No More Math Camps--Sorry!
Why Math Camp?
Last summer we had many math students say, "I didn't know math camp
could be so much fun!" Yes! We do math! Yes! We do some fun math! Yes! We do a lot of
other fun stuff as well! We work with those who love math and those who hate math! And,
yes, we get excited & celebrate success!
Do all kids need to labor through 6
weeks of summer school,...behind that same desk?
How about a fun & educational Summer Camp,...getting excited,... learning?
Motivating kids in a
Continue to think the
way we've always thought and we'll continue to get what we've always got. Numerous studies
show that, just like reading, there is a loss of skill in math over the summer months. It
is much easier to read over the summer than to do math. Our children do math better when
they do conscientious mathematics frequently and continuously. Our summer math programs
provide enough conscientious math experience to better link spring development to fall
We have found
that our students concentrate on math well for about 75 minutes with the right motivation.
We do a lot of fun things between these 75 minute intervals and pretty soon most students
cannot separate the math from the fun! We stay away from desks and chairs as the students
get enough of this during the school year. We study on bean bags, on the carpet, and at
Our hope is to provide
enough motivation and experience to enhance success in school math classes and on various
state examinations. We have students working at all levels: General Math, Pre-Algebra,
Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Calculus.
Counselor: Jaclyn Hyler
Cindy & Josh
On the beach at the
Are Parents/Students Aware?
1. Students can
learn math in a camping environment where they get to BBQ, swim, have fun, and develop
relationships: (In many schools
students become bored within the same 4 walls, where movement is prohibited and
relationships limited. At Pi Ranch we build relationships, have fun, and learn in a
beautiful relaxed camping atmosphere. We have over $12,000 in computer software alone, and
we work with students in basic math, prealgebra, algebra, advanced algebra, geometry,
trigonometry, precalculus, & calculus.)
2. Math may prohibit
many California students from graduating:
(In California students must now pass an Algebra course and the High School Exit Exam
which includes some tough algebra before they can earn their high school diplomas. (Starts with 2004 graduates.) At Pi Ranch we intend
to help as many students as possible! We take students right where they are and move
3. Immediate feedback for every
(Most math classes in school do not provide immediate feedback on each problem in every
exercise and on every test. At Pi Ranch we are able to give immediate feedback with every
problem on all lessons and tests. Students learn from their mistakes here because they are
made aware of each mistake and with help they conscientiously correct their mistakes.)
4. In math the children of middle class
and rich lose about the same as the children of the poor over the summer months:
(Statistically, the children of poor parents have a greater loss in reading skills over
the summer months. The children of the rich and middle class seem to travel more, read
more, and visit museums, etc. There seems to be an equal loss in math skills over the
summer for the rich and the poor. Very few students are rushing off to do their
multiplication tables or solve quadratic equations. Our Summer Math Camps at Pi Ranch
provide a refresher/continuum between spring/fall math courses.)
5. Algebra is the gateway course for
upper math, science, & technology:
(Algebra is to math, science, & technology what the alphabet is to reading &
writing. A student coming out of high school with a strong math background can major in
just about any college field. A student with a weak math background is limited. At Pi
Ranch we strengthen math skills.)
6. Continuous review of concepts in
math is basic:
(Repetition is the "mother of learning"! Yes, repetition is the "mother of
learning"! Most math classes are not able to provide the type of repetition that
leads to "mastery" of a concept. At Pi Ranch we are able to creatively provide
repetition without boredom. Math skills, like athletic skills are learned, maintained, and
fine-tuned through continual conscientious practice.)
Are Athletes Aware?
1. Athletes need to be prepared as
diplomas and scholarships will be affected:
(At Pi Ranch we strengthen math skills and more. We offer athletic training every morning
during our Math Camps. Improve your workout routine, strength and academic skills while
you are here!)
2. On a scale from 1-10, our children
need to be encouraged to be elevens:
(All glory comes from daring to begin! Dare to be an eleven academically,
athletically, and socially. Continue to think the way youve always thought and
youll continue to get what youve always got. At Pi Ranch we are changing
develop strong math skills and get excited about learning.
develop test-taking skills/strategies for various high school exit exams, etc.
determine/develop student readiness to proceed to advanced math/science courses.
encourage/promote/support all student learning.
instill in each kid a true "Passion for Learning"!
have an intense/enjoyable/memorable seven days at Pi Ranch for Kids.
Results/Results/Results using state of the art diagnostic testing!
Seven days of fun and learning!
provide a refresher/continuum between spring/fall math courses.
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Pi Ranch on the Beautiful East Fork of the Russian River!