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Mathematics curriculum at Belmont Day School

In 2019, after a year of research and training, Belmont Day launched two highly regarded mathematics programs—

Singapore Math for pre-kindergarten to grade 5 and Connected Math Project for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Both programs underscore our commitment to developing strong mathematical thinkers, highly competent problem solvers, and accomplished communicators. Each program provides teachers with a well-designed scope and sequence, clearly articulated example lessons and differentiated problems, and comprehensive benchmarking tools. On any given day in BDS classrooms, you will see active discussions, joyful explorations, and challenging investigations ….

Pre-kindergarten

Pre-k students are hard at work identifying similarities and differences between groups of found objects. Did you know that acorns come in many sizes and in doubles or singles? Knowledge of object categories and attributes allows students to mentally and physically organize things in their world, building their spatial awareness skills.

Kindergarten

On a Monday, kindergarteners might be practicing writing numerals in salt. Tactile experiences are important as students combine their concrete understanding of numbers with symbolic representations. By linking learning experiences from concrete, to representational, to abstract levels of understanding, teachers provide a graduated framework for students to make meaningful connections.

First Grade

On a Tuesday, first grade learners can be found playing addition math games. These differentiated games build math fact fluency. Automaticity with math facts allows students to form the building blocks for higher-level math concepts such as adding and subtracting larger numbers, telling time, and counting money.

Second Grade

Second graders are eagerly adding together three-digit numbers. They tackle these challenging problems first with manipulatives and visual representations and then use their understanding to verbally explain their process in using the standard addition algorithm.

Third Grade

On a Wednesday, third graders are working on pictorial representations of word problems by creating bar models. Bar models are an effective and consistent way to visualize and make sense of any operations problem.

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade students are whizzes at solving long division by creating the problem with place value chips, using the standard long division method, and skillfully articulating their steps.

Fifth Grade

On a Thursday, fifth grade students investigate parts of a whole using concrete models. Understanding this concept facilitates more complex future tasks such as multiplying fractions by other fractions. Math discussions center on sharing individual approaches and identifying the most effective and efficient models.

Sixth Grade

Sixth graders might be taking a deep dive into converting fractions into decimals, expanding their knowledge of equivalent fractions, multiples, and powers of 10.

Seventh Grade

On a Friday, seventh grade students are enthusiastically exploring how the area of a circle is derived from parallelograms. They apply this concept to a real-world shipping container project using 3D printing and LEGO.

Eighth Grade

The eighth grade accelerated math class might be discovering the patterns that exist in exponential functions while challenging themselves to create the rules necessary to transform them.

Math learning is a critical part of each week at Belmont Day as our mathematicians develop their skills, advance their understandings, build their confidence, and discover their mathematical voices.

Use the link for more information about the lower school Singapore Math program.

Use the link for more information about the middle school Connected Math Project.