## Saturday Math Programs

COVID-19 NOTICE: April 24, 2020. In an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19, U of T has suspended all in-person classes and recommended cancelling all discretionary events until further notice. As such, Math Plus programs have been moved online until further notice. Please refer to the page Online Courses for more details.

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Saturday Math Clubs

Math Contest Clubs

High School Math help

## Saturday Math Clubs

During the school year, we offer Saturday Math Classes for students in Grades 2 - 8 and high school students in Grades 9 - 12.

- Math FUNdamentals Club (Grade 2) is a section of Saturday Math Club designed especially for Grade 2s. Grade two is when math learning begins in earnest in the Ontario curriculum. This class will teach some of the most fundamental concepts in the grade two math curriculum to help students lay a strong foundation for the next school years and a lifetime of mathematical thinking. Campers will learn and practice math concepts through a combination of worksheets and hands-on activities, stories, songs, crafts, and games. This class will balance math content with other subjects and activities as developmentally appropriate.
- Spring Saturday Math Club (Grade 3 - 4, Grade 5 - 6, Grade 7 - 8) program is designed to give students greater exposure to the subject of mathematics through interesting topics and activities. Once registered, you will be given a link to a short diagnostic quiz that will allow program staff to create two sections of the club based on skill level. You will be notified by email whether your child has been placed in the Inspiring Minds section or the Enriching Minds section.

### A Note on Course Selection

Parents need only to register their child for the appropriate grade level. A short diagnostic quiz completed online prior to the start of the program will allow program staff to place your child into the appropriate section (Inspiring or Enriching).

### Schedule

Our next program will run from 10:00 AM to 13:00 PM for 8 sessions on Saturdays, from April 18 to June 20, 2020. The exact dates are April 18, April 25, May 9, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, and June 20.

### Cost

The cost of the program is $339 for the 8 weeks.

### Location

All sessions will take place at the downtown campus of the University of Toronto.

Exact location details will be sent to registered participants prior to the start of the first class.

To register for Spring Saturday Math Clubs you must create an account on our registration system by clicking the button below. Registration will be open on Saturday, February 8 2020.

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## Math Contest Clubs

Math Contest Club provides preparation for students interested in writing math contests such as the Math Kangaroo Contest (Gr. 1 – 12), the various University of Waterloo Contests (Gr. 7 – 12), the American Math Competitions (Gr. 8, 10, and 12), and the Canadian Open Math Challenge. Instruction will be geared towards the most popular contests for each grade level, which are listed below next to the course sections. The Math Contest Clubs differ from the Fall and Spring Math Clubs in that the emphasis is on pencil-and-paper math rather than hands-on activities. Students will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills before most of the contests are written in the second half of the school year.

One class section per grade range below will be offered, subject to change based on enrollment:

- Grades 1 - 2 (relevant contest: Math Kangaroo)
- Grades 3 - 4 (relevant contests: Math Kangaroo, Caribou Contest)
- Grades 5 - 6 (relevant contests: Math Kangaroo, Caribou Contest)
- Grades 7 - 8 (relevant contests: Gauss 7/8, AMC 8, and Math Kangaroo 7/8)
- Grades 9 - 10 (relevant contests: Pascal, Cayley, Fryer, Galois, AMC10, COMC, Math Kangaroo 9/10 )
- Grades 11 - 12 (relevant contests: Fermat, Hypatia, Euclid, AMC12, COMC, Math Kangaroo 11/12)

WHAT DO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN DO IN A MATH CONTEST CLUB?

For students in grades 1 – 6, instruction will focus on questions typical of the Math Kangaroo Contest, which aims to teach elementary school children the fundaments of problem solving in fun and age-appropriate ways. Questions for younger children tend to have a visual component and build skills in logic and spatial reasoning. This helps to start to build the habits of mind needed for problem solving in general and geometry and algebra problems in particular, in later years. If you're not familiar with Math Kangaroo questions, we strongly recommend looking at the free samples of past Math Kangaroo contests for each grade level here. These samples give a good indication of what type of problem solving will be covered in the Clubs for children in grades 1 - 6. If you think your child's mathematical ability may be better suited to the class one level up, these samples will help you assess that. Samples of past Caribou Contests are available here.

Whether or not students in grade 1 – 6 choose to write the Math Kangaroo Contest, the Winter Math Contest Club will provide additional exposure to mathematical problem solving and logical thinking in a fun atmosphere with kids and instructors who enjoy doing math.

WHAT DO INTERMEDIATE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DO IN A MATH CONTEST CLUB?Many math contests are now available to intermediate and high school students. The math problems in these contests tend to be approached in a way that isn’t typical of the way math is approached in school. The Winter Contest Club will help students to hone their skills in quickly assessing how to solve a problem by recognizing its type. Areas of math to be covered will include geometry, algebra, probability, systems of equations, optimization problems, series and sequences, among others. Students will have the opportunity to work with instructors and other youth who share their passion for math and their interest in solving contest-style problems.

#### Registration for the Fall Math Contest Clubs for Grade 1-12 is now open.

**Fall 2021**

To register for any of these classes you must create an account on our registration system by clicking the button below.

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## High School Math Help

High School Math Help allows students a two-hour block of quiet personal study time away from the distractions of home to complete math homework, practise for tests, or review graded tests with a team of skilled instructors, upper-year undergraduates from the Department of Mathematics. This is an informal classroom setting. Instructors circulate around the room answering questions as students raise their hands. This program is particularly useful in allowing students to complete their homework without running stuck, as they can receive just-in-time assistance. This program is most suitable for students who could benefit from some consultation with an instructor but do not need a private tutor.

### Schedule

Our next program will run from Saturday, January 11 to Saturday, March 7, 2020. Online registration will open on November 4.

Sessions will start at 1:30 PM and go until 3:30 PM.

### Cost

The cost of the program is $225 for the eight Saturdays.

### Location

All sessions will take place at the downtown campus of the University of Toronto

Exact location details will be sent to registered participants prior to the start of the first class

To register for any of these classes you must create an account on our registration system by clicking the button below.