home with your child.
Any workbook by Edward Zaccaro has fabulous problems at various levels to challenge your child’s problem solving skills.  His books are available at Amazon.
MAVA Math Books by Marla Weiss include a large variety of problems for 1st - 5th graders.  Marla believes that practice is necessary even for gifted children to solidify the fundamental knowledge that is so important for success in middle and high school math.  Her books are available on Amazon.
Math Olympiad Contest Problems contain more advanced problems for 4th through 8th graders.  This is an excellent way to prepare for joining a math olympiad team!  Check out the store at www.moems.org.
The Art of Problem Solving has an excellent series of books for high-performing math students.  Check out their curriculum at www.artofproblemsolving.com.

The following are excellent workbooks that you can use to practice math at home with your child.

  1. Any workbook by Edward Zaccaro has fabulous problems at various levels to challenge your child’s problem solving skills.  His books are available at Amazon.

  2. MAVA Math Books by Marla Weiss include a large variety of problems for 1st - 5th graders.  Marla believes that practice is necessary even for gifted children to solidify the fundamental knowledge that is so important for success in middle and high school math.  Her books are available on Amazon.

  3. Math Olympiad Contest Problems contain more advanced problems for 4th through 8th graders.  This is an excellent way to prepare for joining a math olympiad team!  Check out the store at www.moems.org.

  4. The Art of Problem Solving has an excellent series of books for high-performing math students.  Check out their curriculum at www.artofproblemsolving.com.

Through word problems, your child will become better at:
Solving non-routine problems accurately
Justifying why their answer and method make sense
Choosing the most elegant, efficient and effective strategies
Retaining their skills over time
Showing a curiosity and a passion for math

Through word problems, your child will become better at:

  1. BulletSolving non-routine problems accurately

  2. BulletJustifying why their answer and method make sense

  3. BulletChoosing the most elegant, efficient and effective strategies

  4. BulletRetaining their skills over time

  5. BulletShowing a curiosity and a passion for math

the math lab curriculum

“Guess what?!  Our son tested as HGT in math (98%ile) and reasoning (99%ile).  I really had no idea and wasn’t really excited about signing him up to be tested.  We can not help but know that all the enrichment you have provided him over the years has played a powerful and significant role in his advancement.  We would love to provide a testimonial on Pi Q Math’s behalf. ”  - Michelle, mother at Teller whose son has completed most of the Math Lab curriculum.

Making sense of algebra in Math Lab.

This girl was inspired to continue working on Hands on Equations during free play outside.

This team kept working on Hot Spot through lunch.

Top scoring individuals on the Denver Language School Math Olympiad team during the 2014-15 school year.

“I just wanted to thank you for recommending the Art of Problem Solving books.  My husband has been doing some problems with the kids every week-end for about an hour or so, and it’s just a fantastic book.  As always, thank you so much for your great finds! ”  - Heather, mother in Boulder, CO.