Students grades K-2 explore a world of fun, creative mathematics. They learn number sense, measurement, data gathering and handling among other skills through number talks, challenge problems, brain teasers, logic puzzles and math games. They learn through the process of solving problems which is both challenging and rewarding; requiring creativity, logic, deep thinking, collaboration, and grit.
Galaxy Math is for motivated and curious students grades 3-6 who have a real interest in mathematics. They will discover, explore, and make connections between mathematical concepts preparing them for advanced level math. Students in this class learn about numbers, geometry and measures, algebra, probability and statistics through number talks, challenge problems, brain teasers, logic puzzles and math games. They learn through the process of solving problems which is both challenging and rewarding; requiring creativity, logic, deep thinking, collaboration, and grit.
Program Learning Goals
Students persist in solving challenging problems
Students explain and makes sense of their methods
Students develop number sense
the ability to decompose numbers
understanding how operations affect the magnitude of numbers
Students develop a deep understanding of math concepts
Students develop a mathematical thinking process
reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving
Student success comes from hard work
Pedagogy and Curriculum
Starfire Math is based on the pedagogy and curriculum developed by the Stanford University Graduate School of Education and the Cambridge University Millennium Mathematics Project. Refer to You Cubed and NRICH.
Students in Starfire Math develop a love for math as they apply mathematical thinking to solve fun, interesting, and relevant problems. Through the process of solving problems your child will be on their way towards building a solid foundation and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. They will form a mental map of how big ideas in math connect together.
Students are encouraged to ask questions, collaborate with their peers, present and convince others that their methods make sense using logical reasoning. Students learn to be mathematicians. They acquire mathematical thinking, problem-solving and logical thinking and resilience while building a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.
Starfire classes foster a growth mindset, grit, collaboration, and empathy. Our classrooms are fun, emotionally, intellectually safe and supportive learning environments. Starfire teachers inspire intellectual and personal growth in their students. The teachers love what they do and their passion is contagious.
What are the Starfire Math teacher-coaches' qualifications?
Starfire teacher-coaches are highly qualified math, engineering, computer science professionals and teachers with degrees from Stanford University, Harvard, MIT, University of California and other excellent academic institutions. We teach Starfire Math because we want to share our knowledge and enthusiasm for math with kids.
Small Class Size
The Starfire Math classes are limited to no more than six students per teacher, and 18 students per classroom.
Starfire Try a Class and Cancellation Policy
If you would like your child to try a Starfire class, please register and pay online. If you feel that Starfire is not the right fit, you may withdraw your student within the first two weeks of class.
A cancelation fee equal to the cost of two classes plus a $25 processing fee will be applied, and the balance of the registration fee will be refunded.
The cancellation fee applies to all eligible refunds. Cancellations made after the two week trial period are not eligible for a refund.
Starfire is able to offer a limited number of scholarships intended only for students with a financial need who would not otherwise be able to participate. If your family is able to pay for after school classes, please allow others to utilize the scholarships!
The Starfire Math classes are limited to 18 students per classroom, with no more than six students per teacher/coach.