[Photo by FXR [aka Soundz’FX].]
Our homeschool co-op classes start today, and I’m not ready. I never am. Life keeps going, anyway.
Elementary Math Club
The elementary math club was canceled due to low enrollment. Too bad — that was the class I had done the most planning for over the summer. Still, having the free hour between class sessions will be a nice change.
Middle School Math Club
I have a new group of middle school kids. Some of them were in my elementary classes last year, but none of them have worked at the MathCounts level before. We will be starting from scratch, practicing the basics and doing lots of problems.
The Handbook Volume 1 is up on the Math Counts website, so that will be the core of our work. I think the MathCounts Toolbox (pdf) would be overwhelming for many of them at this point, but I found some good review sheets at
Mrs. Tentoni’s site [no longer open to visitors 😦 ].
For this week: How to Solve a Tough Math Problem, and math vocabulary as it comes up in our problems.
High School Math Club
A few of last year’s MathCounts team are back for high school, but I also have several new students whose abilities are unknown. All of them are supposed to be at the geometry or algebra 2 level, but I think we’ll start the year by going deeper into arithmetic and basic algebra.
The core of this class will be Dave Marain’s challenge problems, along with lessons from the Art of Problem Solving Volume 1. The students don’t have the book (and I suspect some of them would be intimidated by it), so I’ll be drawing on it as a teacher’s reference and adapting as we go along.