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Philosophy

ThinkForFun is a one stop solution to develop analytical problem solving skills while mastering accuracy and speed at the same time.

We believe in making learning enjoyable by grouping students with similar capabilities and having them explore and solve the problems presented to them with proper guidance. The goal is to make the students understand the various applications of mathematical operations. Interactive and peer learning is the key for students to have fun while learning.

Only practice will help children master the concepts learned. We believe in weekly homework, that we will correct focusing on the steps used to solve a problem. Though getting to the right answer is the goal, the procedure to get there is as important.

Kids love to play, so why not play while doing math? Lets have them ThinkForFun! ThinkForFun currently serves students from Southern NH and Northern MA. Amherst, Hollis, Hudson, Merrimack, Nashua, Wyndham, Acton, Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell and Westford are some of the towns where our students come from.

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TESTIMONIALS

"We have been a TFF family for the last 3 years. My kids were no wizards in Math when they started. But today they can solve even tricky word problems all by themselves. This is a testament to the fact that with the TFF program, any kid with a desire can excel in Math with reasonable effort, not just those born with a special talent or those willing to put in hours together each day.

TFF really makes your kids think rather than memorizing the steps by rote. It is so rewarding to experience the gradual transformation that takes place in your kids!

They are exposed to such diverse set of hand-picked problems every week that simply reflect the deep passion of the founders and is seldom found in standard Math programs out there.

Our heartfelt thanks to TFF and as always looking forward to another exciting year!"

"Our children have been attending TFF for 2 years now. We had never thought about spending money in a math enrichment program, but TFF makes it so appealing and enjoyable to the children and offers them a complete Math education, that goes beyond Math. There is no way we could have offered this level of enrichment on our own at home. Our children enjoy the TFF classes, their lab activities, and as parents we can't ask for more. The group learning experience, the rewards, and their approach in teaching kids to think out of the box is remarkable. Our children now know that mathematics is a lot more than crunching numbers.

Our children have never missed a TFF class, they are always eager to go, and it is hard to make them leave if they are doing Lab activities. We feel fortunate to have TFF in Nashua."

"I am truly impressed with the approach, content and faculty of ThinkForFun. TFF is one of a kind, effective way to teach mathematics and have fun at the same time. ThinkForFun (TFF) is not for everyone. Following is the set if people who should NOT send kids to TFF:

1. If you DON'T want your kids to have conceptual clarity about mathematics.

2. If you DON'T want your kids to learn mathematics by APPLYING the concepts."

For the rest, its obvious.

"My daughter started going to ThinkForFun when it first started and I have seen her getting better with each year. Although she has always been a good student academically, but coming to TFF has cleared her basic concepts very well. The curriculum and the homework questions are very well designed and graded by the TFF team. The staff of TFF is very knowledgable, helpful, professional. Their feedback mechanism is very fast and efficient and they take extra effort and pain to make sure the kids are able to learn and grow."

"My daughter is in Epsilon in ThinkForFun. She loves to go there for math lectures and activity time. We are very happy with the standards of the material in class and home work which covers all kinds of math and for competitive purposes too. With the help of Think for fun, we came to know what skills she is good at and where she needs to improve. We are very thankful to the founder and the teachers of ThinkForFun and we really appreciate their hard work.

Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to write about ThinkForFun."

"My daughter did KUMON for sometime and hated it; it was so repetitive, no personal attention, no teaching, and moreover no challenge. Same pages were repeated again and again. I thought she was alright in KUMON, they are giving her the practice she needs. Only after discovering TFF, my husband and I came to realize the time and money we wasted. The TFF program is well thought through, real challenging that sometimes even I don't know how to help my child, and well rounded in Mathematics. There is no topic they don't address, they make it simple and grow the complexity gradually.

After 2 years at TFF I can tell that my child approaches word problems better than I do. Without knowing Algebra, without knowing much complex mathematics, she is able to solve the problems logically using the methods discussed in class. TFF rarely repeats a problem, their weekly homework booklet is a great source of enrichment, and my daughter loves working on it. If she gets stuck, she prefers to go to TFF for help than ask me. We love the way they she teach using many different activities and real life examples and games to get the children to develop interest and curiosity in problem solving."

"My daughter went to RSM for almost one year while she was in 1st grade but I didn't feel she learned much. What drew me to TFF was the type of problems, the innovative way to teach the kids to think fast and the way the material is organized. The environment is friendly and the math games bring some fun to the learning. Oh, I don't want to forget the TFF $ which are a good motivator and teaching tool for the kids. I enjoy the staff, their attention to each child and their flexibility in adjusting to feedback. I am sure things will only get better with experience and constructive feedback. "

"Our two sons began taking classes at ThinkForFun last September. Since then, not only have their math grades improved, but also their confidence in the subject has increased significantly. It is rewarding to see how they are learning new ways to analyze real life problems and how fast they are finding solutions to them. In addition, computations have become second nature to them. The ThinkForFun staff is very pleasant and knowledgeable. Their lectures and activity time are very dynamic and fun. Thank you, ThinkForFun staff for the difference you have made in our kids lives."

SUCCESS STORIES

Students get on the honor roll of their school within 6 months of enrollment at ThinkForFun.

Students who have been with ThinkForFun for at least a year get into acceleration programs in their schools.

ThinkForFun student part of the MATHCOUNTS NH State Championship team (2013).

ThinkForFun student comes 1st in New Hampshire in Level 2 North South Foundation Math Bee (2013).

ThinkForFun students come 1st in MathOylmpiads and 1st/2nd in Continental Math organized in their schools (2013).

ThinkForFun student rank 1st in the Math Olympiads conducted at Bicentennial Elementary School (2012).

Five out of the 10 students in the Fairgrounds MATHCOUNTS team were TFF students (2014).

Fairgrounds MATHCOUNTS team placed second in the Chapter test. Three of the four team members were TFF students (2014).

Four TFF students ranked in the top 15 in the MATHCOUNTS chapter test. (2014)

Three TFF students ranked in the top 15 in the NH MATHCOUNTS state test. (2014)

TFF students doing 2 years math ahead in school.

Students come to TFF because they enjoy coming and they ask parents to enroll them after hearing from friends!

TFF students in 6th and 7th grade ranked in the top 1% in the country in AMC8. (2013, 2014)

Alpha is the beginning step for our young children who are ready to explore and have fun with numbers! Alpha meets once a week for 75 minutes. This level introduces children to mathematics in a fun filled way. In this level, students will be taught single-digit addition / subtraction. We will start by getting the children comfortable counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, and then understand addition and subtraction while playing with blocks and other toys. We will be introducing them to simple word problems, which a child still learning to read will be able to solve.

They will learn about the clock, calendar, simple measurement and overall will get exposed to various logical puzzles and challenges.

Like our other levels, students will get a weekly homework and have classbooks to work on during class time. The focus in this level will be more visual and game like with clear goals. At the end of the level, these students should be able to complete 75 additions/subtractions in 5 minutes. They will learn the concept of place value, and will also familiarize themselves with geometric shapes.

The students will solve around 200 word problems in the school year.

Operations

  • Single digit additions and subtractions with pictures which will to then evolve to digits.
  • Goal: 75 single digit operations in 5 mins.

Time

  • Read time on an analog clock.
  • Add/subtract 5/10/20/30 minutes

Calendar

  • Days in a year, months in a year.
  • Number of days in every month. Number of days in a week.

Money

  • Value of a penny, nickel, dime and quarter.

Numbers

  • Even and odd numbers.
  • Place Value until thousands.
  • Count by 2s, 5s, 10s, and 100s.
  • Comparison of numbers up to 1,000.

Measurement

  • Basic concepts about length and weight.
  • Number of inches in a foot.
  • Number of ounces in a pound.

Geometry

  • Different polygon shapes.

200+ Word Problems

  • Problems that involve additions/subtractions.
  • Problems involving time/calendar.
  • Problems that use properties of numbers and/or place value.
  • Problems involving money.

SAMPLE PROBLEMS

Alex went to his friend's house on Thursday. He will go again in 3 days. What day will that be?

You take the elevator on floor 5, go up 2 floors, come down 1 floor, and get down. On which floor did you get down?

Every time Juliana rings the bell, her brother rings the bell twice. If Juliana rang the bell 2 times, how many times did her brother ring the bell?

