Elementary students must develop a solid foundation of basic arithmetic. This requires that they memorize math facts, master the mechanics of basic operations, understand how operations are related and be able to relate math to everyday life. Instruction must be presented in an open and engaging environment that encourages students to attempt challenging problems without the pressure of test scores or grades.
During class meetings students develop new skills and practice previously introduced skills through the use of games, activities, manipulatives and teacher-created material. Students are assigned daily homework which includes reading a comic-book style math textbook, worksheets and practice of math facts.
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