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Olympic Math

The Olympic math program has been specially designed not to duplicate, but to enhance the math curriculum taught in American schools in CA.  It is founded on many years of observation and tests of kids from public and private schools, compared to the leading means and methods in teaching math in Russian Federation and uniquely put together to cover not only the “missed” material in school, but to give students an upper leg in understanding (not learning by heart) math concepts, including both – algebra and geometry.
 
K, 1st and 2nd grade students have one 45-minute lesson per week. Math program on that level focuses mainly on fundamental math skills: counting, solving and creating word problems, work with geometrical manipulatives.
 
3rd grade forward children have math classes twice a week – the fundamental math is a 90 min class and Olympic math 45-90 min class (length of the class depends upon the grade)
 
The curriculum of the fundamental math includes three main blocks: arithmetic, geometry and logic. Arithmetic focuses on teaching the children the art of optimal verbal counting, creative mental math and solving math word problems.  The latest research proofs the direct correlation between the learning how to solve creative math problems and developing habits on calculating various outcomes of the life decisions, which is very important in any profession a child would go into.
 
Solving math word problems is a big part of any math curriculum in Russian. Its traditions go back to the Russian mathematics methodology that was founded on L. Magnitsky's "Arithmetic". His textbook and math word concepts are considered to be deeper and broader than the ones presented in American school text books.
 
The geometrical component is based on the elementary school textbook "Visual Geometry" by N.B. Istomina and "Visual Geometry" by I.F. Sharygin for 5-6 grades. It is designed to spark children's interest in geometry, as they work with geometrical manipulatives, solve geometry based word problems and learn about the interesting facts about the development of science, physics, geometry and technology.
 
Russian math curriculum has long incorporated challenging logic math problems.  Many of these word problems were published in the book by E. Ignatiev "Witty Word Problems" in 1918, and we still can find most of them in the current math textbooks used by various public and private schools in Russia.  Some of these are included in our math course with the hope to help children develop critical thinking skills.
 
The “Olympic Math” course combines teaching several essential components of contemporary math (algorithm theory, combinatorics, graph theory, topology) alongside learning how to solve Olympic level math problems using many (and very often unknown to the kids) means and methods.  The primary textbooks for the course are the series "Mathematical Etudes" that was designed especially for schoolchildren by the methodologists at the Steklov Institute of Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 
 
Class Schedule:
 
Fundamental Math Level
 
0 level (5-6 years): Friday 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
1 level (6-7 years): Friday 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
2 level (7-8 years): Wednesday  4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
3 level,(8-9 years): Wednesday 4:00 pm -5:45 pm
4 level, (9-10 years): Monday 4:00 pm -5:45 pm
5-6 level (10-11 years): Tuesday 4:00 pm -5:45 pm
8 level/algebra (12-13 years):Tuesday 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm
 
Olympic Level Math Group
 
Group 1 (7-9 years): Friday 3:30 pm -4:30 pm
Group 2 (10 years): Wednesday 3:00 pm - 4 pm
Group 3 (11-12  years): Wednesday 4:00 pm -5:45 pm
Group 4 (13+ years), Thursday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
 
   Pricing:
 
  • Levels 0, 1, 2: $90 / month, for afterschool students is included in the monthly tuition 
    (Semester prepaid non-refundable/no make-up classes $80 month)
  • Levels 3, 4, 5-6, 7+:  $150 / month, for afterschool students is included in the monthly tuition 
    (Semester prepaid non-refundable/no make-up classes $130/ month)
  • Olympic level math groups 1,2  7-9:  $100/ month, $80/month for Rossinca students enrolled in afterschool program 
  • Olympic level math groups 3, 4:   $150/ month, $130 for Rossinca students enrolled in afterschool program 

Teachers:  Iulia Gubenko, Svetlana Romanova