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My child goes to Chinese School every week and learning Chinese is just too hard.

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 4:25 AM

I could write a really long essay on this topic.There are so much to say about this that I have to cut this short. My daughter attended Chinese School from 1st to 2nd grade. In the first year, I was sitting in the classroom with her and this was my observation.

The Chinese School classroom was borrowed from the high school. It was roomy with big white boards and other teaching aids. However, there were not a lot of freedom for the teacher and students to make use of the teaching aids. They were concerned that students might move things around or broke something. It didn't cater to children of the elementary school age. This is a problem. But, it is not as big of a problem as what I am about to say.

When the teacher was teaching the kids on how to read and write Chinese characters, the teacher was unable to capture the attention of the students. The students had to sit for 2 hours and pretty soon they become as bored as they can be. These are all smart kids so they decided to make use of the time to finish their Chinese homework while they were sitting there. A lot of them can finish their homework way before the teacher finished the instruction. While working on the homework, they did it while they were being taught. They didn't need to remember or recall what they learned. They didn't have to do homework after they got home. So, for the rest of the week, they didn't need to practice what they learned in Chinese. Unless the parents can make sure the children practice during the week, the students have long forgot what they learned by the next time the class meet. Chinese was not burned in their long term memory like a language should.

Since there are little connections between the lessons in the textbook, the students can keep going to Chinese School and learning something new everyweek without having to remember what they were taught last week. So, the students could not really remember what they learned and the experience was not really rewarding, if not frustrating, for them. A lot of the students are good students in their schools and learning was fun in the regular school. They did not know why they were struggling with Chinese. Most of them concluded it's because Chinese is just too hard to remember. Actually, in my next blog, I can tell you why I disagree with this.

I ran into a lot of Chinese parents who will not "invest" in something their kids are not interested in. But, a lot of them think not going to Chinese School is not an option. So, they keep sending their kids to Chinese school even though they know the kids are not really learning. Chinese school is cheap so, even if the kids were not learning, there was no monetary loss.

Most kids do not know why they had to keep going to Chinese school even though they have long lost the interest. A lot of the Chinese parents insist that the kids go to Chinese school but do not know how to persuade their kids to learn Chinese. Since their kids are not doing well in Chinese, the parents are leery about spending the money on a daily afternoon Chinese program such as the one offered here at DMS. Most parents send their kids to DMS initially because they were just looking for a place to send their kids after school. A lot of them didn't realize how effective our program can be until the 1st summer vacation arrived and the family took a trip to China. When they came back, the parents told me how valuable was our program. They were so surprised how much their kids have learned from our program. I was not surprised because I watched how my own daughter enjoy learning Chinese and amazingly found herself capable of reading some Chinese books.

A quality program can not exist without parents' support. Once in a while a parent of DMS will talk to me wanting to keep this program going. Sometimes I think about how my daughter has grown up and too busy with everthing else in her high school life. What motivated me to keep this program going was the words from those parents who saw the effectiveness of this program. Gavin, a student with DMS for 3 years, had to move out of Davis, before he left, his Dad told us how he hoped to find a similar program at the place he's moving to, and that the closer to his departure date, the more appreciative he was to our program.

What is Math Squared?

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Math Squared is a new and innovative math program that empowers children by teaching fundamental math skills. Through our twice-a-week sessions using our unique curriculum, your child will come to understand foundational math concepts, sharpen their logic skills, and learn to look at problems from a new perspective. Math Squared is geared to foster a multitude of skills with particular concentration in the areas of: concept building, application and problem solving, computation speed and accuracy, and logic and geometric composition skills.

Who designed the program?

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 8:54 PM

The Math Squared program was established in 2000 in the Silicon Valley of California. A team of authors with backgrounds in engineering, psychology, education, and mathematics, collaboratively designed the curriculum and learning system.

What is so special about your program?

