The ultimate goal of Legacy’s math program is to foster a deep and thorough number sense in our students so that they can effectively solve mathematical problems. We understand that the same language-based challenges that impact our students in reading and writing present difficulties for them in understanding and applying the language of math. Our average math class consists of four students grouped by mathematical ability and learning style.
At Legacy, students use a program called Math-U-See, where they build visual and kinesthetic models to gain mastery over number sense, math facts, and mathematical concepts. The focus is on understanding math, so that the child can then appropriately problem solve.
We want the student to know that multiplication is “fast adding of the same number” and that you can represent a multiplication problem by building a rectangle. If a student can “show” the teacher a multiplication problem and explain multiplication in his or her own words, then he is demonstrating a real understanding of this important concept.
Through our units on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, we teach and expect students to master their math facts. If we ask our students, “What is 6 times 7?” then we want to hear an immediate “42”, and we will work with all students to attain this level of mastery. Our program emphasizes a deep ownership of number sense, mastery of math facts, and word problem analysis.
Once Legacy students have a solid mathematical foundation in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals, they move onto a rich discovery program focused on an investigative approach to mathematics. This complete mathematics curriculum, aligned with The Common Core State Standards Initiative, utilizes engaging interactive problems and motivating everyday situations to learn math concepts. We appropriately challenge each student, regardless of whether math is his or her primary strength or a relative weakness.