What is the required level for incoming children?
Each set of problems that we will be solving is split into 3 categories: easy, medium, difficult. Therefore, everyone will be able to solve at least some of the problems every time. Kangaroo problems are mostly logical, and they do not require any specific method. This being said, we will not repeat what is being taught in class. Our teaching will focus on the ability to solve real-world problems.
What will you be teaching?
We will be using the last 25 years of Kangaroo tests, for the 3-4 grade level. Each test is split into 3 categories: easy, medium, difficult (3,4, and 5 point problems). A demo set of what these problems look like can be found here.
My child is fairly advanced, can I register her/him in a higher class?
We do not advise you to register your child in a higher class. You should only do that if you have already been preparing for Kangaroo Math for at least two years, and you know exactly what you are dealing with. Generally, we have to move children 1 (or even 2) years lower, so they can cope with the level of complexity involved. We also test children at the beginning of the year, so we know their level as they join the class. You can always switch to a class higher if you think your child is insufficiently challenged in the first month. This being said, the problems are super fun, and the children will enjoy them tremendously.
Can I switch classes (lower or higher) after school starts?
Yes, you absolutely can. Keep in mind we test your child at the beginning of the year, so you will get a fairly good idea of where he or she stands. At the end of the year, every child should pass through the Kangaroo Math international test, so you will get another assessment of your child's ability. Historically, we have had very good results in our class, several children scoring in the top 20 scores in their state.
Will you test children and let us know the results?
Yes, we will test all children in grades 3 and up at the beginning of the year. At the end of the year, every child is expected to register and pass the Kangaroo Math international competition, so you will get a result for your child.
Can I join the classes ONLINE?
Some teachers are not in Chicago, so some classes will only be taught online. For the teachers that are in Chicago, we are getting ready to teach in HYBRID mode this year, so anyone will be able to join both in-person and online, via zoom. Obviously, the preferred way to teach the children is in-person. In our experience, we are able to teach the same material more than twice as fast when we work in person.
Will I be able to leave my children at the center and pick them up later?
Yes, you will be able to leave the children at the center. There is a conference room you will be able to use if you wish to wait. Otherwise, you can pick them up at the end of the class.
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