Since last summer, when COVID-19 was wrecking havoc in many communities throughout the country and kids weren’t their usual selves because of stay-at-home restrictions, Mathnasium in South Pasadena has been running a program that targets the critical math skills that students may have missed because of months of school shutdowns.
Those programs – conducted by able and compassionate teachers – will continue this summer to make sure your kids don’t let their math skills slip, or go the COVID Slide, as many in the education sector have begun calling it.
The COVID Slide describes a phenomenon when children, because of the sudden shift from classroom attendance to distance learning, begin to fall behind when it comes to some of the most important math skills that they should be learning.
To help your kids avoid the COVID Slide, Mathnasium in South Pasadena is running Summer Camp, eight weeks of summer math learning camp that includes an hour of movie time, an hour of fun math activities, and a Mathnasium hour – three hours of daily classes, Monday through Friday, that will be limited to only 14 students.
Mathnasium is actually a nationwide franchise, and Mathnasium South Pasadena is headed by Nathan Lee, Center Director.
“We’re a math Learning Center based in South Pasadena, kind of helping local students, either who are behind or want to get ahead, depending on their math goals. And we’re sort of trying to supplement their education as best as we can,” Lee said. “We help students K through 12. But I would say the majority of our students are usually somewhere between elementary and middle school.”
Lee said they have finalized the Summer Camp that starts on June 7.
“We currently have a promotion that if someone signs up before May 7th they will receive $200 off our four-week program,” Lee said. “We also currently offer a Free Assessment and Trial for anyone interested in our Math Program. The best way to set that up is to give us a call or email.”
Mathnasium uses a program called Connect Ed to conduct online classes. Connect Ed essentially puts students into individual breakout rooms, where the instructors go into and work with them on the curriculum.
“We plan to keep the online component forever, moving forward,” Lee said. “But we do recommend in person because that face-to-face is definitely what we think is most beneficial for students.”
With the South Pasadena Unified School District’s authority, Mathnasium has been able to do 50 percent of their math-only classes on-site, and 50 percent online. Before the pandemic, it was 100 percent in person.
Lee is optimistic that with more schools opening up, parents will feel more comfortable about bringing their students in for normal on-site classes.
Mathnasium South Pasadena is located at 1109 Fair Oaks Avenue.
For more information about Mathnasium’s Summer Camp, visit www.mathnasium.com/southpasadena or call (626) 532-7587.