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Here's an example of how the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach would look in practice for teaching addition:
Concrete: The teacher gives the students a set of blocks and asks them to physically stack the blocks to show the concept of addition (for example, 2 blocks + 3 blocks = 5 blocks).
Pictorial: Next, the teacher provides students with a picture or a drawing showing two groups of objects (such as apples) and asks the students to count the total number of objects. The students then draw a similar picture to represent the sum (for example, 2 apples + 3 apples = 5 apples).
Abstract: Finally, the teacher introduces symbols (such as + and =) to represent the problem and solution (for example, 2 + 3 = 5). The students then practice solving problems using only symbols.
By following this approach, students are able to build a strong foundation for mathematical understanding and are better equipped to tackle more complex problems in the future.
Here's an example of how the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach could look for a more advanced topic, such as quadratic equations:
Concrete: The teacher gives the students a set of blocks and asks them to physically create a parabolic shape using the blocks to show the concept of a quadratic equation (for example, y = x^2).
Pictorial: Next, the teacher provides students with a graph of a quadratic equation (for example, y = x^2 + 4x + 4) and asks the students to analyze the graph. The students then use a ruler and a protractor to sketch a similar graph on their own paper.
Abstract: Finally, the teacher introduces the algebraic representation of the quadratic equation (for example, y = ax^2 + bx + c) and asks the students to solve for the coefficients (a, b, and c) given specific points on the graph. The students then practice solving for the coefficients using only symbols.
By following this approach, students are able to understand the abstract concepts of quadratic equations in a more concrete and visual way, making it easier for them to grasp the material and solve complex problems.
Measures a student’s cumulative knowledge acquired in their prior grade level, uncover gaps, and establish learning goals.
A pre-test is given to assess the student’s level of readiness prior to teaching each new topic and unit. Gaps in student’s knowledge can be quickly filled with the lessons from the prior unit and grade.
These fun, engaging and kid-friendly videos provide high quality Singapore Math instruction for each topic, unit and grade. They
Assisted practice exercises
The assisted practice exercises provide more visuals and guidance for students to acquire new concepts.
Games motivate students to practice in a fun environment. They provide a lot of additional practice to reinforce development of procedural fluency
Benchmark practice exercises
The benchmark practice exercises enable on-level students to practice or reinforce concepts that they have already learned and develop procedural fluency
The intervention tests allow teachers to diagnose whether students need simultaneous remediation of a number of skills.
The grade tests reveal students’ understanding of concepts learned throughout the grade level as well as abilities to apply that knowledge to solving non-routine and open-ended problems.
Singapore's students consistently dominate in both math and science, this raises the question of what makes Singapore students so successful in STEM subjects. The cornerstone of the Singapore method of math mastery is the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach (CPA). It's also the same teaching method we employ in our MathCode™ programs.
Some feel that our students struggle because the information tends to jump from concrete to abstract without giving the learner time to fully grasp the ideas through pictures. The pictorial phase acts as a bridge, preparing the mind to think in more abstract ways. Mastery is easier to achieve because it occurs at each level, with the student building on previous skills.
The ability to think about numbers in your head without the use of outside tools is an important skill to have. What has been lacking for many Western students is a method that enhances their aptitude for creative problem-solving. The MathCode™ method addresses all of this, allowing your child to build a strong foundation in Maths and problem-solving.
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Why is the Skill Samurai Math Method so good? Is there any research?
There's a growing body of research that demonstrates the integration of Coding and Maths can boost student learning outcomes.
The MathCode Method is based on the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach. A recent study found that the improvement of spatial sense ability (SSA) of students who received learning with the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach was significantly better compared to students who received conventional learning. (Putri, H. E., Rahayu, P., Muqodas, I., & Wahyudy, M. A. (2020). The Effect of Concrete-PictorialAbstract (CPA) in Improving Elementary School Students’ Spatial Sense Ability. Mimbar Sekolah Dasar, 7(1), 16-29. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.17509/mimbar-sd.v7i1.19585.)
Mathematics and Coding: How Did Coding Facilitate Thinking? Calder, Nigel. (2022). The teachers involved in the project identified that the use of unplugged activities and coding language facilitated mathematical thinking in students. ScratchMaths has been shown to be an effective resource for developing coding and computational thinking in primary-aged children in the UK. (Calder, Nigel. (2022). Mathematics and Coding: How Did Coding Facilitate Thinking?)
The results showed that children with coding play experience had higher levels of computational thinking, self-regulation, and attention concentration. A positive correlation was found between computational thinking and attention concentration in children with coding play experience. The study concluded that coding play experience is an important factor in enhancing computational thinking in early childhood. (Kim, Mi-Jung & Pu, Sung-Sook. (2022). The effects of Self-regulation and Attention concentration on Computational Thinking according to Coding Play experience of children. Korean Association For Learner-Centered Curriculum And Instruction. 22. 571-588. 10.22251/jlcci.2022.22.12.571.)
Learning Math Through Coding and Learning Coding Through Math: Two Sides of the Same Coin. (Mamolo, Ami & Tepylo, Diane & Ruttenberg-Rozen, Robyn & Rodney, Sheree. (2023). Learning Math Through Coding and Learning Coding Through Math: Two Sides of the Same Coin. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. 10.1007/s42330-022-00254-x.)
What if my child misses a class?
We've designed our classes to be family-friendly! Our goal is to be the most flexible in the industry.
The make-up class can be in the same week or following week.
Do you offer Sibling discounts?
Yes, siblings receive 10% off weekly memberships. Speak with your local
If my child misses a class, will they fall behind?
No.At Skill Samurai, your child will never fall behind. Our programs allow each child to work on their own courses/projects and focus areas at their own pace, ensuring a personalized and efficient learning experience.
Even if you miss a week or more, your child can easily pick up right where they left off. It's an educational approach that truly puts the child's needs first!
My child has a short attention span, is this program good for them?
Coding can be a great tool for kids with short attention spans, as it allows them to engage in a hands-on and interactive learning experience. Coding projects are often broken down into smaller, manageable steps, which can help to keep kids focused and on task. Additionally, the immediate feedback provided by the computer can help to maintain their interest and motivation. Through coding, kids can also develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills, which can translate to improved attention and focus in other areas of their lives. Coding provides a sense of accomplishment as they see their ideas come to life through the projects they create, encouraging them to stay engaged and continue learning.
Combining Maths tuition with coding can help children fall back in love with Maths!
I have a busy schedule, how flexible is your timetable?
We get it, family schedules can be hectic. We've designed a world-class curriculum that is project based and self-paced. What does that mean? It means that your child can attend any scheduled class, any day. If you need to cancel at short notice, no problem, our booking system allows you to easily cancel, book and rebook. We've designed it especially for busy families.
What is your cancellation policy?
We understand needs and priorities change, and you may need to cancel classes. We do request that you give us a 30-day notice of intent to cancel. You may do that by sending us an email with the date that you would like to stop. However, we are not able to refund you for any classes that you have missed in the months before.
Our Camp cancellation policy is as follows.
30 days prior to the start of camp refund minus a $10 processing fee
14 days prior to the start of camp 75% refund.
7 days prior to the start of camp 50% refund.
Less than 7 days prior to the start of camp, no refund.
Our refund policy is strong because many of our summer programs sell out, and the closer that we get to the start of camp, the harder it is to find a replacement. In many cases, our owners have paid for staff, equipment, and software, and those funds are not refundable. Monthly memberships require 30 days cancellation.