MathPlus School is proud to have been awarded the 2017 Best Math Tutors in Boston Award by Expertise.
MathPlus School is an after-school program based in Newton that teaches kids in preschool through high school. The small classes have up to 6 students at a time to ensure plenty of personalized attention. The school provides advanced level math for all grade levels. MathPlus School also teaches physics, chemistry, chess, STEM/robotics, advanced English, and prepares students for the SAT1 and SAT2. They aspire to make your child fall in love with math while helping them succeed in school and on standardized tests.
My daughter Renee has been attending MathPluss School since Kindergarten. I have seen her love of learning math increased tremendously and her confidence soars as she understands and solves problems. I am extremely happy with the level of professionalism at MathPlus and the small class size. I am convinced that she is at her advanced level because we started her leaning at a Kindergarten level. The learned techniques continue to make math fun and easy for Renee in the second grade as well. I highly recommend MathPluss to all parents looking to engage their children and promote the love of learning from an early age.
We have been busy at MathPlus school, working hard with our students and finding innovative, fun and educational classes to add to our offerings. Please see below for a sampling of what our students are working on.
Design Squad (STEM/Robotics)
Every class has been an exciting one with Mrs. Nic. Students have learned about electrical engineering by making small “BrushBots” that can move and spin. They have studied how physical properties are affected by changing temperatures by making their own “Natural Neosporin.” Most recently, the student studied bio-inspiration to understand how animals’ bodies and behaviors make our lives better by focusing on the cone snail shell and Gecko Tape (“Rip Wrap”). To further this lesson, the class was introduced to two lizards so they can observe the head, rear feet and tail. Space is still available for this class, please contact us to have your student join in on the fun!
Preschool Math Class
The Preschool Math class is growing and learning every day. The focus so far has been on:
- Number sense (e.g., the numeral “4” represents four objects, which is greater than 3 and less than 5: How many more, how many less, how to make them equal)
- Working with a number line, count by 2, count by 10
- Geometry (e.g., patterns and shapes, each with unique features), continue Geometry patterns
- Making classifications of objects by color, shapes, size
- Describing pictures using “above”, under”, “left” ,”right”, above”
- Forming the definition for “right “and left”.
- Building pairs and counting objects by pairs.
First Grade Math Class
Students in the 1st grade math class have been focusing on:
- Measurements: sm., inch, lb.
- Logic: to the right, to the left. Word logic problems
- Solving basic operations using a number line
- 3D Shapes: learning the definitions
- Simplifying expressions with positive and negative numbers
- Using the signs for inequality
- Showing all the different ways to make the following numbers:1-10
- Classification of geometry shapes by color, shape and size
- Finishing patterns
Second Grade Math Class
Students in 2nd grade math class have been focusi
- Basic multiplication
- Addition and subtraction of 2 digit and 3 digit numbers
- Word problems and math modeling
- Logic: pairs and patterns
Third Grade Math Class
Students in 3rd grade math class have been focusing on:
- Defining sets, elements and subsets
- Logic word problems
- Geometry: lines (parallel, perpendicular and intersecting), point, line segment, ray, faces (curved, flat or flat and curved), triangles and planes
- 3D shapes
Fourth Grade Math Class
Students in 4th grade math class have been focusing on:
- Order of operations
- Prime numbers
- Negative numbers
- Divisibility tests
- Long division and multiplication
- Cartesian coordinate system
- Solving equations using auxiliary drawings
- Making a Venn diagram for sets
- Expressions and equations
Sixth Grade Math Class
Students in 6th grade math class have been focusing on:
- Theory of sets on the example of natural, rational and real numbers
- Logical operations: and, or, xor, implies
- Geometry: triangle constructions with a ruler and compass
Eighth Grade Math Class
Students in 8th grade math class have been focusing on:
- Binomial coefficients
- Pascal triangle
- Euclid’s GCD algorithm
Students were very excited by the visit of two lizards: Kimba, a 3-year-old leopard gecko, and Orangeade, a 4-month-old bearded dragon.
Mrs. Nic Design Squad teacher, owners of two lizards, showed photos of last “Beardie” as an adult, so that students could make comparisons in size. They were awed by the 8 inch tail and how it coordinated with Orangeade’s movement.
The movement and thickness of Kimba’s tail were so different. There was a buzz in the group when students learned about the hole, a kind of tunnel for the lizards’ hearing. Some of them knew the consequences of mishandling the gecko (tail drop). After giving each lizard a chance to run around on the table, the each student had an opportunity to hold them, albeit for a short time.
Mrs. Nic got some smart answers to why one the Beardie’s rear toes is much larger than the other. It was clear to all of us that Orangeade was more interested in getting out of his cage than eating his banana, dandelion greens, and crickets. Just to reassure you, Kimba ate fresh worms after you left. Perhaps our actions made them too nervous. For the last half hour of class, students used malleable clay to design the full body or part of the bearded dragon or lizard, thereby showing new observations.
Design Squad is very interesting. Now we have two lizards, our “Keepers.”
Next, we will do some advanced investigations and constructions with magnets while integrating the students’ experience with LEDs.
Did you know that MathPlus School offers Chess classes?Classes are offered for children K-7 grade, in a one on one session or in a group of 2 or 3 students. Learning this great game helps your child expand strategic thinking and logic! Contact us at 1-617-308-2603to have your child try a class for free!
You will need
Ingredients: borax, cornstarch, white glue & water.
Balls have been toys practically forever, but the bouncing ball is a more recent innovation. Bouncing balls were originally made of natural rubber, though now bouncing balls can be made of plastics and other polymers or even treated leather.
Make a Bouncing Polymer Ball You can use chemistry to make your own bouncing ball. Once you understand the basic technique, you can alter the recipe for the ball to see how the chemical composition affects the bounciness of the ball, as well as other characteristics.
Explore the awesome world of chemistry for kids with our range of fun in the lessons “Design Squad”.
- Expanding water polymers,
- Hand crank generators that make electric circuits and send artistic designs flying.
Missed Classes Policy:
If your child has missed a class, the teacher will provide the classwork and homework materials. The teacher will be available to discuss the missed class material with you. Payments for missed classes will not be refunded as the tuition fee includes many business expenses such as insurance, rent, classwork and homework preparation, which are not refundable.
I have two sons who are attending the 3rd and 5th grades this year. What I can see is that they are interested and very involved. Being quite gifted in math, they still have to spend more than an hour doing their math homework every week, as the problems are complex and challenging. I would like to thank the MathPlus’ dedicated teachers who are helping my children not only to develop the math skills, but also appreciate the beauty of mathematics.
I would just like to say how much I appreciate MathPlus School’s approach to teaching math. The math program has been carefully designed not only to teach the subject at a really challenging level but also to inspire children and develop their genuine interest in math. The teachers at the school are very experienced, knowledgeable and committed to deliver the best math education possible. I am very impressed by my son’s progress in the subject, and I can recommend this program to children looking for a challenging and friendly environment to learn math.
My daughter has been attending MathPlus school for one semester. She is taking Math and Russian Language classes. Lora has already greatly improved the math skills since the beginning of the semester. She can now solve the challenging Olympiad level problems. Thanks to the Russian language class, my daughter can read Russian literature and write in Russian. Thank you MathPlus school for a great program with a wide selection of subjects.