Thirty years ago, if someone told me that I would feel immense joy with students as they celebrate successes in math, I would have protested. My experience in learning to teach math, though participating in advanced math trainings while I was in the classroom, and then applying this knowledge privately through the grades has been enlightening and invaluable. The road has been long, but being able to mentally add, subtract, multiply, and divide using place value is still exciting to me!

Teaching elementary school math (through 6th grade) is a great strength because I have worked with students of all grade levels and I understand the frustration that can accompany the struggle for both students and parents.

Following is a list of what a parent and students might expect:

- Math interventions and practice through 6th grade
- "New Math" that considers place value and amounts and providing parents with knowledge, so they understand as well
- Standard algorithms
- Nonstandard algorithms
- Help with teaching "new math" to parents and caregivers (it can be fun and improves mental math abilities)
- Coaching and practice to train the brain muscle
- A small amount of homework to facilitate the brain connections

**Call/Text Sondra:**

**860-385-2332 **or** 720-413-6179 **

When students have number sense, they understand that 10 apples are much less 5 apples. Building number sense and understanding the idea that numbers often represent amounts, is a precursor to computation.

- U.S. customary vs. the metric system
- Length / Distance
- Weight
- Capacity

Computation is adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. In many elementary schools, the "new" math is taught, which involves considering entire numbers and their values. This way of thinking, in my opinion, can be beneficial to everyone because it hones mental math skills.

Initially, geometry focuses on identifying properties of shapes and categorizing them. Categorizing is an invaluable skill related to analytical thinking and organization. As elementary geometry progresses, it investigates how shapes are formed, measured, and how they can take space (3D).

Algebra introduces the concept of variables into math equations and analyzing equations in order to make decisions about possible solutions.

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