At High Park Day School, we have adopted the Jump Math program. It is a program that was developed here in Toronto! To learn more, follow this link.
The Jump Math program is divided in to traditionally leveled books (grade 1, 2, 3 etc.) but we assign books based on ability. Since the books are incredibly user-friendly and guide the students through definitions and both written and visual examples, we are able to teach mini-lessons individually while students work independently.
We also supplement the Jump Math materials by ‘taking a break from the book’ every now and then to focus on specific skills that may need development, or to challenge students with additional problems or even projects!
Every Friday morning during our Math period, students participate in Real Life Math! This is a fun and exciting challenge where students use their ‘Math Brains’ to complete a group work task focused around mathematics. Building bridges, creating marble roller coasters, and working on brain teasing word problems with a partner are just a few examples.
Once a week, students also get to take a break from their independent work to play with our Mental Math materials. Tangrams, dominoes, puzzles and other math games get the kids manipulating objects and using their spacial awareness, predictive abilities, and logical mathematical skills.