Update: Please note that Sunshine Math is distributed on Mondays and is due every Friday.
Lutz Prep welcomes you and your child to Sunshine Math, a program designed to enhance your child’s journey through mathematics. By expressing an interest in more challenging problem solving, your child has taken the first step toward becoming an independent learner which is able to address many types of problems.
Your child will receive a worksheet each Monday which will be discussed and collected on Friday. Each problem is ranked according to its level of difficulty. The more stars you see beside a problem, the higher the level of difficulty, and the more stars your child can earn for solving it.
Your role in Sunshine Math is to encourage and facilitate problem solving. During the week, allow time for your child to think about each problem. You may need to read the problem to your child explaining any new words encountered. Feel free to suggest a strategy for solving the problem, offer “counters” or manipulatives or listen as your child shares his or her thinking, but please do not give the answers. In order for the program to be effective, the thinking must be done by the students.
It is normal for a child to not be able to complete every problem on a worksheet. The process of reading, understanding and approaching the problems is a valuable step in solving many types of problems. Remind your child that she or he is not expected to know the answers to every problem.
Thank you for allowing your child the chance to embark on this mathematical adventure.