At Balboa Academy, we use a variety of research-based programs and strategies to teach mathematics classes daily, ranging from 30 minutes to 50 minutes a day in the elementary school. Teachers differentiate in their teaching of math by offering station teaching, small group activities, and independent strategies. We also offer small group math support by our Educational Specialists for struggling learners, as well as, enriched math classes once a week in grades 3 and 4.
Everyday Mathematics is a comprehensive, research-based and field-tested curriculum that focuses on developing children’s understandings and skills in ways that produce life-long mathematical power. The program was developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and published by McGraw-Hill Education. Every year in the U.S., about 250,000 classrooms are using Everyday Mathematics.
The Everyday Mathematics curriculum emphasizes:
- Use of concrete, real-life examples that are meaningful and memorable as an introduction to key mathematical concepts.
- Repeated exposures to mathematical concepts and skills to develop children’s ability to recall knowledge from long-term memory.
- Frequent practice of basic computation skills to build mastery of procedures and quick recall of facts, often through games and verbal exercises.
- Use of multiple methods and problem-solving strategies to foster true proficiency and accommodate different learning styles.
In Everyday Mathematics, games are not considered competitors for class time, nor are they viewed as mere time-fillers and rewards. In fact, games satisfy many standard drill objectives that can help children master and reinforce skills and concepts.
Each grade of the Everyday Mathematics curriculum is carefully designed to build and expand a student’s mathematical proficiency and understanding. Our goal: to build powerful mathematical thinkers.
Every Day Counts Calendar Math
From Pre-K through algebra readiness, the EveryDay Counts family of programs enriches daily math instruction, reinforces core concepts, and provides immediate differentiation in 10–15 minutes a day. Options include Calendar Math, Daily Planning Guides, Partner Games, and Practice Counts. Together, these activities and interactive games build computational fluency, reasoning, and conceptual understanding.