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Successful use of the Common Core Standards based MathShapes: go figure! program in the classroom setting can be accomplished by integrating the 21st Century learning methods into the following methods of implementation:
The purpose of Title 1 is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. By using Title 1 funds, schools will increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional, and academic growth of children. Parental involvement is a key component of the MathShapes: go figure! program. Parents or guardians are given a resource guide to help them help their children with math. Support workshops for parents are provided.
To succeed in school and life, children need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months. Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical skills over the summer months. The MathShapes: go figure! program can be used as a summer learning curriculum for student in grades one through five. The program is aligned to the common core standards and can be used in conjunction with any basal program. The program can be administered by teachers or non educators. Schools have used the program in the summer as a review of the completed grade or as a preview of the upcoming year.
Out of school opportunities help to expand learning and address the needs of the whole child. Community sponsored venues support working parents, offer safe environments for students and advocate for educational equality. MathShapes: go figure! can provide students with a sound basis in mathematical thinking as they work through interesting problems and meaningful activities that promote the use of the 21st Century Learning Skills:
The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs. The MathShapes: go figure! pre-first program provides strategies and activities to jumpstart children's understandings of math concepts. Parental involvement is an integral part of the program.
Schools across the country are focusing more on STEM learning. The goal is to prepare students for success in the economic competitiveness of the future. The MathShapes: go figure! program creates a quality STEM experience by providing content that is aligned to the common core standards while focusing on critical thinking and problem solving. The program can be used to enrich any STEM program currently used. Our program engages students, increases motivation with activity-based learning, encourages alternative solutions to problem solving, and provides an interactive learning process.