A bicycle has 2 wheels. If there are 3 bicycles in my house, how many wheels are there?

Jason counted a total of 11 sheep and cows in the farm. If there are 8 cows, how many sheep are there?

Jacob has 2 toy cars. Alex has 2 more toy cars than Jacob. How many toys cars do they have in all?

Greg went to the store with 3 quarters. He bought a candy for 50 cents. How much money does he have left?

The number that I am thinking of is 10 less than 100. What number am I thinking of?

Write all 2-digit numbers with digits that add up to 4.

In this level, students will start to master single-digit additions and subtractions, and will learn to do 2-digit additions with carry over and 2-digit subtractions with borrowing.

Students will be able to solve simple problems that involve money, date, time, temperature, weight and length. They will also be able to identify and apply addition and subtraction to solve analytical problems. They will be comfortable with place value and geometric shapes. Picture algebra will be introduced.

Students will be exposed to select Continental Math problems. They will be solving over 500 word problems in the school year.

Operations

  • Master single digit additions, subtractions.
  • Goal: 100 single digit operations in 5 mins.
  • Two digit additions with carry over.
  • Two digit subtraction with borrowing.

Time

  • Read time on an analog clock.
  • Operations with times, add/subtract hours and minutes from a given time.

Calendar

  • Days in a year, months in a year, concept of leap year.
  • Number of days in every month. Number of days in a week.
  • Operations with days of the weeks and dates.

Money

  • Value of a penny, nickel, dime and quarter.
  • Add/subtract money.

Numbers

  • Even and odd numbers.
  • Place Value until thousands.
  • Count by 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 25s and 100s.
  • Comparison of numbers up to 1000.

Measurement

  • Basic concepts about length, weight and temperature.
  • Number of inches in a foot.
  • Number of ounces in a pound.

Geometry

  • Basic concepts about line segments, lines and polygons.
  • Different polygon shapes.

Tally Charts

  • Use tally charts to solve problems.

Picture Algebra

  • Introduce algebra using pictures.

500+ Word Problems

  • Problems that involve multiple steps of additions/subtractions.
  • Problems involving time/calendar.
  • Problems that require operations with measurement.
  • Problems that use properties of numbers and/or place value.
  • Problems involving operations with money.

SAMPLE PROBLEMS

Don's piano lesson is at 5:30pm. If it takes him 20 minutes to drive there, when does he need to leave to make it exactly on time?

You take the elevator on floor 5, go up 3 floors, come down 4 floors, and get down. On which floor did you get down?

Every time Juliana rings the bell, her brother rings the bell twice. If Juliana rang the bell 3 times, how many times was the bell rang in all?

There are 3 cars in the parking lot, and there are 4 people in each car. How many people are there all together?

Jake is going to California in 5 months. If last month was December, when is he going to California?

Damian counts all the trees and signs he sees on the way to the ski resort. He counted a total of 97 trees and signs. If there were 75 trees, how many signs were there?

Jason has 2 erasers. Jonathan has 2 erasers more than Jason, and Ken has 2 erasers more than Jonathan. If Susan has 3 erasers less than Ken, who has the most number of erasers?

Greg went to the store with 3 quarters and 3 dimes. He bought a candy for 95 cents. How much money does he have left?

Write all numbers from 100 to 300 that have 5 in the ten's place

Write all 2-digit numbers with digits that add up to 9

Students will be able to do 2-digit additions and subtractions, single digit multiplications and divisions in their mind. They will be able to solve multi step problems that involve money, date, time and measurement. They will also solve multi step problems that can have any combination of operations.

Students will be able to identify and complete number/geometric patterns and calculate the perimeter of simple geometric shapes. They will solve two variable picture algebra. They will be comfortable doing data analysis using tally charts and bar/line graphs.

Students will be solving a wide range of Continental Math problems. They will be solving over 500 word problems in the school year. We will be focusing on how to write steps to solve a problems, and teaching the students to work neatly which is a big challenge at this age!

Operations

  • Master single digit additions, subtractions.
  • Goal: 100 single digit operations in 3 mins.
  • Single digit multiplication and division.
  • Goal: 100 operations in 5 minutes.
  • Practice multiple-digit additions with carryover.
  • Practice multiple-digit subtractions with borrowing.
  • Two-digit by single-digit multiplication.

Time

  • Continue to practice reading time in an analog clock.
  • Operations with time, add/subtract hours and minutes from a given time.
  • Introduce military time, and its usage to add/subtract time.

Calendar

  • Days in a year, months in a year, concept of leap year.
  • Number of days in every month. Number of days in a week.
  • Operations with days of the week and dates.

Money

  • Add/subtract money.
  • Give an amount use the least number of coins to represent it.

Numbers

  • Even and odd numbers.
  • Place Value until 10 million.
  • Comparison of large numbers.
  • Learn properties of adding odd/even numbers.
  • Add/subtract tens and hundreds quickly.
  • Round numbers to 10s and 100s.
  • Introduce concept of multiples of a number.

Measurement

  • Review length, weight and temperature.
  • Number of inches in a foot.
  • Number of feet in a yard.
  • Number of ounces in a pound.
  • Analytical problems involving these concepts and conversions.

Geometry

  • Point, line, line segment, ray, regular polygons.
  • Perimeter.

Data Analysis

  • Use tally charts/line graphs/bar graphs to analyze data.

Linear equations

  • Start algebra using pictures.
  • Then change pictures into letters and have the kids explore and guess the value of the variable.

Fractions

  • Introduce the concept of fractions.
  • Identify the fraction given a shaded picture.
  • Color the given fraction in the picture.
  • Notion of equivalent fractions will be discussed.

500+ Word Problems

  • Problems that involve multiple steps of additions/subtractions/multiplications/divisions.
  • Problems involving time/calendar.
  • Problems that require operations with measurement.
  • Problems that use properties of numbers and/or place value.
  • Problems involving operations with money.

SAMPLE PROBLEMS

Jason started watching a movie at 15:30 hrs. The movie lasted for 1 hour 30 minutes. At what time did the movie end? Give time in 12 hr clock, and indicate am/pm.

Gina starts reading a story book on Sunday. She reads 4 pages on Sunday, and every day she reads two more pages than the previous day. If she finished reading the book on Friday (6 days later), how many pages did she read?

The width of Frank's bedroom is 5 yards, and the length is 10ft. What is the perimeter of Frank's bedroom in feet?

Susan bought 9 asian pears for $2 each, and 8 pomegranates for $3 each. How much did Susan spend altogether?

Taylor is 2ft 4in shorter than his dad who is 6ft 1in tall. How tall is Taylor?

Doughnuts are packed 8 to the box. A baker has 3 dozen sugar doughnuts, 2 and a half dozen whole wheat doughnuts and 16 plain doughnuts. How many FULL boxes of doughnuts can be packed? ( There are 12 doughnuts in a dozen.)

Mr. Downing was a Navy Seal. He found a picture of the men from his team. The men are in 5 rows. There are 8 men in each row. There are 2 more men in the front. How many men are in the picture?

There are 4 girls who play ping-pong after school. Each girl played exactly 3 games of ping-pong with each of the other girls. How many games of ping-pong were played altogether?

In this level, students will master multiple digit additions, subtractions and multiplications. They will learn single-digit long division. Students will understand what fractions are all about, and will be solving various problems with fractions using equivalent fractions.

Students will become very comfortable solving problems involving operations with time/calendar and measurement. They will be able to solve linear equations, after converting a sentence into the equation. They will learn about angles, types of triangles, solids, and various other geometry concepts. They will learn how to measure angles and also to draw using the compass.

In Epsilon, we will introduce the students to solving problems using boxes, which later will evolve into algebra. We will be introducing them to proportions and divisibility rules.

Most mathematical concepts have already been worked on in previous levels, but the word problems and applicatons of these concepts will be in a lot more depth, where the student will be able to really nail down these concepts.

They will solve more than 500 problems from Continental Math/Math Olympiads.

Operations

  • Master single digit multiplications/divisions.
  • Goal: 100 single digit operations in 3 mins.
  • Master multiple digit by single digit multiplication horizontally.
  • Multiple digit by multiple digit multiplication technique.
  • One-digit long division.
  • Multiplication/Division by numbers followed by zeros.
  • Practice multiple digit additions/subtractions.

