Word Problem Wednesday: A Slice of the Pie

By Mathnasium | September 9, 2020

Did you know that approximately $700 MILLION in pies are sold in grocery stores every year?  That doesn’t include those found in restaurants, food service or price clubs. And if you lined up the number of pies sold at U.S. grocery stores in one year, they would circle the globe — and then some!  Of course, we’re not surprised. Pie is one of our favorite foods too. Sure, it might have something to do with the fact that it is usually made in a pleasing ROUND shape, and when we slice into it, we can practice our skills with fractions. But sometimes that flaky, gooey, tasty goodness just hits the spot.

Word Problem Wednesday: Math and Art

By Mathnasium | September 2, 2020

The world’s greatest sculptors, painters, and photographers depend on math to create their art. Not only do artists use elements of composition — such as geometry and proportions — to perfect their work, they also use math behind the scenes in the studio! This week’s word problems show a practical application of math in sketching, sculpting, photography and painting — exactly the kind of thing that every budding artist should learn and understand.

As Math Learning Gaps Threaten the “COVID Generation,” It’s Time to Act

By Joanne Helperin | August 14, 2020

When the global pandemic shuttered schools across the U.S. in March, the concept of the “COVID slide” became a new term in our vocabulary. It refers to a pattern of learning loss that typically happens over summer break, but more severe due to extended school closures. The COVID slide means that students may start the 2020-2021 school year substantially behind in their education and will continue to struggle this year — and potentially well beyond.

Students are struggling to catch up and keep up in math. Mathnasium’s Kickstart Program determines exactly which end-of-year concepts a student missed and addresses them with individualized learning plans.

Word Problem Wednesday: Math for Everyday Life

By Mathnasium | August 12, 2020

This week’s word problems are about math in everyday life! Read the introduction below with your child. Then, choose the word problem that’s the right skill level for them and have them give it a try. When they feel they’ve found the answer, visit the next page with them to check their solution against ours.

Introduction

Many different types of math problems come up in everyday life. They can be simple, like adding change or counting the hours until it’s time to meet up with friends. They can also be more complex, such as using geometry and scaling to draw pictures, or using algebra to earn money from home. Whichever way you find yourself using math every day, it is there to help make things easier and more manageable! Let’s practice solving an everyday math problem!