We are excited to share that the 2nd edition of Breaking Numbers into Parts, an innovative LAMC curriculum for kindergarten and 1st grade, is now published and available on Amazon.com. As of now, Part 1 of the book is available. Part 2 is expected to be available early next year. Together, Parts 1 and 2 form a self-suﬃcient math enrichment course for a full academic year.
• The book uses a mathematical tool called Young diagrams to teach students breaking positive integers into parts in all the possible ways.
• The book uses the developed technique to prove commutativity of addition of natural numbers in an age-appropriate fashion. The book also explains why commutativity is such a big deal, in math and in real life.
• The book introduces numbers as points on the number line.
• The book introduces the concepts of digits and numbers, odd and even numbers, variables, operations (functions) and inverse operations, all in a way accessible to advanced kindergarten and 1st grade students.
• The second edition of the book is feedback-based. It contains many teaching tips, additional problems, solutions to most problems, as well as quizzes. Professional illustrations serve to enhance the content.
The book is currently used by the following programs:
1 Los Angeles Math Circle, a free Sunday math school for mathematically inclined children run by UCLA Department of Mathematics;
2 CalTech Math and Science Circle;
3 WorldSpeak School, an independent language immersion and math specialized elementary school on Westwood Blvd. not far from UCLA campus;
4 Creative Learning Place, an enrichment program catering to the needs of homeschooling families and charter schools, located on W. Olympic Blvd;
5 STEMM, an enrichment program specializing in math and robotics, located in Torrance.
Read our LAMC Newsletter - Spring 2018 Edition
Summer 2018 Update: LAMC's graduating seniors take flight!
Seven LAMC participants graduated from high school and are preparing to begin the college life in the fall. Pictured below are:
Murad Avliyakulov — attended math circle for 5 years; will attend Yale
Sutton Shin — attended math circle for 7 years; will attend UC Berkeley
Edan’el Fishbein — attended math circle for 7 years; will attend UC San Diego
Don Laackman (High School II group lead instructor) — taught math circle for 6 years; graduating with PhD in math from the department this year; will be Los Angeles Site Director and Program Coordinator for Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), a nonprofit organization that works to help underserved students enter advanced study of mathematics through summer and extracurricular programs.
Cy Gilman — attended math circle for 7 years; will attend Columbia University
Mason Hendrick - attended math circle for 4 years; will attend Loyola Marymount university
Maksym Schchepetkin attended math circle for 6 years; will attend UCLA
One of our seniors, Megan Joshi, (pictured below) could not be there for the graduation. She has been with the math circle for 6 years and will go to MIT.