## 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
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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Operations With Exponents Easy

Operations With Exponents Medium

Operations With Fractional Exponents

SAMPLE 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

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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.

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2017-2018 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 | ||

Alpha 1 hr 15 mins / week |
$1,500 due at registration |
$750 due at registration |
$750 due |
$300 due at registration |
$150 due by 1st of October - May (8 payments) |

Beta, Delta, Epsilon, 1 hr 55 mins / week |
$1,820 due at registration |
$910 due at registration |
$910 due |
$364 due at registration |
$182 due by 1st of October - May (8 payments) |

Kappa, Lambda, Tau 2 hrs 25 mins / week |
$2,280 due at registration |
$1,140 due at registration |
$1,140 due |
$456 due at registration |
$228 due by 1st of October - May (8 payments) |

Psi, Calculus, SAT Math 2 hrs 55 mins / week |
$3,000 due at registration |
$1500 due at registration |
$1500 due |
$600 due at registration |
$300 due by 1st of October - May (8 payments) |

Programming 1 hr 30 mins / week |
$1,800 due at registration |
$900 due at registration |
$900 due |
$360 due at registration |
$180 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 5 sessions

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

2017-2018 Schedule

Classes meet once a week. There will be 36 sessions and weekly homework booklets.

Classes end the week of June 4^{th} 2018.

Program | Thursdays (pm) | Fridays (pm) | Sundays (pm) |
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Alpha | 6:00 - 7:15 | ||

Beta | 6:00 - 7:55 | ||

Delta | 5:00 - 6:55 | ||

Epsilon | 6:00 - 7:55 Class Full | 5:00 - 6:55 | |

Zeta | 6:00 - 7:55 Class Full | 5:00 - 6:55 | |

Eta | 6:00 - 7:55 | ||

Kappa Pre Algebra ... | 5:30 - 7:55 Class Full | 5:00 - 7:25 | |

Lambda Algebra I ... | 5:30 - 7:55 | ||

Tau Geometry ... | 5:30 - 7:55 | ||

Sigma Algebra II ... | 5:45 - 8:10 | ||

Psi Pre Calc / Cal | 5:15 - 8:10 | ||

Calculus | 5:15 - 8:10 | ||

SAT Math | 2:30 - 5:25 | ||

Bytes | TBD | TBD | |

Megabytes | TBD | TBD | |

Terabytes | TBD |

Holidays

Holidays | Days Off |
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Thanksgiving | Nov 23^{th}, Nov 24^{th}, Nov 26^{th} |

Christmas | Dec 28^{th}, Dec 29^{th}, Dec 31^{st} |

Vacation weeks | Feb 26^{th} - Mar 4^{th} 2018 Apr 16 ^{th} - Apr 22^{nd} 2018 |

Test Dates

Tests | Dates |
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Test 1 | Dec 14^{th}, Dec 15^{th}, Dec 17^{th} |

Test 2 | Mar 15^{th}, Mar 16^{th}, Mar 18^{th} |

Test 3 | May 31^{st}, Jun 1^{st}, Jun 3^{rd} |

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.

2016-2017 Schedule

Classes meet once a week. There will be 36 sessions and weekly homework booklets.

Classes start the week of September 5^{th} 2016. Classes end the week of June 5^{th} 2017.

Program | Thursdays (pm) | Fridays (pm) | Sundays (pm) |
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Alpha | 5:45 - 6:55 | ||

Beta | 5:00 - 6:55 | ||

Delta | 6:00 - 7:55 | 5:00 - 6:55 | |

Epsilon | 6:00 - 7:55 | 5:00 - 6:55 | |

Zeta | 6:00 - 7:55 | ||

Eta | 6:00 - 7:55 | 5:00 - 6:55 | |

Kappa Pre Algebra ... | 5:00-7:25 | ||

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 | ||

Calculus | 5:45 - 8:45 | ||

SAT Math | 5:45 - 8:45 | ||

Bytes | TBD | TBD | TBD |

Megabytes | 6:15 - 7:45 | ||

Terabytes | 4:10-5:40 |

Holidays

Holidays | Days Off |
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Thanksgiving | Nov 24^{th}, Nov 25^{th}, Nov 27^{th} |

Christmas | Dec 25^{th}, Dec 29^{th}, Dec 30^{th}, Jan 1^{st} |

Vacation weeks | Feb 27^{th} - Mar 5^{th} 2017 Apr 17 ^{th} - Apr 23^{rd} 2017 |

Test Dates

Tests | Dates |
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Test 1 | Dec 15^{th}, Dec 16^{th}, Dec 18^{th} |

Test 2 | Mar 16^{th}, Mar 17^{th}, Mar 19^{th} |

Test 3 | Jun 1^{st}, Jun 2^{nd}, Jun 4^{th} |

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?

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.

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 6 years old and our students have made us proud.

2016 - 2017

Student |
Awards | Student |
Awards |

Nic Nautiyal (8th Grade) | SSAT math score: 800/800 | Hrishi Joshi (7th Grade) | SAT math score: 760/800 |

Abigail Thomas (7th Grade) | MATHCOUNTS State Participant MATHCOUNTS Chapter 1 ^{th} in countdown Math Olympiads Division M Silver Pin (Top 10%) Math League Algebra I: 4 ^{th} nationwide |
Nithya Arun (7th Grade) | MATHCOUNTS State Participant MATHCOUNTS Chapter 4 ^{th} overall and 4^{th} in countdown MATHCOUNTS School Team Math Olympiads Division M Silver Pin (Top 10%) Math League Algebra Grade 7: 3 ^{rd} nationwide |

Prachi Kharade (7th Grade) | MATHCOUNTS State Participant Math Olympiads Division M Silver Pin (Top 10%) |
Nitya Babbar (7th Grade) | MATHCOUNTS State Participant Math Olympiads Division M Silver Pin (Top 10%) |

Sammy Agrawal (8th Grade) | SSAT math score: 800/800 Math League Algebra I: 2 ^{nd} nationwide |
Divij Kunaparaju (8th Grade) | MATHCOUNTS Chapter Participant |

Anjali Tummala (7th Grade) | MATHCOUNTS State Participant SCAT math score: 99 percentile First in school Algebra I (100%) |
Matthew Alex (6th Grade) | Catholic Math League: 1^{st} place |

Ameya Kharade (2nd Grade) | NSF math bee: 2^{nd} in state Math Kangaroo: 2 ^{nd} in state 2^{nd} 16^{16} nationwide Continental math: 1 ^{st} in 2^{nd} grade |

Our Programming Students have worked hard to complete the following projects. Feel free to click on the projects to play with them.

Abigail Thomas |
Nithya |
Nitya |
Prachi Kharade |

Tic-Tac-Toe |
Tic-Tac-Toe |
Calculator |