At Balboa Academy, we use a variety of research-based programs and strategies to teach mathematics classes daily, ranging from 45 minutes to 60 minutes a day in the elementary school. Teachers differentiate in their teaching of math instruction by offering station teaching, small group activities, and independent strategies. We also offer small group math support by our Educational Specialists for learners who need extra help, as well as, enriched math classes once a week in grades 1 – 4 for advanced learners.
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.
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 calendar program enriches daily math instruction, reinforces core concepts, and provides immediate differentiation in 10–15 minutes a day. Interactive calendar activities build computational fluency, reasoning, and conceptual understanding to support students’ mathematical learning.