Time/Calendar

  • Review number of days in every month, difference between leap and non-leap years.
  • Review military time, and do all sorts of problems involving operations with time/days.

Money

  • By this level it is well understood the different money relationships.
  • Solve in depth problems that involve money.

Numbers

  • Divisibility rules.
  • Prime numbers.
  • Find the number of numbers in a consecutive sequence of numbers.
  • Write numbers up to billions given the sentence.
  • Round to thousands, millions, ten millions etc.
  • Place value up to billions.

Measurement

  • Review length, weight and temperature.
  • Work with volume.
  • Solve a variety of problems involving operations/conversions of measurement quantities.

Geometry

  • Basic concepts about line segments, lines and polygons.
  • Different polygon shapes.
  • Perimeter and Area of square and rectangle.
  • Types of angles, and learn to measure them.
  • Types of triangles and properties of them.
  • Propeties on angles in a rectangle and traignle, solve various problems to absorb these concepts.

Algebra

  • Write the linear equation given a sentence.
  • Given a linear equation group variables and solve.

Fractions

  • Write the fractions given a shaded figure.
  • Reduce fractions to simplest form.
  • Proper vs Improper fractions.
  • Place fractions on the real line
  • Convert an improper fraction into a mixed number.

500+ Word Problems

  • Problems that involve multiple steps of additions/subtractions/multiplications/divisions.
  • Problems involving time/calendar or money.
  • Problems that require operations with measurement.
  • Problems that use properties of numbers and/or place value.
  • Problems to solve using the box method.
  • Problems involving divisibility concepts.
  • Solve problems involving fractions and the notion of equivalent fractions by drawing the fractions.

SAMPLE PROBLEMS

Jason has a 90 feet by 100 feet rectangular backyard. Gus, Jason's neighbor, has a 30 yard square backyard. Jason and Gus start walking around their respective backyards at the same time. If they walk at the same speed, who will finish walking around their backyard first? Why?

Henry watched a 110 minute movie this afternoon. If the movie started at 3:50pm, at what time did the movie end?

Write all 3-digit numbers whose digits add up to 6.

A palindrome is a number that reads the same if written backwards. For example 7, 44 and 171 are all palindromes. How many palindromes are there from 1 to 400?

The numbers 5 A 25 B C 55 are in order. The letters A, B and C represent different numbers. The difference between 5 and A, A and 25, 25 and B, B and C and C and 55 are all the same. What number does C represent?

Karen is 10 years younger than Jessica. If their ages add up to 32, how old is each of them?

Mendy has $30 more than Gina, and Gina has $20 more than Dalia. If together they have a total of $97, how much money do Mendy and Dalia have together?

Fiona's puppy is 28lbs 10oz lighter than Fiona. If their combined weight is 50lbs 12oz, how much does each of them weigh?

Jason takes 3 classes in the morning. Each of the classes is 45 minutes long, and he has a 10 minute break between classes. If his first class starts at 8:00am, at what time will Jason be done with all three classes?

There are 3 red cars for every 2 white cars, and there are 4 white cars for every blue car in the parking lot. If there are 5 blue cars, how many cars are there in all?

Students will continue to master speed and accuracy with respect to multiple digit additions, subtractions, multiplication and division. Many of these operations would be done mentally. They will able able to operate with numbers followed by zeros quickly.

They will be able to compute areas of complex geometric figures. Fractions will be well understood, and they will learn to add/subtract/multiply fractions while using these to solve multi-step word problems. They will apply algebra to solve various kinds of problems. By the end of the level, students will be very comfortable solving problems where multiple variables could be used, but these students will understand that all variables can be represented in terms of one! They will be applying the substitution method automatically.

Students will be solving over 500 word problems in the school year, from Continental Math, Math League and Math Olympiads.

Operations with integers

  • Multiple digit by single digit division horizontally.
  • Practice to get speed and accuracy on multiple digit additions and subtractions horizontally.
  • Review one-digit long division and learn two-digit long division.
  • Operations with numbers followed by zeros.

Time/Calendar/Money/Measurement

  • By this level these concepts are mostly review.
  • Problems will get trickier and will allow the student nail these concepts well.
  • They will be able to do operations with these comfortably, with the techniques thought in class.

Problem Solving Techniques

  • Box method subtract and divide or just divide; children will learn to set up the problem graphically and then solve it.
  • Number line used to place quantities to help solve a problems quickly
  • Trial and error approaches, using a table.
  • Learn graphical approaches to solve problems that involve fractions, for example work rate problems.

Algebra

  • Given a linear equation solve it by grouping all similar terms and isolating the variable.
  • Solve word problems by writing the equation and solving.

Geometry

  • Perimeter.
  • Formula for area of square, rectangle and triangle.
  • Find area of complex figures by dividing the figure into known figures
  • Study of angles.
  • Properties of triangles and their classification.

Numbers

  • Divisibility Rules.
  • Multiples and factors.
  • Place value.
  • Rounding.
  • Square of numbers.

Fractions/Decimals

  • Concept of fractions, proper/improper fractions.
  • Reduce fractions to simplest form.
  • Convert an improper fraction to mixed number.
  • Order fractions using equivalent fractions.
  • Addition/Subtraction of fraction with same/different denominators.
  • Multiplication of fractions by canceling terms.
  • Fraction of numbers.
  • Concept of decimals.
  • Place fractions/decimals in the number line.
  • Conversion between fractions and decimals.
  • Operations with decimals.

500+ Word Problems

  • Problems that involve multiple steps of additions/subtractions/multiplication/division.
  • Complex problems involving time/calendar/money.
  • Interesting problems involving measurement operations.
  • Problems involving problem solving techniques taught.
  • Problems applying area and perimeter concepts and transformations for one unit to another.
  • Interesting problems on fractions, to highlight how fractions are everywhere around us.
  • Number theory problems.

SAMPLE PROBLEMS

The bus to Logan Airport leaves Nashua at 4:15pm. It stops in Woburn for 15 minutes, stops in Alewife for 10 minutes and reaches the airport at 5:50pm. At what time would the bus have reached the airport if it didn't make any stops?

There are 23 chocolates in the red box and 53 chocolates in the green box. How many chocolates should be moved from the red box to the green box, if we want the green box to have 3 times as many chocolates as the red box?

One-third of the kids in the class are girls. If there are 6 girls in the class, how many boys are there?

Jack weighs three times as much as Luis. If together they weigh 80 lbs, how much does each of them weigh?

There are horses, sheep and pigs in a farm. There are 10 more sheep than horses and there are 20 more pigs than sheep. If there are 45 horses, how many pigs are there?

How many numbers from 85 to 600 have the digit 5 in them?

In grandpa's farm there are 950 animals. There are 40 horses, there are twice as many sheep as horses, 4 times as many rabbits as sheep, and three times as many goats as sheep and the rest are cows. How many cows are there in grandpa's farm?

Gary is 3 times as old as Frank, Frank is 12 years older than Ken and Ken is twice as old as Henry. If the ages of all of them add up to 81, how old is Gary?

Divisibility rules and applications of these to solving a variety of number theory problems will become very trivial. Students will understand how LCM and GCF should be used to solve problems. They will master all operations with fractions/decimals. They will be introduced to the real line and the concept of negative numbers will become very comfortable to them. One variable algebra problems will become second nature to them.

Given values of x and y, students will be able to write the equation for y in terms of x. They will learn to cancel out terms, and will get comfortable with the distributive property and grouping variable terms.

Students will be solving over 500 problems in the school year, from Continental Math, Math League, Math Olympiads and simple problems from MATHCOUNTS.

Operations with integers

  • Multiple digit by single digit division horizontally.
  • Practice to get speed and accuracy on multiple digit additions and subtractions horizontally.
  • Review one-digit/two-digit long divisions.
  • Operations with numbers followed by zeros.

Time/Calendar/Money/Measurement

  • By this level, these concepts are mostly review.
  • Problems will get trickier to allow the students nail these concepts well.
  • They will be able to do these operations comfortably.

Problem Solving Techniques

  • No more box method, any problem that could be solved using box method should be now solved using only algebra.
  • Trial and error to solve problems involving 2 variables.
  • Learn graphical approach to solve problems that involve fractions. These problems will be real complicated using algebra, but can be solved easily graphically.

