Galileo: Visualizing Math in Boxes

How do you teach Math to a pre-school and gradeschooler whose understanding capacity is still limited?  The struggle at this point is the concept of numbers in progressive sequence, the written number, the sound of the number, and the corresponding fingers for each.  It’s difficult for parents to go back or empathize with the limited experience, so they end up getting upset and exasperated teaching their children. So aside from the traditional fingers used for computation, which is limiting as we only have 10 of them, or the use of sticks, which is currently being applied in school, there is a new visual tool to help these kids comprehend Math better.  It is the use of colourful boxers.

These boxes can be applied to various math problems, from percentages, to statistics and algebra.  It is a whole new way of thinking about Math. You just have to attend one of Galileo Enrichment Learning Program seminars to understand more.

Rowie J. Matti, CEO of Galileo, is quick to point out that their form of teaching is not meant to go against or compete with school methods but rather to enrich a child’s understanding of Math.

If you are interested to learn more, there will be a 2nd Singapore Math Learning Festival on February 9, 2013 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Ortigas. The conference will focus on how Singapore Math can complement and provide supplementary learning to the implementation of the K-12 program.

For those who are not yet familiar with the K-12 program, this is an initiative by the Department of Education to give students opportunities to master essential skills and competencies by stretching and extending their learning years to the 12th grade. It focuses on depth rather than on breadth, giving them more time to realize the importance of each concept and connect it to more complex and higher learning.

Especially in this age of global competitiveness, parents are looking for schools that would unlock the potential of each child in the core subjects, one of which is Mathematics. Schools are now adopting Singapore Math into their Math curriculum and instruction, which has paved the way in creating excellent critical thinkers and better Math students.

Singapore Math focuses on developing critical thinking through mastery of foundational skills. It teaches students a systematic way of learning seemingly difficult math concepts through child-friendly terms and relatable experiences. This complements the K-12 curriculum, as it strengthens key concepts and provides opportunities to apply it in daily activities as well as in other subjects.

There will be concurrent learning sessions that will tackle topics such as the basics of Singapore Math, how Singapore Math can be applied in various activities inside and outside the classroom, manipulatives and materials to enhance a child’s learning capabilities, innovative activities in teaching geometry and fractions, and how Singapore Math helps students transition from basic to Algebraic concepts.

The conference will also feature a plenary lecture by Dr. Queena Lee-Chua – Math professor and multi-awarded educator – and her son Scott Chua, a multi-awarded student and a Carlos Palanca Awardee for Literature.

For more inquiries on the conference, contact the head office at 845-1234 or send an email to

Galileo Enrichment Learning Program   brings fresh ideas and exciting innovations that school administrators, teachers and parents can use in their classroom and in the confines of the house.

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