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Math Squared is uniquely designed to build a well-rounded skill set by equally addressing all four foundational areas of mathematics:

  1. Concept building
  2. Application and problem solving
  3. Computation speed and accuracy
  4. Logic and Geometric composition

Our self-paced, individualized program allows children to progress according to their ability. Students are periodically evaluated by experienced tutors and the program is tailored to fit each child’s specific needs. Our program incorporates colorful workbooks and fun manipulative tools that engage and stimulate children as they learn.

How is Math Squared different from other Math programs?

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Most other Math programs employ rote memory and repetitious practice systems. While these techniques are great at building computation speed and accuracy, they do not promote analytical thinking and many students find the work uninteresting. Additionally, many of the other programs available were developed in other countries. The English translations of these foreign programs can be confusing for students and they are often inconsistent with the Math curriculum taught in American schools. Math Squared, on the other hand, follows the requirements set out by the California Board of Education. Our colorful workbooks and fun manipulative tools engage children. Our well-rounded program not only teaches students how to compute math functions with speed and accuracy, it teaches students to understand the concepts behind these math functions. Math Squared also teaches children to think independently, builds spatial reasoning skills, and develops analytical skills.

How is Math Squared going to help my child?

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Students who struggle with math do so because they do not understand the foundational concepts behind math functions. Through fun and stimulating activities, students will learn the concepts they need, to first catch up to their grade level, and then excel beyond. Through the Math Squared program, your child will build self-confidence and learn to enjoy math. For those students who already excel in Math, our workbooks will challenge them to see old problems from a fresh perspective. Math Squared builds analytical and reasoning skills that school curriculums often fail to teach. Our program will allow advanced students to move ahead of their schoolmates and better prepare them for advanced math classes in junior high and high school. After about 3 months at Math Squared, most children see a general improvement in grades. Students develop observational, analytical, and independent learning skills that will benefit them in all areas of study.

How long is each session?

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Session length varies depending on the student’s level. Generally, sessions take about one hour. Once students become familiar with the format of our activities, they may be able to complete their work in as little as 30 minutes. Older students with more computation heavy workbooks may take longer.

What is the student-teacher ratio in your classes?

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 8:24 PM

Our maximum ratio is 7:1 for students who are familiar with our program. For new students, the ratio is no more than 5:1.

Why don't the workbook activities include instructions?

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 8:20 PM

At Math Squared, children will develop independence. By helping them to build the habit of “thinking before you ask,” students learn to critically analyze problems for themselves. This produces a number of results. First, the student will have a deeper understanding of the concepts because they arrive at a solution through their own logic. Second, the student will become more confident in their skills and break their reliance on direction from teachers. Third, the student will develop analytical skills that will benefit them in all areas of study.

Couldn't I purchase the materials and teach my children myself?

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 8:18 PM

The Math Squared workbooks are most effective when paired with our unique teaching method. Our certified instructors are trained to patiently guide students to the correct solution without giving explicit instructions. Math Squared instructors teach children to look at problems from multiple perspectives to ensure they fully understand the concepts. If you would like to become a certified instructor, please see the information on our Licensee Program under the “Business Opportunity” link on the homepage.

Will I be billed for missed classes?

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Math Squared is extremely flexible. In the case of a missed session, tuition is either prorated the following billing period, or the student may take home an extra workbook to get back on track. Billing can be suspended for prolonged vacations and will be resumed at no extra charge, upon your return.

Will my child be assigned homework?

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 8:10 PM

Yes. The student will complete the first 7 pages of their workbook in class and finish the last 7 pages for homework. The homework serves as a review of the concepts taught in the class work. Homework will be corrected by the instructor at the following session. Since the student can refer back to the class work pages if they have any questions, help from parents is not usually needed. However, we recommend that parents become involved in their child’s learning process by reviewing their work and communicating with the instructor through the comment box on the back of each book.

Up to what grade does Math Squared teach?

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Because the Math Squared program is individualized and self-paced, our levels do not correspond to grade levels. The most advanced workbooks in the program teach Algebra.

How do I get answers to additional questions?

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Please call 530-902-3128 or email [email protected] to make an appointment.  You can also click on Contact Us and submit your questions.  We will get back to you through the contact information you provided. 


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