If you’re wondering what these four numbers represent, they stand for the last four telephone digits of most of the Fairfield County Mathnasium locations, with the numbers corresponding, not unsurprisingly, to the acronym “MATH” on the telephone keypad.
Mathnasium, a math learning center with locations spread across Connecticut, as well as throughout the U.S., Canada and overseas, was conceived more than 40 years ago, when math educator Larry Martinek was inspired to find a better way to teach children math, according to mathnasium.com, the company’s website. Larry set out on a mission to find an approach that would provide children with the strong foundation they needed to succeed.
Over the next three decades, he developed and assembled a blend of methods and materials. Instead of relying on traditional rote memorization and repetitive exercises, Larry’s work focused on helping children understand math by honing their math instincts and getting them to think like mathematicians, and his work evolved into a complete curriculum from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade math.
“The Mathnasium Method™ delivers a customized learning plan designed to address each student’s needs,” explains David Lubner, owner of Mathnasium franchises in Fairfield, Darien and Greenwich (there are also other area franchises in Trumbull, Danbury, Newtown and Rye, N.Y.). “Our instructional approach goes beyond traditional math tutoring to develop understanding and build a love for math.program targets mainly elementary, middle school and high school aged children yet welcomes anyone who either struggles with math or who would benefit math enrichment.” One of David’s student’s, for example, is a 60-something gentleman who was returning to college and wanted to brush up on his math skills.
The Mathnasium program focuses on visualization and teaching from the child’s point of view, rather than the adult’s, in an effort to make learning fun. The students work both independently and in a group setting with trained math instructors — approximately one teacher to every three or four students, according to David.
“We perform an assessment initially, identifying any gaps the child may have in his or her math skills, and then we develop an individualized learning plan for the child,” he explains.
The program is run similarly to a gymnasium membership, with parents paying for monthly “memberships” so the children can come in as often as they want to for the month.
Most locations offer after school and early evening hours, as well as Saturday afternoons.
“We don’t believe that children inherently hate math,” David concludes, “but rather they hate being frustrated and confused by it. It’s always gratifying to see a positive change in a child’s attitude and an increase in their confidence after they’ve progressed through our program.”
For more info, visit mathnasium.com or call 203-259-6284.