Algebra

  • Given a linear equation solve it by grouping all similar terms and isolating the variable. Solution can be negative numbers.
  • Solve word problems by writing the equation and solving them.

Geometry

  • Review Perimeter.
  • Review formulas for area of square, rectangle and triangle.
  • Find area of complex figures by dividing the figure into known figures
  • Study of angles.
  • Properties of triangles and their classification, and problems.
  • Concept of slope and graphing of linear equations.

Numbers

  • Divisibility Rules.
  • Multiples and factors.
  • LCM/GCF.
  • Square of numbers.
  • Negative numbers.
  • Distributive Property.

Fractions/Decimals/Percentages

  • All operations with fractions.
  • All operations with decimals.
  • Convert from decimals to fractions and viceversa.
  • Introduce percentages.
  • Convert from percentages to fractions.
  • Fraction/Decimal/Percentage of a number.

500+ Word Problems

  • Complex problems involving time, calendar, and/or money.
  • Interesting problems involving measurement operations.
  • Problems involving problem solving techniques taught.
  • Problems applying area and perimeter concepts and transformations for one unit to another.
  • Interesting problems involving fractions, decimals, and/or percentages
  • Number theory problems.

SAMPLE PROBLEMS

Grandpa left $200,000 to be divided among 5 grandchildren. The oldest grandchild got 2/5th of the total money, the second oldest grandchild got 1/4th of the left over money. Each of the next two grandchildren received $40,000, what fraction of the money and how much money did the youngest grandchild receive?

How many numbers from 81 to 650 are divisible by 5?

Roni starts with the number 5 and counts by 8s. This results in the sequence 5, 13, 21, 29, 37 and so on. What is the twenty-fifth number in the sequence?

The sum of 4 consecutive even numbers is 180. What is the sum of the first and last number?

Stacy, Ben and Mia bought a very nice leather jacket for their mom. The jacket cost them $370. Stacy gave twice as much as Ben, and Ben gave $30 more than Mia. How much did each of them give?

If 8 men met at a conference and each of them did a handshake with every other man once at the beginning of the conference, and once at the end, how many total handshakes were there in all?

How many even numbers from 1 to 200 have a remainder of 3 when divided by 5?

Taylor goes to piano lessons every Monday. How many piano lessons did Taylor have in October, if October 20th was a Saturday?

In this level, students will be able to quickly assess the validity of their answers using divisibility rules. They will be able to solve complex operations involving any operations with fractions. Decimals, percentages and operations with negative numbers will be easy to them. They will be doing complex expression evaluations and will be able to apply various problem solving techniques.

Students will study exponents, prime factorization and will be applying LCM/GCF to problem solving. They will learn about arithmetic sequences and how to find the sum of a sequence.

Solving word problems by composing complex linear equations will be the main target of this level. These problems can involve decimals/percentages.

They will be able to solve multi step problems that involve measurements, data grouping, factors, multiples, calendar and time. Complex word problems involving fractions and geometry will keep the students excited. Students will be able to draw and build prisms, pyramids, cylinders and cones. They will be able to use geometric sets and a compass and will solve problems using Venn Diagrams.

Students in this class will excel in the pre algebra class in school.

Students will be solving a wide range of over 500 problems that could cover problems from Continental Math, Math League, Math Olympiads, AMC8 and MATHCOUNTS.

Fractions/Decimals/Percentages

  • All kinds of operations with fractions and simplification of complex expressions.
  • All kinds of operations with decimals.
  • Operations with percentages.
  • Conversion from fractions to decimals to percentages and viceversa.

Number Theory

  • Compute expressions involving addition/ multiplication of negative numbers.
  • Order of operations.
  • Exponents.
  • Divisibility Rules.
  • Prime factorization.
  • Multiples/Factors.
  • LCM/GCF problems.

Algebra

  • Given complex word problems involving fractions and percentages, solve these using one variable equations.
  • Use distributive property while solving complex linear equations.

Geometry

  • Area/Perimeter of complex figures.
  • Volume of prisms.
  • Build prisms and pyramids.
  • Types of triangles and their properties.
  • Learn to draw different kinds of triangle using a geometric set.

Arithmetic Sequences

  • Find the general term of an arithmetic sequence.
  • Find the sum of an arithmetic sequence.
  • Given random terms of an arithmetic sequence find other terms.

500+ Word Problems

  • Problems involving fractions/decimals/percentages.
  • Problems that require setting up linear equations.
  • Arithmetic sequence problems.
  • Rule of three problems.
  • Average speed problems.
  • LCM/GCF problems.
  • Divisibility problems.

SAMPLE PROBLEMS

The length of Jason's rectangular backyard is 150 ft more than its width. If the perimeter of Jason's backyard is 800 ft, what is the length and width of the backyard?

If 24 gallons of water are poured into an empty tank, then 3/4 th of the tank is filled. How many gallons does a full tank hold?

Stephanie has 24 quarters more than Dalia has; Dalia has 20 dimes more than Catherine; and Catherine has 500 pennies more than Frank. Together they have $62. How much money does Stephanie have?

Vanessa is organizing a softball league, and she needs to purchase jerseys and visors for the players. Jerseys come in sets of 60, and visors come in sets of 42. If Vanessa wants to buy the same number of jerseys and visors, what is the minimum number of jerseys or visors she will have to purchase?

Stacy, Ben and Mia bought a very nice leather jacket for their mom. The jacket cost them $370. Stacy gave twice as much as Ben, and Ben gave $30 more than Mia. How much did each of them give?

The symbol 3! means 3 x 2 x 1, which equals 6. Similarly, 5! means 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1, which equals 120 and so on. Suppose that N! ends in exactly 3 zeroes after fully multiplying out. What is the smallest value that N can have?

What is the exponent of prime factor 5, in the product 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x...x 125?

Lambda is the most important and most difficult class in ThinkForFun. Students that complete Lambda with a final score of 90 or above, will be able to score more than 600 in the SAT Math section.

The SAT Math section will become very trivial after students complete this level successfully.

Lambda covers all the concepts in Algebra I in a lot of detail and depth; students will be solving all sorts of problems involving line equations, parallel/perpendicular lines, will be able to find distances between point and line, between points, mid points etc. They will also master absolute value eqautions, absolute value inequatilites, 1/2-variable inequalities. ratios and proportions, average, arithmetic sequences and all associated word problems will become second nature to kids in Lambda. They will learn about scientific notation, they will work on complex expressions with exponents, they will learn to solve exponential equations, they will learn about the various types of numbers, rational vs irrational, and will learn to rationalize expressions. They will be able to find the prime factorization of any number, and consequently use it to find root of numbers.

Lambda students will work with polynomials. They will learn to add/subtract/multiply and divide polynomials. They will learn about quadratic equations and their factoring. Most importantly they will learn to solve word problems that are modeled through quadratic equations. Students will review some basic Geometry concepts that were introduced in the previous level Kappa; triangle inequality theorem, complement/supplement angles, volume, surface area, diagonals of polygons, sum of the interior angles of a polygon, etc.

Students will be solving over 500 problems that could cover problems from Continental Math, Math League, Math Olympiads, AMC8, AMC10 and MATHCOUNTS.

Number Theory

  • Review Order of operations applied to complex expressions.
  • Operations with Exponents.
  • Distributive property applied to complex expressions.
  • Learn about rational vs irrational numbers.
  • Convert a repeating decimal into a fraction.

Algebra

  • Use distributive property while solving complex linear equations.
  • Substitution/Elimination method to solve system of 2-variable equations.
  • Solve word problems by composing a set of 2-variable equations, problems could involve mixtures, age, speed, number theory etc.
  • Compute expression evaluation, where values can involve decimals, fractions (possitive and negative).
  • Solve linear equations involving absolute value.
  • Solve linear inequalities (involving absolute value).
  • Problems applying quadratic equations.

Fractions/Decimals/Percentages/Ratios

  • Complex expression evaluation involving fractions and/or decimals.
  • Operations with percentages.
  • Conversion from fractions to decimals to percentages and viceversa.
  • Operations with ratios.

