Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00
With more vigorous educational standards being implemented in schools, parents and educators are always looking for fresh new ways to make sure students grasp hard concepts, which can be tough when kids only spend around 45 minutes in a classroom. Many schools have tutoring programs and teachers often hold extra help sessions, and now there’s an additional resource coming to the neighborhood, with the opening of Mathnasium, an after-school math program for children in grades 2 to 12.
“Children at Mathnasium quickly learn that math can be fun and interesting, as well as extraordinarily useful, both in terms of succeeding in school and for the valuable life skills it provides,” said Bernard Cerrone, owner of the Westbury
Mathnasium. “We are thrilled to be able to bring our method to the parents and children of Westbury and the surrounding communities.”
The center is located at 55 Post Avenue across from St. Brigid’s Church and will open Friday. Mathnasium operates on the belief that any child can become great at math. They use a unique program, called the Mathnasium Method, which provides each child a customized learning plan and personalized instruction.
The Mathnasium Method starts with an evaluation of how well the student understands key math concepts and identifies their weaknesses with respect to grade-level material. After the assessment, a specialized curriculum is built up for the child, with worksheets and coursework focused on their weak areas. Much of the curriculum builds on foundational concepts by using mental, verbal, visual, tactile, and written techniques.
Cerrone says the center gives students a stronger foundation of math, helping them to develop better mental math and number sense, so that they can master the subject.
“It’s unlike an experience they’re getting at school. It’s a fun atmosphere and children don’t realize the work they’re doing is graduating them and slowly bringing them up to have strength in a place where they originally had weakness,” says Cerrone.
Students can come to the center up to the ten times a month. Grades 2 through 5 go for 45 minute sessions, and those in middle and high school go for 90 minute sessions. And while results don’t happen overnight, Cerrone says that progress does happen and students soon see their grades improving not only in math, but other subjects as well.
“We’re seeing kids go from a fear of mathematics to a joy of mathematics because they can handle it and do it,” Cerrone says. “And then they’re doing better in every other subject because they have that self esteem.”
And much to the delight of parents and educators, the curriculum is aligned with Common Core Learning Standards.
“Unless a child knows their fractions or percentages they won’t perform — period. We give them the nuts and bolts of math and they can handle anything the Common Core throws at them,” Cerrone says.
For a month, elementary school sessions cost $216, middle school sessions $279, and high school $369. To find out more about the Mathnasium, call 516-338-6284 or visit www.mathnasium.com/westbury.