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All children can learn math to the highest levels when we meet them where they are at and walk with them on their individual learning journey.
Grades and ages for classes are provided for general guidance only. Please sign your child up based on their INDIVIDUAL learning needs.
Due to the importance of developing relationships with and helping our youngest children learn the essential core concepts of elementary-level math, I do not offer a group-based program for younger students. However, please consider private lessons designed for your child's INDIVIDUAL learning needs and your family's schedule.
Dive deep into challenging math using Beast Academy Online (Level 2). Students must have a solid understanding of grade one math including counting and number sense into the hundreds. We review foundational grade 2 concepts, but this program is recommended for students (typically ages 8-9) ready for advanced math concepts.
Build creativity in this accelerated math program using Beast Academy Online (Level 3) designed to meet the needs students (typically ages 9-10) ready for advanced grade 3-4 math. We will review math concepts from earlier grades, but this level is intended for students with a strong number sense and ability to add and subtract.
Develop new ways of thinking because quality learning doesn't come from memorizing procedures and formulas using Beast Academy Online (Level 4). This program is best for students (typically ages 10-11) ready for advanced grade five math and who already have explored the basics of multiplication, division, and fractions.
Explore a variety of methods and strategies that provide the springboard for advanced middle school math. We will learn using Beast Academy Online (Level 5). This accelerated program is designed for students (typically ages 11-12) ready for advanced sixth-grade math and who have already MASTERED multiplication and division.
Tackle fun pattern-based thinking challenges, learn about variables, and even solve algebraic equations like 3x + 5 = x + 9 in picture and numerical format using the Hands-On Equations Learning System.
Get hands-on, project-based geometry learning that integrates puzzles, games, art and science projects, and Beast Academy (level 3) to explore angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, other polygons, tangrams, and pentominoes.
What's the point (pun intended)? To learn, create, and even EAT math! Through games, projects, stories, and Beast Academy (level 4) we will learn about the geometric elements (points, lines, rays, planes), symmetry, and more.
Go to another dimension - into the world of 3D shapes, perimeter, area, nets, and more! Along with fun stories, games, and Beast Academy (level 5), we get hands-on with real world design, architecture, and engineering projects.
"An exceptionally talented and experienced AAP teacher just opened up more spots in her math club, enrichment programs, and individualized math instruction. Our second grader is in her virtual math club and LOVES it. It is a fantastic club for advanced mathematicians in elementary school (or afterschool enrichment). The club is fun, rigorous, and social. I was really struggling with how to teach my daughter math, and then Ms. Mendez came and saved the day (and my sanity). She is so passionate and creative and provides plenty of extension opportunities outside the direct classroom time (e.g., math books, riddles, Flipgrid video projects with other kids.) She is a natural in the virtual classroom environment. It's a complete math course for elementary students for an affordable price." - Amanda
This is not a traditional math class or tutoring program. It's a fun, inquiry- and project-based experience because we believe:
All children, given the right support and time, can learn mathematics to the highest levels.
Beautiful Math Minds classes, clubs, and camps are led by Jen Mendez, a veteran Virginia-certified elementary school educator with over 15 years of experience, specifically as an Advanced Academics Program (AAP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) teacher. Whether online or in-person, kids come together for fun and collaborative mixed age hands-on, minds-on experiences. We tackle enriching challenges and engage in number talks that require the kids to be creative problem-solvers and critical thinkers. We value diversity in thinking and kids who love to ask questions!
COVID resulted (and continues to create) many challenges, but it also provided us with many gifts, including the gifts of possibility and opportunity to re-imagine what it means to learn and educate. Education is not a zero-sum game where one child's gain or loss is exactly balanced by the losses or gains of another. Everyone can "win" with each individual win. Societies with higher rates of education have lower crime, better overall health, and civic involvement. Success and true equity in education depends on innovation, collaboration, and honoring individual learning. Let us remember and honor our children, the future, by gratefully and lovingly valuing and supporting their questions, curiosities, and lifelong learning adventures.
Kids are amazing, unique individuals who grow and change in their own time. There are targets (goals, standards, etc.) in education and life, places we want our children to reach for and eventually be. However, the path and journey along the way are many and varied. When we push all kids to learn the same thing at the same pace, it meets the needs of very few. For many, this means gaps in knowledge that, at some point, have to be filled if kids are to learn higher math. For many others, it results in boredom and lost opportunities to reach one's highest potential. Let's personalize and individualize the learning so that each child is growing as a learner, measured against their own goals and personal growth rather than standards that are explicitly based on age.
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