Exponents

  • Scientific Notation
  • Fractional exponents
  • Exponential equations
  • Simplify complex exponentail expresions

Polynomials

  • Operations with Polynomails
  • Factoring of second degree polynomials
  • Operations with Binomials
  • Pascal triangle and expansion of powers of binomails
  • Quadratic formula

Equation of a line

  • Define a line given 2 points.
  • Define a line given the slope and a point.
  • Horizontal/vertical lines and their slopes.
  • Distance between two points.
  • Slope of parallel lines.
  • Slope of perpendicular lines.
  • Draw a line given two points, or given a point and the slope.
  • Problems involving the various line concepts.

Metric System

  • Convert from metric to US customary.
  • Convert quantities in the metric system.
  • Solve problems involving metric system quantities.

Functions\Relations

  • Identifying a function.
  • Range and domain of functions.

500+ Word Problems

  • Problems involving fractions, decimals and/or percentages.
  • Problems that require setting up system of linear equations.
  • Arithmetic sequence problems.
  • Average problems.
  • Rule of three and THINK 1 problems.
  • Average speed problems.
  • Ratio problems.
  • Quadractic equation problems
  • Some geometry problems

SAMPLE PROBLEMS

How much water should be added to 8 liters of pure lemon juice to make a juice that is 20% lemon juice?

The owner of a bicycle store had a sale on bicycles (two-wheelers) and tricycles (three-wheelers). Each cycle had two pedals. When he counted the total number of pedals of the cycles, he got 50. When he counted the total number of wheels of the cycles he got 64. How many tricycles were offered in the sale?

Gina has 25 coins worth a total of $4.30. Some of the coins are dimes and the rest are quarters. How many of each type of coin does Gina have?

At 12:15, what is the degree measure of the acute angle formed by the hour hand and the minute hand on a 12-hour analog clock?

Bowling a score of 204 in his last game, Remy raised his average from exactly 156 to exactly 158. What score must he bowl in the next game to raise his overall average to exactly 159?

Jason was elected class president. He received 4 votes for every 3 that Henry got. No one else ran. However, if 12 of the people who voted for Jason had voted for Henry instead, Jason would have received only 2 votes for every 3 that Henry would have gotten. How many people voted?

The September price of a computer was $1000. Later, an October price was obtained by raising the September price by 20%. Then a November price was obtained by lowering the October price by 20%. What was the November price in dollars?

The main focus for Tau is Geometry. We will study properties of equilateral triangles, right triangles, similar triangles, rhombus, circles, trapezoids, and regular polygons. We will learn many geometry theorems, and will work on all kinds of proofs. We will study volume, surface area, and area of complex figures. Most importantly, in this class, we don't stay at the proof level, we solve intricate geometry problems applying the theorems learned. The SATs, and math competitions, do not have proofs, they have problems!

During the Lab hour we will do many drawing exercises using squares and compass to help students really understand the various theorems we learn, and also make them prove these theorems in paper by drawing and meassuring.

Students in this level will excel in their high school honors Geometry class.

We will continue to work on problem solving techniques, work rate problems, compound rule of three, venn diagrams, average speed problems, number theory problems, complex algebra problems, and many other kinds of problems.

The students will review and work on more complex operations with polynomials, factoring, and will learn to find solutions of radical equations. They will work comfortably with rational expressions/equations.

Students will be solving the most difficult geometry problems from AMC10, MATHCOUNTS and select AIME problems.

We will be solving over 500+ word problems in the school year that include some of the most difficult problems from MATHCOUNTS, AMC, AIME and many problems have been taken from college level text books. We also expose take problems from high school math competitions.

Geometry

  • Pythagoras theorem.
  • Area/perimeter of a circle.
  • Complementary/supplementary angles.
  • Angles/diagonals of a regular polygon.
  • Properties of similar triangles.
  • Properties of right triangles (90-30-60) (90-45-45).
  • Properties of trapezoids, rhombus, and regular polygons.
  • Volume/Surface Area.

Polynomials

  • Factor a quadratic equation using the various methods.
  • Find the solutions to a quadratic equation.
  • Add/subtract, multiply/divide polynomials.
  • Use the Pascal triangle to determine the coefficients when expanding a binomial.
  • Solve equations involving radicals.

Probabilities

  • Combinations and permutations.
  • Probabilities problems.

Sequences

  • Complex problems involving arithmetic sequences.
  • Geometric sequences.

500+ Word Problems

  • Problems involving fractions/decimals/percentages.
  • Venn diagram problems.
  • Coumpound rule of three problems.
  • Average speed problems.
  • A wide range of geometry problems.
  • Probability problems.

SAMPLE PROBLEMS

Two parallel lines are cut by a transversal. A pair of corresponding angles is represented by the expressions 7x and 5x+40. What is the measure of each angle?

In a certain sequence of numbers, each number after the first is 3 less than twice the previous number. If the third number in the sequence is 51, what is the first number in the sequence?

Jorge has a bag with 6 red marbles and 12 blue marbles. He randomly selects 4 marbles from the bag, one at a time without replacement. What is the probability that he selects 2 red marbles followed by 2 blue marbles?

Parker's favorite ice cream shop has a sundae special on Sundays. He can create his own sundae by choosing one of 8 flavors of ice cream, one of 4 fruit toppings, one of 3 nut toppings and one of 2 kinds of whipped cream. How many additional unique sundaes could be made if Parker is allowed to skip one or more of the following: fruit topping, nut topping and whipped cream?

A speed boat went up the Merrimack River from A to B and back to A. Half the distance from A to B, the boat travelled at 50 mph, one-fourth at 80 mph, and the last one-fourth at 100 mph. On the way back, the first one-fourth of the distance was covered at 100 mph, the next one-fourth at 80 mph, and the rest of the distance at 40 mph. What is the average speed of the boat for the round trip?

After a gymnastics meet, each gymnast shook hands once with every gymnast on every team (except herself). Afterwards, a coach came down and only shook hands with each gymnast from her own team. There were a total of 281 handshakes. What is the fewest number of handshakes the coach could have participated in?

6 garbage trucks can pick up garbage from 480 houses in 3 hours. If 1 of the drivers falls sick and stops working after 180 houses have been serviced, how long more will it take for the rest of the trucks to pick the garbage from the remaining 300 houses?

Students will be exposed to college level word problems where they can apply all advanced topics learned. Geometry, Probability and Number Theory will be some of the topics drilled into. We will be solving many Physics problems as well. Problems involving Permutations and Combinations will be dealt with in detail at this level.

Students will be solving over 500 word problems in the school year, problems from MATHCOUNTS, AMC10, AIME and college textbooks.

Please contact us for more information.

SAMPLE PROBLEMS

The line y = kx intersects the line that passes through points A(5, 0) and B(0, 2) at a point P such that AP:PB = 1:2. What is the value of k? Express your answer as a common fraction

Prove that for any natural value of x the value of the expression (5x + 1)2 - (2x - 1)2 is divisible by 7.

John is entering the following summation 31 + 32 + 33 + 34 + 35 + 36 + 37 + 38 + 39 in his calculator. However, he accidentally leaves out a plus sign and the answer becomes 3582. What is the number that comes before the missing plus sign?

What is the least positive multiple of 72 that has exactly 16 positive factors?

A motorboat makes a round trip on a river 56 miles upstream and 56 miles downstream, maintaining the constant speed 15 miles per hour relative to the water. The entire trip up and back takes 7.5 hours. What is the speed of the current?

If you roll two eight sided dice with numbers 1 through 8, what is the probability of rolling a 12?

If r and s are the solutions of 2x2 + 9x + 3 = 0, what is the value of r2 + s2? Express your answer as a common fraction.

If a polygon of n sides has n(n-3)/2 diagonals, how many sides will a polygon with 65 diagonals have? Is there a polygon with 80 diagonals?

Sigma will focus on Algebra II honors. Students will not only be taught the Algebra II mechanical concepts but apply these concepts to solve a variety of word problems.

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SAMPLE PROBLEMS

Find the value of a2+a4+a6+a8+...+a98 if a1, a2, a3, ... is an arithmetic progression with common difference 1, and a1 + a2 + a3 + a4 + ... + a98 = 137

The pages of a book are numbered 1 through n. When the page numbers of the book were added, one of the page numbers was mistakenly added twice, resulting in an incorrect sum of 1986. What was the number of the page that was added twice?

What is the sum of the last two digits of this portion of the Fibonacci Factorial Series: 1! + 1! + 2! + 3! + 5! + 8! + 13! + 21! + 34! + 55! + 89!?

