eTutor’s curriculum calls for the quick recall of basic facts by children at the end of third grade. Learning of these skills is done best by teaching students about numbers in relation to everyday life activities and not exclusively by rote drills and memorization. Their math horizons are expanding to include problem-solving skills, ratio and proportions, algebra, geometry, measurement, data collection, analysis and estimation. eTutor challenges students to balance a strong knowledge of basic skills with the ability to solve day-to-day math problems with confidence.
It is appropriate for students to struggle once in a while with math problems. This helps them learn from mistakes, practice persistence and accept challenges.
Numbers and operations on numbers play fundamental roles in helping us make sense of the world around us. Operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as the ability to find powers and roots, extend the notion of numbers to create tools to model situations and solve problems in our everyday lives. Discussing and solving problems related to budgets, comparing prices on merchandise, understanding the nature of interest charges, measuring fuel consumption and calculating the trajectory for space travel would all be impossible without a sense of numbers and numerical operations. All people must develop this sense of numbers and operations and be able to use it to solve problems using mental computation, paper-and-pencil algorithms, calculators and computers. (from eTutor Goals for Mathematics)