Rivendell’s unique math curriculum progresses from concrete numeracy skills like counting and number recognition all the way to more abstract concepts such as equations and pre-algebra skills. As students progress through Rivendell Math books, they get individualized help to ensure they understand and can apply the concepts presented in each book.
We believe in a mastery approach that emphasizes full comprehension of a concept before moving on to the next concept, and simultaneously, we use our math progression to spiral back to previous concepts to make sure students continue to build on what they have previously learned.
Work Sessions / Work Jobs
Math work session take place at all levels except preschool. Work sessions are a structured part of the day where each student works independently in their own math book while the teacher strategically checks in with all students to either teach a new skills, check for understanding, or to check finished work and give feedback. Instruction is in a small group or one-on-one.
Through the structure of work sessions, students learn how to work independently and also how to be accountable for their work. When students finish a math book in the Rivendell Math progression, they take an assessment, meet one-on-one with a Rivendell math specialist, and if mastery is determined, they move on to the next book in the progression.
A work job in preschool is a specific manipulative that helps to reinforce or introduce a concept to a child. Work jobs are individualized as well, with each child working with a teacher or independently on their own.
In additional to math work sessions, students have in-class math enrichment with a Rivendell math specialist once each week. These enrichment sessions engage students in whole- and small-group learning and focus on age-appropriate concepts such as fractions, geometry, logic, multiplication, and measurement.
Rivendell has teachers who specialize in math and work one-on-one or in small groups with students on special projects and whenever needed.