Baden Academy’s math curriculum aligns to the Pennsylvania’s Common Core standards and is based on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s well-regarded Go Math program. This instructional material allows teachers to focus on the major work of each grade level and maintain coherency across all grades. Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) are used throughout the year to assess student progress, and all students in grades 3-6 take the annual Pennsylvania State Standards Assessment (PSSAs).
To help our students develop conceptual understanding and to ensure they engage with mathematical application, teachers regularly integrate the arts into their lessons. Learning about fractions while reading music, studying how artist M.C. Escher creates tessellations, or creating their own version of Piet Mondrian’s geometrical art gives our students important, tangible experience with mathematical concepts and allows them to make deeper connections with the material.
An article posted on WQED’s website For Parents says, “It’s easy to view art and math as completely separate subjects. Right brain vs. left brain. Creative vs. analytical. Right? But in fact, many of the core skills in art and math are closely related. Both disciplines require spatial reasoning skills and the ability to recognize patterns. Artists and mathematicians both use geometry in their work—including shapes, symmetry, proportion, and measurement. For this reason, among others, many educators have changed their focus from STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to STEAM, adding an ‘A’ for Art.”
Baden Academy definitely embraces the STEAM approach to learning, adding that "A" to help students learn math and science through meaningful, engaging lessons.