*in our everyday lives.*

**math***we learned in elementary school.*

**Math**I rarely write directly about our product (Excel Math curriculum) because you can learn about it at our main website and our online store. But this week, as many are returning to school, I think I'll share some distinctive characteristics about Excel Math. These features are obvious to me as the editor, and to many teachers who use the curriculum.

Here are a few

**numbers**about how we teach

**numbers**:

- We offer
**7**grades, with**155**lessons per grade level, for a total of**1085**daily Lesson Sheets. - There are
**794**homework assignments (**124**in the**6**upper grade levels and**50**in Kindergarten). - Excel math includes
**174**"assessment opportunities", or what most of us would call TESTS. - Create A Problem higher level thinking challenges appear on the back of
**120**of the tests. - We offer
**252**pages of manipulative masters that can be duplicated and used in class in lieu of counters, real clocks, etc. - There are
**120**Activities in Grade**1**, and**68**Activities split across Grades**2-6**.

We focus on numbers

**0-100**in Kindergarten and First Grade, up to

**1000**in Second,

**1,000,000**in Third, and

**1,000,000,000,000**in Fourth.

*We never do get large enough numbers for them to balance the US national budget though ... is that why we are at this point with our government finances?*

We discuss

**Roman numerals**:

**I, II, III, IV, V, X, L, C, M**etc. and how that number system differs from

**Arabic numerals**.

We talk about

**fractions 1/4**,

**percentages 40%,**

**decimals .55**and

**negative -13**numbers, as well as

**even 2**and

**odd 3**numbers and

**integers 5**.

NOTE:

*Spoiler Alert - in a rare breach of secrecy I am going to give away some answers! And I must say this is the first time I have looked at our products using this particular view in mind:*

The answer to the first question asked in Kindergarten isTo conclude, here are a pair of number jokes:above. The last answer is4.

The answer to the first question in First Grade isnone or zero. The last answer isblink your eyes.

The answer to the first question in Second Grade is4. The last answer is15 kids.

The answer to the first question in Third Grade is20. The last answer is8.

The answer to the first question in Fourth Grade is1432. The last answer is269and263.

The answer to the first question in Fifth Grade is209,378. The last answer is$194.79.

The answer to the first question in Sixth Grade is also209,378. The last answer is$31.20.

1.

*There are 10 kinds of people in the world - those that understand binary number systems and those that don't.*

2.

*The computer told me I had to choose an 8-character password, so I chose Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.*

My next blog post will focus on the words we use in our curriculum.

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