Kevin plays a game in which he draws 3 cards at random and without replacement from a set of 7 cards that are numbered with the integers 1 through 7. He wins if the sum of the three numbers on the drawn cards is at least 10 or if card number 5 is one of the drawn cards. What is his probability of winning? Express your answer as a common fraction.

A pendulum swings through an arc of 16 inches. On each successive swing, the length of the arc is 96% of the previous length. After 10 swings, what is the total length of the distance the pendulum has swung? Round to the nearest hundredth of an inch.

To save for retirement, you decide to deposit $2,500 into an IRA at the end of each year for the next 40 years. If the interest rate is 9% per year compound annually, nd the value of the IRA after 40 years.

Find the remainder when 2x10-􀀀3ix8+(1+i)x2-􀀀(3+2i)x+1 is divided by (x-i).

Yesterday Alice drove one hour longer than Bob at an average speed that was five miles per hour faster than Bob's speed. Clark drove two hours longer than Bob at an average speed that was ten miles per hour faster than Bob's speed. Alice drove 50 miles more than Bob. How many more miles than Bob did Clark drive?

Psi will focus on advanced algebra topics,trigonometry, and will do an introduction to calculus. We will obviously continue to solve problems on all topics covered in the earlier levels. We will also be covering a wide range of physics problems.

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SAMPLE PROBLEMS

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Bytes is an introduction to programming class geared for middle school students. The students will learn to build flow charts, algorithms and pseudo code. They will implement the pseudo code in Python. They will learn about data structures, arrays, lists and strings. Will learn about FOR loops, WHILE loops and recursion.They will learn about various sorting algorithms, and we will start introducing the students to define the complexity of an algorithm (linear vs non-linear). Will solve various kinds of problems using small programs. We will be solving many simple mathematical problems with code. Towards the second half of the school year, students will get exposure to HTML. Weekly homework will be assigned, and the student will be spending 30 minutes to an hour in that homework. The homework will most of the time consist of writing a program. The class will meet for 90 minutes every week. Students should bring a laptop to class.

Please contact us for more information.

We will update a sample project in the coming months.
Megabytes is offered for the older middle schooler / high schooler that has learnt some programming or is interested in learning programming at a fast pace. This class will morph appropriately when students from Bytes take the class. Students should be able to write simple games in Javascript and build a simple website.

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We will update a sample project in the coming months.
This Class will be offered in school year 2017-2018.
We will update the details in the coming months.
We will update a sample project in the coming months.
Summer is right around the corner and we want the kids to be engaged over the vacation. Our program starts the second week of July for a 5 week duration. The program will focus on problem solving and critical thinking skills. Our usual approach to making it fun will be packaged into the program. Weekly homework booklet will be given to the student which will be graded by us.

Students will be solving over 100 problems during the 5 weeks.

By popular demand, we are also offering an Introduction to Computer Programming which will be a 6 week class. Students will be introduced to algorithms and writing programs using the Python language. This program will run for 6 weeks.
Our competition Math program (Sun) and Intro to Calculus will also run for 6 weeks.

Mercury (1st / 2nd Grade)

  • Our introductory pre beta level will make students work on simple mechanical operations. We will introduce the students to simple word problems and teach them to translate word problems to mechanical operations. Non TFF student should have completed at least Kindergarten, prefarably 1st grade.

Venus (3rd Grade)

  • We will solve problems operating with time, calendar, money and measurement. Get ready for Continental Math problems. This level is recommended for TFF students completing the Beta level. Non TFF student should have completed 2nd grade.

Earth (4th Grade)

  • The next level up from Venus, Earth will apply addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to word problems. We will focus on higher level Continental Math Problems and introduce the students to Math Olympiads. This level is recommended for TFF students completing the Delta level. Non TFF student should have completed 3rd grade.

Mars (5th Grade)

  • Any Math Olympiad problem is super fun for kids in this class! We will solve simple problems using equations. This level is recommended for TFF students completing the Epsilon level. Non TFF student should have completed 4th grade at least.

Saturn (Aglebra) (6th / 7th Grade)

  • Why do we care about learning algebra? How do we compose an equation? How do we know a problem needs algebra to be solved? What is a system of equations? How do we work with 2-variables? Students that have completed Epsilon or Zeta will enjoy this class. Non TFF student should have completed 5th grade, preferably 6th grade.

Jupiter (6th / 7th Grade)

  • Fractions, Decimals, Percentages. Operations with negative numbers. Can you operate on any kinds of numbers comfortably? This level will be great for kids that have completed Zeta or Eta. Non TFF student should have completed 5th grade, preferably 6th grade.

Neptune (Geometry) (7th Grade)

  • Lets learn about the Pythagoras theorem, properties of triangles, interesting facts about circles, similar triangles and a lot more. Students entering Kappa/Lambda will have fun in this class. Non TFF student should have completed at least 6th grade.

Sun (Competition Math) (7th Grade)

  • MathCounts / AMC / AIME anyone? These competitions are great to expose our students to completing challenging problems in little time. Lets have the students explore these interesting problems together, have fun finding short cuts, and challenge each other. Homework will consist of MATHCONTS/AMC/AIME sheets. Students can pick the number of problems they want to do as homework (0 to 100 problems). Students will be grouped based on abilities and drive. Students will take a timed test every week; do COUNTDOWN like math practice every week. TFF students that have completed Kappa/Lambda/Tau have covered plenty of concepts to feel comfortable in this class. Non TFF students should have completed at least 6th grade.

Intro to Calculus (10th Grade)

  • Lets learn how to graph all kinds of functions. Work with logarithms and limits. Students should have completed Geometry and Algebra II.

Programming (Python is not just a snake)

  • Do you know what loops and functions in programming are? Get introducted to flow charts and writing simple pseudo code. We will use programming to develop logical thinking. For example, write a program to print all the prime numbers from 1 to 100. Write a program to take a number and find its prime factorization. Why python? Because it is simple, kids can read what they write as code, and they can easily understand what programming is about. Basically a way to automate problem solving! Students should bring a laptop to class. The student should have completed at least 6th grade.
Please look at a sample homework from our regular programs.

SAMPLE PROBLEMS

William's favorite number is more than 20 but less than 50. It is an even number and the sum of its two digits is 7. What is William's favorite number?

Taylor has 2 times as many dimes as nickels and half as many nickels as quarters. If Taylor has 10 nickels, how much money does he have in all?

A slow clock loses 3 minutes every hour. Suppose the slow clock and a correct clock both show the correct time at 9 A.M., what time will the slow clock show when the correct clock shows 10 o'clock the evening of the same day?

Susan weighs half as much as her sister Teresa, and Teresa weighs half as much as her mom. If their combined weight is 189 lbs, how much do each of them weigh?

Betty wants to purchase a bicycle but is $23 short. Claire wants to purchase the same bicycle but is $25 short. If they combine their money, they will have just enough to buy the bicycle. What is the cost of the bicycle?

The sum of Jasmine and Jennifer's ages is twenty-three. Jennifer is five times as old as Jasmine was five years ago. How old is Jennifer?

The ratio of boys to girls in the school choir is 4:3. There are 6 more boys than girls. If another 2 girls join the choir, what will be the new ratio of boys to girls?

A boat has a speed of 6 mph in still water. The boat can travel 30 miles with the current in the same time in which it can travel 18 miles against the current. How many hours are necessary for the boat to travel 36 miles against the current?

2016-2017 Tuition

$75 Registration fee / student (Applicable to continuing and new students).

Total tuition for the school year (Sept-June) which consists of 36 classes and weekly homework booklets (no homework booklet for programming).

Level

One payment

Two payments

Nine payments
Additional annual fee of $75/family

Alpha
(Grades K-1)

1 hr 10 mins / week

$1,500 due at registration

$750 due at registration

$750 due
by Dec 18th

$300 due at registration

$150 due by 1st of October - May (8 payments)

Beta, Delta, Epsilon,
Zeta, Eta
(Grades 1-6)

1 hr 55 mins / week

$1,770 due at registration

$885 due at registration

$885 due
by Dec 18th

$354 due at registration

$177 due by 1st of October - May (8 payments)

Kappa, Lambda, Tau
Pi, Sigma, Psi
(Grades 6-11)

2 hr 25 mins / week

$2,230 due at registration

$1,115 due at registration

$1,115 due
by Dec 18th

$446 due at registration

$223 due by 1st of October - May (8 payments)

Calculus, SAT Math

3 hrs / week

$3,000 due at registration

$1500 due at registration

$1500 due
by Dec 18th

$600 due at registration

$300 due by 1st of October - May (8 payments)

Programming

1 hr 30 mins / week

$1,600 due at registration

$800 due at registration

$800 due
by Dec 18th

$320 due at registration

$160 due by 1st of October - May (8 payments)

Class reschedule fee          : $20 per class (3 changes free per school year)
Test reschedule fee            : $75 per test (3 tests per school year)
Late tuition payment fee   : $30
Program withdrawal fee    : Prorated tuition for 4 sessions

ThinkForFun provides need based scholarship for motivated students. Please contact us to apply for one.

