Polaris School and Centre has an Equal Balance
approach to Mathematics (as opposed to Traditional Math
, Discovery Math
[Show: About Equal Balance?]
These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Equal balance - 33%
Traditional math - 34%
Discovery math - 33%
What Polaris School and Centre says: Math classes are delivered by the main lesson teacher and utilize different activities especially in the lower grades that address the three main cognitive learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Through stories, artwork, movement, natural math manipulatives, and practical applications students at a Waldorf school experience math in a truly multi-sensory approach. As well, math work is reinforced in other classes like Handwork, Woodwork, Foreign Languages and Eurythmy. The students' math knowledge and understanding is deepened in the upper grades with increasing complexity, continued multisensory approaches
and scheduled skills classes to support ongoing skill development, fostering a deep mathematical understanding.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: Students make their own "textbooks", solidifying what they have learned, and making the experience meaningful and joyful, as well as serving as a tool for memorization. From grade six on, students are also presented with various sources of supplementary materials.
Calculator policy: Calculators are not used until later in middle school, often not until grade eight. until then the focus is on mental math and pen and paper math, ensuring arithmetic calculations and mathematical concepts have been deeply cemented before moving to a tool to aid in calculations.