Buddies4math

Buddies4math

Dr Judy Crates, Principal Castro School says:

Testimonial :
"Buddies4Math offers Castro at-risk students the opportunity to experience math as a recreational activity, not just a class at school. Dedicated volunteers from local middle and high schools work in small group activities in math concepts and applications with third and fourth graders every Friday afternoon. Our students look forward to the session and it's amazing to see how excited and engaged they are in math. Not only has the program changed student's attitudes and improved their confidence about math, but their math achievement on state tests has also improved. Our Latino students gained 64 points on the API last year, contributing to a 43 point gain for the school."
Dr Judy Crates, Principal Castro School.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 28, 2013

From the Fourth Grade:

Today we started off with a couple rounds of Multiplication Bingo.  After we had a few winners we moved on to some STAR Test practice worksheets, and once the fourth graders each did two worksheets we moved on to playing multiplication and division games in smaller groups.

Posted by Brian Hill

Thursday, March 21, 2013

March 15

From the Second Grade :
Today was our second Friday session with STAR (California Standardized Testing And Reporting) review. The students are starting to understand strategies they should be using on the test, like making sure they know what the question is asking and checking all the answer choices before selecting one. We're hoping this review will magnify the effects of our program on the students' STAR scores.

Posted by Eric Foster



From the Third Grade:

As usual the 3rd graders began with a group game of multiplication bingo. Then they were broken into groups of three or four and continued their work on the STAR test worksheets. The session ended with some division games within the smaller groups.

Posted by Drew Bent 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

March 14

From the Fourth Grade:

Thursday sessions start with Bingo. Today we practiced division. After that, we reviewed questions on the Star Test and played games in pairs or groups of three. 

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
~ Henry Ford 

Posted by Auston Lee

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Gunn@Your Service Micro Grant Awarded !

We are excited to be awarded a micro grant from Gunn @ Your Service for "turning innovative ideas into extraordinary projects to make our world-nearby and far away-a better place."

Our well deserved grant allows us to buy new games and manipulatives for our buddies at Castro School.

Posted by Neel Guha 

March 8

We spent the session reviewing questions that appear in Star Testing. Some sections proved harder than others for both our second and third graders.

Posted by Sreya Guha 

March 7

We started the session off with a game of division bingo. A new game for the fourth graders, they settled down after a few rounds. Later, we broke into smaller groups to play division board games.

Posted by Sreya Guha 

Monday, March 4, 2013

March 1

An Update from the Second Grade:

The 2nd graders were excited to return to Buddies4Math after a two week break. We started playing fraction, addition, subtraction and money games and the students did very well. 
                                                                                                       Posted by Eric Foster

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Feb 28

We are still looking for tutors for the thursday sessions. So, if you would like to work with  a fourth grader, join us in Castro School. We started the session on thursday with a division bingo and worked on building multiplication, fraction and division skills with our fourth grade buddies.