# WHY

## Develop creativity and ingenuity towards problem solving.

ThinkForFun problems are geared to stimulate the creativity and ingenuity in students. The problems are carefully selected from many sources such as MATHCOUNTS, Math Olympiads, AIME … and new problems have been created to meet such standards.

## Develop the ability to breakdown a complex mathematical problem into multiple steps to get to the solution

ThinkForFun encourages students right from first grade to write steps to problems. This exposes the students to break down the problem to get to the proper answer. ThinkForFun will focus in the problem solving steps that take you to the answer; just an answer without the procedure will not get any credit.

## Excel without feeling the hard work behind it

ThinkForFun homework are designed to be engaging and challenging to their students. The students are helped by staff to break down the problem as required and are guided when needed to get tot he final answer. The homework are graded by TFF staff and students are rewared for their work using TFF\$. The students enjoy using the TFF\$ to buy various goodies for themselves, their siblings and parents at the TFF store.

Our students are encouraged to explain solutions to class unit and homework problems in the board. They are asked to criticize and improve solutions to problems by their peers. This develops their ability to share and think differently. Students are always encouraged to find the shortest way to solve a problem.

## Learn to work as a team towards common goals

Our students eagerly look forward to our lab time. One of their favorite games is the TFF Math Jeopardy. The students work as a team to solve the problems and compete with other teams at TFF. When parents walk in during a jeopardy game they get ammuzed at how much fun kids are having, while doing math!

## Develop and strengthen mathematical intuition

Our students play a variety of games in the lab that are designed to reinforce the concepts taught in class. This enables them to master their math skills in a fun way.

## Develop skills to analyze relationships, patterns and number properties

In addition to word problems, our class unit and homework booklets contain mechanical pages that focus on number properties and patterns.

## Master all sorts of operations on different kinds of numbers

We realize the importance of mechanical operations and we ensure that our younger students work on mechanical operation pages during the lab time. They are rewarded with TFF\$ for speed and accuracy in completing the operations