## Why Golden Key Math CIRCLES?

### Emphasizing understanding, not memorization

We strive to teach our students that, contrary to what they’re often told in traditional math classes, the key to math is comprehension, not memorization. Consider this illustrative example: for a child who memorizes “math”, 3+5=8, 8-5=3 and 8-3=5 are three distinct facts to be remembered separately and difficult to derive if they are forgotten. A child who understands the connection between the numbers can easily figure out what 8-5 is when he knows what 5+3=8.

### Building critical thinking, problem-solving, logic and spatial reasoning skills

Building critical thinking, problem solving, logic and spacial reasoning skills requires continuous and thoughtful exposure to a variety of increasingly challenging mathematical questions. In our math circles, we move from the concrete to the abstract and help our students systematically develop invaluable skills, central to success in any STEM-related discipline and in academics in general.

### Exposing children to a broad range of topics not covered in school curriculum

Our students are introduced to fascinating and complex mathematical topics such as geometry of numbers, probability, functions, algebra and many others at an age-appropriate level. And yes – five-year-olds can understand the concept of a function, solve an equation, or recognize the net of a cube! We love seeing the children's faces light up in excitement of discovery.

### Interactive, engaging learning environment with unique games/manipulatives

In our math circles, we don’t do many drills or plow through piles of worksheets. Instead, we crack logic puzzles, construct cool patterns with stickers and beads, hide in the function machine, create symmetrical butterflies, build with blocks, have dice competitions and play games.

### Small groups where every child gets individual attention

Our student to teacher ratios are very small so we are able to make sure that every child is following along and understanding the material. Students are given plenty of opportunities to work independently, but are well-supported when they get stuck and need help.