2016-2017 Schedule

Classes meet once a week. There will be 36 sessions and weekly homework booklets.
Classes start the week of September 5th 2016. Classes end the week of June 5th 2017.

ProgramThursdays
(pm)
Fridays
(pm)
Sundays
(pm)
Alpha5:45 - 6:55
Beta4:30 - 6:25
Delta5:45 - 7:404:30 - 6:25
Epsilon5:45 - 7:40 4:30 - 6:25
Zeta5:45 - 7:40
Eta5:45 - 7:404:30 - 6:25
Kappa
Pre Algebra ...
4:30-6:553:15 - 5:40
Lambda
Algebra I ...
3:15 - 5:40
Tau
Geometry ...
3:15 - 5:40
Pi
Advanced Topics
3:15 - 5:40
Sigma
Algebra II ...
3:15 - 5:40
Psi
Pre Calc / Trig
6:00 - 8:25
Calculus5:45 - 8:45
SAT Math5:45 - 8:45
BytesTBDTBDTBD
Megabytes5:45 - 7:15
Terabytes4:10-5:40

Holidays

HolidaysDays Off
ThanksgivingNov 24th, Nov 25th, Nov 27th
ChristmasDec 25th, Dec 29th, Dec 30th, Jan 1st
Vacation weeksFeb 27th - Mar 5th 2017
Apr 17th - Apr 23rd 2017

Test Dates

TestsDates
Test 1Dec 15th, Dec 16th, Dec 18th
Test 2April 6th, April 7th, April 9th
Test 3Jun 1st, Jun 2nd, Jun 4th

Snowdays:

Emails will be sent out about center closure. Make up for the lost class will be done during the lab time in the following class. Parents can pick up the hwk booklet at a later time.


New Classes:

If you are interested in ThinkForFun and the schedule does not accommodate you, please email us . We are open to adding new classes based on interest. Final schedule for Bytes will be based on enrollment.

Classes

  • ♦ Classes meet once a week. If a student misses a class, the student is responsible for covering the class book pages at home. The student can come
    and ask for help in the next class during lab if needed.
  • ♦ Student can attend an alternative class on a different day with a 24 hour advance notice provided there is room in that class. Three such changes are allowed per
    school year at no cost to you. Every subsequent change will incur a fee (specified in tuition page), payable the day of the class.

Class Unit Booklets

  • ♦ Classwork material will be given out as yellow booklets. These are for the students to keep. Students should bring the latest yellow booklet to class every week.
  • ♦ There is a $60 - $90 ($15 per session covered) replacement fee for lost class booklets. Please talk to us for the price of a particular booklet.

Homework

  • ♦ Homework booklet will be given out every week.
  • ♦ Corrected homework will be given back to the student the following week to take home and discuss it with the parents. Homework corrections will be reviewed.
  • ♦ The previous week's corrected homework and the new completed homework have to be turned in to get a new homework.
  • Homework turned in late / incomplete will not be corrected.
  • ♦ If a student misses a class, parents are responsible for dropping the hwk for correction, and picking up the new homework. Homework that doesn't get picked up,
    will not be given out at a later time as only one new homework per week is given.

Tests

  • ♦ Tests will be held thrice a year to evaluate the students progress in their classes. Test scores and homework performance will help judge the student's readiness
    for the next level and also adjust current class' pace.
  • ♦ Test schedule is posted in our website. It is not mandatory for the student to take the test but it is highly recommended. If the student cannot take the test on the posted date, the student can take the test on a different available date for a fee (specified in our tuition tab).
  • ♦ Every test will include all material taught since the beginning of the year.

Commitment

  • ♦ ThinkForFun does not believe in a commitment policy. We want to have students who enjoy coming to ThinkForFun and parents who believe that their children are spending their time productively.
  • ♦ If you do quit the program in the middle of the year, we will refund any unused tuition prorated by sessions attended. A 30 day notice is required to quit the program.
  • ♦ If the student wants to return to TFF the following year, he/she will have to take a placement test. There is a $200 assessment fee to conduct the test.
  • ♦ If the student comes back to the same level he/she dropped out of, no test is required.

Center closures

  • ♦ ThinkForFun will be closed for Thanksgiving break, Christmas, NH vacation weeks and Memorial day weekend.
  • ♦ Emails will be sent out for snow day closures. Make up sessions will be held during lab time the following week.

Drop off / Pick up from ThinkForfun

  • ♦ Students can be dropped off up to 10 mins before classes start and picked up up to 10 mins after classes end.
  • ♦ Late pickup (10 mins after classes end) will cost the parent $5 for every minute you are late.

When was TFF started?

TFF was started in the summer of 2011.

Who founded TFF?

TFF founders are parents and grandparents of elementary/middle school children. The founders were looking for a math enrichment program for their children and could not find one that matched their expectations. After spending time working with their children, they realized that without consistency, proper homework, and a group environment it would be very difficult for them to develop passion for math in their children. This is how TFF was conceived, with the thought that other parents out there might be looking for the same. You can read about the qualifications of the founders under "About Founders".

How does TFF compare to other math enrichment programs?

TFF is a program conceived by parents that didn't find a compelling math enrichment program out there. We would leave it to you to compare TFF with other programs. The below summarizes what we believe should be offered by a Math enrichment program, which is what TFF offers.

  • ♦ Classroom Instruction
  • ♦ Weekly homework booklet
  • ♦ Homework correction
  • ♦ Homework should also allow for mechanical practice
  • ♦ Focus on word problems
  • ♦ Instruction and homework should target competetitive exams, MATHCOUNTS / AIME level or even more compelling
  • ♦ Availability of problem solutions
  • ♦ Program is motivating and engaging to keep students interested and excited to attend the classes
  • ♦ A program for all ages. Continuity is key, so a strong program for students of all ages

Is TFF a franchise?

TFF is not a franchise. The program, the material and the methodology is all conceived and built by the TFF team. We adapt the program based on the strength of a class.

Who builds the TFF material?

The TFF team builds all the material. The TFF material have two aspects. The class books and the weekly hwk booklets. The class books are carefully crafted to replace those bulky heavy text books. We focus in making the learning enjoyable, simple and purposeful. Students and parents can review the class book to learn what was taught and discussed in class. The weekly homework are built to give the student the required practice to assimilate the various concepts learned in the school year. TFF has been granted permission from Continental Math, Math Olympiads and MATHCOUNTS to use their problems as long as they quote them. More than half the problems in the class book and homework, are written by the TFF founders. We also designed many mechanical pages to give children a lot of mechanical practice, and also variety of practice to nail a specific concept.

Who are the teachers at TFF?

TFF hires the best high school students to teach the elementary and middle school programs. We are very particular in the method used to solve problems, and as such we make sure teachers follow the procedure, and focus on the right things. These teachers have won accolades in math competitions, are class presidents and scout leaders. TFF believes that younger children would like to learn from their older peers and these older peers can make the class more enjoyable and fun for the students! TFF's high school program is taught by professionals who have 15+ years of experience and have been very successful in their chosen careers.

What is the minimum age for a child to join TFF?

TFF caters to students from Kindergarten to High School.

How long is the TFF program?

TFF school year program is from September to June. Classes meet once a week. TFF has students from 1st grade through high school.

Can a child join the program in the middle of the school year?

TFF staff tests the students before they are placed in the program. Students can join in the middle of the school year if we decide that the student can cope up with the demands of the class. This might require the student to take some special classes at TFF to catch up on missed material. Usually we prefer parents to engage and catch them up; they will be required to buy all class units that were covered so far.

