# Thinkster Curriculum

## Built for Lifelong Learning

We’re on a mission to provide comprehensive curriculum that develops not just mathskills, but thinking skills. Our team of dedicated math experts designed our curriculum to reflect the complexity and nuance of real life situations. When your child can process this kind of information in non-routine ways, their minds become more powerful and efficient.

Math is a lot more than just computational skills. Thinkster’s Math curriculum develops your child’s ability to think non-linearly, creatively, and analytically with data. Being able to sort through the relevant information and solve problems is the true mark of mastery.

## Computational Fluency

5 + 3 = ____

8 - 5 = ____

6 x 4 = ____

9 ÷ 3 = ____

By solving hundreds of problems in each topic, your child acquires fundamental skills: fluency in math facts, accuracy, efficiency and flexibility with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

The twin pillars that support substantial learning are critical thinking and logical / analytical reasoning: the art of asking questions to understand context and constraints; the ability to deduce solution given a set of criteria.

## Critical Thinking, Logical/Analytical Reasoning

How many fruits are there in a basket if it has 3 apples, 5 oranges, and 2 carrots?

Real life word problems are a part of every skill set in our curriculum. We design these problems to include conceptually unrelated numbers (or distractors). Demonstrating what operations to use to solve problems, in the presence of distractors, is critical for gaining proficiency in a topic.

## Aligned to School Work

With your input, your instructor can easily customize your child’s study plan to reflect and reinforce what they’re learning in school. Along with this customization, we build test-taking skills through frequent evaluations.

### We conduct periodic reviews to accelerate learning. It is not how much you have learned, but how quickly can you learn? It is about capacity maximization and steep learning curves!

Thinkster students frequently take small and large tests

• Thinkster Topic Tests are similar to a class’ unit test

• Thinkster Unit Tests are comparable to a class’ cumulative end of year test

Testing frequently helps students

• develop strong test taking skills

• feel confident taking tests

• remember material over a long period of time

## We are aligned to the idea that a rigorous foundation in math is critical for every child

Towards this, we focus on having our students develop expertise on whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals—which helps our students in K-5 to become ready for more demanding math concepts and procedures and develop the capability to apply their learnings to real life situations.

We then move our students through more complex work in geometry and algebra in the middle grades to enrich and develop confidence, excellence and preparedness for high school Math.

## Aligned to Common Core & Singapore Math

Diana weighs 25 lbs more than she did last year. If she weighed 147 lbs last year, how much does she weigh now?