Math Program PhilosophyMontgomery School District's K-4 Mathematics Curriculum is organized around five content clusters: Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Number in Base Ten, Fractions, Geometry, and Measurement & Data. All content clusters and the five process skills (problem solving, communication, connections, reasoning, &representation) are addressed in every grade level of the program, building a strong and balanced foundation. In addition, we have designed a facts mastery sequence to ensure that our students can fluently and accurately recall basic math facts when performing everyday computations or solving problems. Each grade level introduces problems to be solved and situations to be explored that extend students’ conceptual understandings and skills beyond traditional computation. The curriculum is grounded in the research of how students learn mathematics. We believe our curriculum will foster the development of our students' mathematical intuition and the overall mathematical literacy necessary to succeed in a global society.

Instructional designs include:

• High expectations for all students

• Dynamic real-world and cross curricular applications, including the use of technology

• Concrete modeling as a pathway to abstract understanding

• A problem-solving approach that develops critical thinking skills, strategy development, the application of concepts, and communication

• Frequent practice of basic skills through mathematical games

• An instructional approach that revisits topics in a variety of contexts to ensure full conceptual development and retention

• Collaborative learning in partner and small group activities

Montgomery’s math curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSI) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Standards. Therefore, it adequately prepares our students for the New Jersey Statewide Assessment Program. More importantly, however, the curriculum is designed to foster student growth and to develop students’ abilities and motivation to become life-long mathematical thinkers and problem solvers.