MAGE FREE ELEMENTARY MATH CIRCLE GRADES 1-4

Pardon the construction dust, but be aware that a designated caregiver has to stay on site until we receive the city permit for drop offs. Once we receive city approval, we will notify you that you can now drop off your child. You will have to sign that off during registration.

Please read the important notes at the bottom of the page.

Instructors: Patryk Lipski and Gregory Marx

Description: Students will participate in mathematical games and activities with low-threshold of knowledge to start, but that could support very sophisticated mathematics to continue, allowing students of different levels to participate together. Several students will share a table and an instructor will explain the directions for each activity to each table and get them going, and then circle around to help as needed.

Please also note, only register for one time slot out of the 3: Thursday night, Sunday afternoon, or Monday morning for homeschoolers - the same content will be repeated through the month.

Price: FREE! We recognize that FREE alone is not enough, that without us bringing the programs closer to those that need them, we are not as accessible as we could be. Please be patient with us as we roll out our program.

Evening Math Circle meets on one Thursday per month from 4:30PM-5:20PM. Please note these meeting dates:

1-Thursday, October 10, 2019, 4:30PM-5:20PM

2-Thursday, November 14, 2019, 4:30PM-5:20PM

3-Thursday, December 12, 2019, 4:30PM-5:20PM

Sunday Math Circle meets on one Sunday per month from 12:00PM-12:50PM. Please note these meeting dates:

1-Sunday, October 13, 2019 12:00PM-12:50PM

2-Sunday, November 17, 2019 12:00PM-12:50PM

3-Sunday, December 15, 2019 12:00PM-12:50PM

Homeschool Math Circle meets on one Monday per month at 10:00AM-10:50AM. Please note these meeting dates:

1-Monday, October 28, 2019, 10:00AM-10:50AM

2-Monday, November 18, 2019, 10:00AM-10:50AM

3-Monday, December 16, 2019, 10:00AM-10:50AM

Required Supplies: you are welcome to bring a water bottle.

How many seats are in the class? Homeschool class has 10 spaces. There are 20 spaces in Thursday and Sunday class. If the demand is larger than our capacity, we will work to break up the group into at least 2 age bands in the long run. We are a not-for-profit and do not yet have a revenue stream, so please be patient, and if you know someone who’d want to sponsor us or are wiling to help us write grants, please drop us a note.

Expected Skills: All ability students are welcome, though students do need to have 1st grade skills at a minimum. Students must have age-appropriate classroom social and emotional skills with no negative impact on others’ classroom experience. This includes age appropriate ability to following directions, keeping hands to themselves, engaging in the activity and not distracting other students. Turn-taking skills are also expected-not all 1st graders can do this, so please don’t sign up your child if they are not ready with these types of skills. Children are expected to communicate and collaborate with others and the teachers in this class. This is a short class, please arrive on time as we will not wait, and the teacher won’t have the ability to repeat instructions multiple times for late-comers.

Some rules: Students are welcome to chew gum (please teach your kids to not put it on furniture if you give them any, and not to show off to others that may not have it. Please don’t send hungry children, they won’t do well/don’t send food into classroom. Water bottles are allowed and encouraged. Chair bands, fidgets welcome if they help concentrate. No phones/video games allowed during class - they have to be put away.

Important Notes:

  • This is a program that we feel is best delivered if a child attends the whole series. Please don’t sign up if you have multiple conflicts.

  • This program will sell out, and we will have a waitlist. Because people tend to have a high incidence of signing up for free things they don’t intend to use, we have to implement a policy to discourage people signing up for this if they don’t want it. Therefore, if you miss the first meeting and don’t communicate with us, we will give your seat to someone else. If you miss 2 meetings in a session, you may lose the ability to have early registration for the next term. Makeups may be possible in a different time slot depending on space, if there are any sessions left in the same month. We expect this free program to sell out.

  • If you like Math Circle then consider checking out our other math programs as well: math team, experimental outdoor math, and prealgebra+ studies as well.

  • There will be 3 sessions during the school year. Sign up is only open for the fall term. Winter term sign up will open in December and the program will start in January.

Price Does Not Include: It is absolutely free!

FAQ: 

What is the goal of the program? The goal of the program is to provide a child with a chance to work with a sophisticated, advanced mathematician and a peer group in a way that will encourage a sense of discovery and excitement about mathematics through problem-solving and interactive exploration. As a result, math fluency, literacy, self confidence, and perseverance should increase.

Can my kindergarten student attend? Not at this time. We will look into developing this program for younger students soon.

Can my 5th+ grader attend too? There is a fantastic and free math circle already enrolling students for grades 5+ for free at 7 locations around the city. We therefore do not have programming for these grades. In fact, we have designed our content to feed into theirs.

Are students of all abilities welcome? Absolutely. Yes, we are a gifted school, however we are also here to fill some educational gaps in Chicago - and a lack of a math circle at the elementary level is a gap for all. No advanced abilities or prerequisite mathematical knowledge is needed to join this circle! However, interest in mathematics and curiosity do help in order for the students to stay engaged.

Is there preparation/homework/assessment in/for this class? No.

Is there prerequisite knowledge? No. The program is better suited for children interested in mathematics or already curious about mathematics. Please consider your child's interests before signing up. 

Will this program prepare my child to take the CPS selective enrollment placement test? No. This is not one of the formal goals and outcomes of the program.

Who is paying for this program? The Midwest Academy for Gifted Education is sponsoring the programming for the circle. We are a not-for-profit community and school for gifted children and their families in Chicago.

Do the participants need to reside in the City of Chicago? No. all are welcome. If you can get to us, you can come.

Will there be a chance to provide feedback about the program? Yes, we would love all feedback. Please be patient with us as we run our program for the first time in our commercial space and work out the kinks. 

Will you plan for any measurable outcomes for the program? We will solicit parental feedback but at this time we do not have such a goal. 

Where can I learn more about math circles?  http://www.mathcircles.org/what-is-a-math-circle/

When will you expand this program to multiple locations? Anyone can start a math circle. We do not have any plans past the initial first year in our commercial location. Let’s see how this goes.

What should my child bring to class? Just a labeled bottle of water please. There will be no eating during the session.

What’s the sick policy? 24 hours since last diarrhea, vomit, or fever episode WITHOUT medication, or lice professional treatment; please choose to stay home if the child has to blow nose more than 5 times an hour or has a loud persistent cough (unless you bring doctor note to assure us they are not contagious), and obviously if you have been told by a doctor to stay away from activities because you are contagious.

Can you offer a math team? A summer math camp? Other competitive activities? TONS. Look at the left navigation bar! Don't see something that may be a good fit, that your child loves - email admissions with your thoughts.