What is Fun Maths
Unique original methodology for extracurricular activities for children aged 4-8, aimed at developing critical thinking, confidence and a creative approach to dealing with different situations. Through an exploratory game approach, logical tasks and motor activities each child takes courageous steps towards a better future. Svetlana Goranova and Galya Pencheva kindled the first spark of the methodology in 2011 and over the seven years of its existence it has been enriched by a team of methodologists, teachers and designers of children’s materials drawing on their rich experience and daily work with children aged 4 and above. Through a creative, intriguing and effective approach children are put in the position of explorers, which produces a long-lasting effect of learning through experience. The activities stimulate children’s curiosity, encourage their creativity and make them confident in their own powers. These classes become a necessary addition to pre-school and school math education.
The methodology is divided into 4 modules:
Each module consists of 7 topics for each age group
One of the fundamental principles of teaching is learning through body movement. Since 2017 Fun Maths has been principal partner in the Maths in Motion KA2 Erasmus+ project.
Classes are held in groups of up to 12 children once a week, lasting from 50 minutes to 100 minutes, depending on age.
Each activity also includes thematic motor activities.
The group your child will be part of depends on when he or she will enter the first grade. If you hesitate, contact us by phone , so that we can direct you to the most appropriate group.
The main goal of the activities in the Fun Arithmetic module is the formation of a positive attitude towards the numbers and confidence in operating with them. The game approach and specially prepared teaching materials are used that are very attractive to children: a funny circle of numbers, Mr Plus and Mr Minus’s block, scales, and for older children: digital rebuses and puzzles, ancient mathematics, challenges that make students imperceptibly apply and practice their skills in basic mathematical operations.
The Fun Geometry activities serve to present and explore the basic geometric forms, as well as develop spatial thinking and orientation. Through games, creative tasks, and experiments, children discover geometric relationships and transformations, develop their power of observation, unleash their imagination, move from the plane into the three-dimensional space, make their own measurements of and discoveries about the outside world. In our work in this module we successfully apply the Open Geoboard geometric boards.
This module contains an extremely wide variety of logical tasks and conundrums that challenge children and make them look for non-standard solutions. The module includes tasks from the treasury of Bulgarian mathematical folklore, the history of mathematics, coding, two-dimensional and three-dimensional puzzles, paper transformations and many others. The activities are presented in a non-standard and intriguing form, such as a treasure hunt, puzzles or spy games. This approach captivates children and makes them meet math challenges with enthusiasm.
Maths in Nature and Art
This module provides a close look at the beauty of forms in nature and art, as well as at the relationship between mathematics and the surrounding world. Children will learn about the different types of symmetry, the Fibonacci numbers — an extraordinary sequence of numbers that “appears” in unexpected places in nature, the world of the bees and the way nature has found the optimal forms. Children will also explore vivid examples of mathematical art, such as Escher’s drawings and Penrose’s mosaics, and then create their own works that will incorporate concepts and ideas from mathematics.