Introductory Elementary Math

10:00am-11:30am Mondays     Ages 8-10

We’ll use manipulatives, puzzles, games and word problems to make math come alive! Our focus will be on making math make sense and developing intuition for numbers and other abstract ideas. For this age group, the class will focus on place value, the four operations, fractions, and geometry, approaching these topics concretely and visually in order to enable children to form concrete conceptual models of them. 

As enrichment, we will gently explore ideas that will serve children in their later mathematical studies. Possible topics include an introduction to algebra, the binary system, negative numbers and combinatorics. 

Teacher: Olena Blumberg

Olena has been interested in mathematics and problem solving from a very young age. She has a gold and silver medal from the International Mathematical Olympiad and a Ph.D in mathematics from Stanford University. She’s always loved teaching and currently teaches online classes for advanced high school students through Art of Problem Solving. She’s passionate about mathematical education and is looking forward to bringing that enthusiasm to Different Directions! 

Please pay in advance of the second class. $50 non-refundable deposit per child, per term. This is to be approached as a year-long class.


Fall 2019: $350 14 days

Sept. 9th,16th,23rd Oct. 7th,14th (Field Trip) 21st (Field Trip),28th Nov 4th,11th,18th,25th Dec 2nd,9th,16th

No Classes Sept. 30th Rosh Hashana

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Winter 2020: $250 10 Days

Jan 6th, 13th , 27th Feb 3rd, 10th, 24th March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

No class Jan. 20th MLK Day and Feb 17th Winter Break


Spring 2020: $225 9 Days

March 30th April 6th, 20th, 27th May 4th, 11th, 18th, June 1st, 8th

No Class April 13th (Spring Break) May 25th Memorial Day