Dr. T.V Panchapagesan has been working in Mathematics for the last 50 years. He has published books and many research papers. He is currently doing research in Vector Measures. His passion and drive for Mathematics is an inspiration to ThinkForFun. Dr. Panchapagesan plays an advisory role at TFF.

Gnanambal Panchapagesan loves creating challenging problems and she is the author of most of the problems in ThinkForFun. She has a MS in Mathematics and over 40 years experience teaching college mathematics, calculus, statistics, probability and physics. She won many awards in academics as a student herself, and many awards for teaching excellence.
Gnanam enjoys correcting the students homework, and likes to go through their steps carefully to understand their thinking, and discover methods to help children get to the correct answers with short steps.
Her experience teaching mathematics, her passion for applied mathematics, her attention to detail and interest in real world problem solving, makes the TFF curriculum one that cannot be matched by any other program out there.

Arun Viswanathan is interested in enriching the classroom experience of the students. He has worked in many fields including the Research and Development of Interactive Teaching Technologies. Arun has put together all the solutions to the word problems, which are available to the students in the ipads at the center.
With a MS in Robotics from University of Rhode Island, his aim is to introduce sciences and Robotics at ThinkForFun and make it a one stop solution for developing problem solving skills.
Arun works as a software consultant for Altran.

Priya Arun enjoys teaching students to show them how simple word problems could be approached. She teaches the high school students how to teach the younger kids. Passion, and simplicity is the key. Every student is capable of learning the concepts and applying them to problem solving; it is only a matter of using the right techniques while teaching, while developing students curiosity and motivation to learn and feel successful with problem solving. Priya believes that anything taught with passion, with the appropriate tools and the right focus will be retained by the students. Priya carefully designs the class books and homework, with the aim of giving students variety and depth.
Priya was the Valedictorian of the engineering class (over 800 students) in her undergraduate (Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela) in 1995. She has a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and is the Director of Worldwide Corporate Big Data Pre-sales Engineering at Vertica, a division of HP.

Srivi Panchapagesan is passionate about making things simple and believes in applying the same methodology to Mathematics. She has designed all of the mechanical operations pages of our homework which will be used to develop speed and accuracy. Srivi has written the software to generate random mechanical operation pages, which would guarantee that no two homework will have the same mechanical pages.
Srivi was the Valedictorian of the engineering class (over 800 students) in her undergraduate (Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela) in 1999. She has a MS is Computer Engineering from Purdue University and works as a Senior engineer in network protocols.

Do you enjoy math?

Do you have fun solving problems?

Do you love teaching?

If you answered YES to the above questions, email us at jobs@thinkforfun.com

Develop creativity and ingenuity towards problem solving

ThinkForFun problems are geared to stimulate the creativity and ingenuity in students. The problems are carefully selected from many sources such as MATHCOUNTS, Math Olympiads, AIME ... and new problems have been created to meet such standards.

Develop the ability to breakdown a complex mathematical problem into multiple steps to get to the solution

ThinkForFun encourages students right from first grade to write steps to problems. This exposes the students to break down the problem to get to the proper answer. ThinkForFun will focus in the problem solving steps that take you to the answer; just an answer without the procedure will not get any credit.

Excel without feeling the hard work behind it

ThinkForFun homework are designed to be engaging and challenging to their students. The students are helped by staff to break down the problem as required and are guided when needed to get tot he final answer. The homework are graded by TFF staff and students are rewared for their work using TFF$. The students enjoy using the TFF$ to buy various goodies for themselves, their siblings and parents at the TFF store.

Develop leadership

Our students are encouraged to explain solutions to class unit and homework problems in the board. They are asked to criticize and improve solutions to problems by their peers. This develops their ability to share and think differently. Students are always encouraged to find the shortest way to solve a problem.

Learn to work as a team towards common goals

Our students eagerly look forward to our lab time. One of their favorite games is the TFF Math Jeopardy. The students work as a team to solve the problems and compete with other teams at TFF. When parents walk in during a jeopardy game they get ammuzed at how much fun kids are having, while doing math!

Develop and strengthen mathematical intuition

Our students play a variety of games in the lab that are designed to reinforce the concepts taught in class. This enables them to master their math skills in a fun way.

Develop skills to analyze relationships, patterns and number properties

In addition to word problems, our class unit and homework booklets contain mechanical pages that focus on number properties and patterns.

Master all sorts of operations on different kinds of numbers

We realize the importance of mechanical operations and we ensure that our younger students work on mechanical operation pages during the lab time. They are rewarded with TFF$ for speed and accuracy in completing the operations.

Personal reasons

A person's success in life depends on how well they can solve problems. No matter what their career or life situation, they will find satisfaction and reward by knowing how to tackle challenges head on. And while kids can’t possibly practice every problem they’ll ever have in life, there is a subject that can help them learn how to think logically: math. Doing a math problem helps practice the problem-solving steps that apply to everyday situations: define the problem, think of ways to solve it, implement a solution, and evaluate the results.
You may never need to use the quadratic equation in your adult life, but the process of learning it boosts your brainpower. By practicing how to solve mathematical problems, you optimize your ability to make complex decisions down the road.

Practical reasons

Sometimes, not knowing basic math can cause a lot of trouble. “If your car has two gallons of gas, and thirty miles to travel, will you make it?” Not knowing the answer could lead to a long walk home.
There are many more practical reasons we can fill up this page with.

Patriotic reasons

The twentieth-century economic success of the United States was fueled by advances in science and technology, from Ford’s Model T to Apple’s Macintosh. Designing, building, and selling these technologies provided the jobs that have given us the world’s highest standard of living. And yet, the number of American students who choose math-related majors is falling, while the number is increasing in other countries. Rigorous math and science education is critical in creating the jobs that drive the economy.
In a recent speech about our troubled economy, President Obama remarked that “One of the changes that I would like to see…is once again seeing our best and our brightest commit themselves to making things. Engineers, Scientists, Innovators... building and making things that we can export to other countries.” If students are to meet the President’s goals, we must find ways to make mathematics appealing to children. In doing so, we will encourage them to pursue the careers that will once again secure America’s position as an innovative and economic leader.

HW Answers

2016-2017 School Year Homework Problem Answers

All homework will be graded by TFF staff.
Answers to homework word problems are provided here for students to check their work.

We are 5 years old and our students have made us proud.

2015 - 2016

Student

Awards

Student

Awards

Pallavi Ravada NH Smash Math Sophomore 2nd place Ashok ArunMath Kangaroo Level 9 State Rank: 2
Joanne Lee MATHCOUNTS School Team / NH State Participant Hrishi Joshi Algebra I in 6th Grade
Ananya Bakshi Continental Math Pythagoran Division Level 8: 29/30 Dylan Mathews Continental Math Pythagoran Division Level 7: 29/30
Nitya Babbar Algebra I in 6th Grade Sarala SharmaAlgebra I in 6th Grade
Abigail Thomas Math Olympiads Division E Gold Pin (Top 2%)
Math Olympiads Division M Silver Pin (Top 10%)
Algebra I in 6th Grade
Nithya Arun MATHCOUNTS NH Chapter Participant.
Math Olympiads Division E Gold Pin (Top 2%)
Math Olympiads Division M Silver Pin (Top 10%)
Algebra I in 6th Grade
Continental Math Euclidean Division Level 7: 28/30
Prachi Kharade MATHCOUNTS MA Chapter Participant
Math Olympiads Division E Silver Pin (Top 10%)
Girl DominationPurple Comet Team Math: 1st in NH
Team members: Abigail Thomas, Anjali Tummala, Nitya Babbar, Nithya Arun, Prachi Kharade
Prayga Babbar Math Kangaroo Level 4
State Rank: 3, National Rank: 7
Nitya Punnoose Math Kangaroo Level 2 State Rank: 1
Continental Math Level 2: 18/18
Aania Garg Math Olympiads Division E Silver Pin (Top 10%)
Math Olympiads Second in school


2014 - 2015

Student

Awards

Student

Awards

Derek Lee NH Smash Math Freshman 2nd place Ashok Arun MATHCOUNTS School Team. MATHCOUNTS NH State Top 10
Joanne Lee MATHCOUNTS NH Chapter Participant Pallavi Ravada NH Smash Math Freshman 2nd place
Prachi Kharade Math Olympiads Gold Pin (1st in school)

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