Our Mission: Math for Life

In Japan, educators believe learning math is no different from learning basic social skills, both of which are necessary in everyday life. Japan Math follows the lead of these instructors, offering teaching materials that utilize their methodology.

This type of instruction is based on the idea that math is all around us. Each day, we’re presented with situations that require us to calculate, measure, draw, or apply logic based on numerical data. Especially in today’s rapidly changing world, we’re constantly confronted with problems that don’t have clear answers. In these situations, math can be a powerful tool to help us think, investigate, test hypotheses and work in cooperation with others.

But more than necessary, math can also be made interesting. There can be joy in solving problems on your own. While solving problems, you may also stumble on some beauty or profundity expressed through mathematics. Japanese educators want children to experience these pleasures and use what they learn as a lifelong resource for enriching their lives, rather than dismissing it as one of many school curricula. As a result, our educational motto is: Math for Life — a solid foundation for a bright future.

Introducing Japan's World-Leading Math Curriculum

Japan Math is an elementary mathematics curriculum developed with the knowledge and wisdom that Japanese educators have accumulated over decades.

We provide powerful tools for learning and succeeding in everyday life. With these tools, we introduce proven Japanese teaching methods to both teachers and students around the world, using three unique features: Efficient and effective topic arrangement, problem solving for deeper understanding, and developing the desire and skills to use math.

Three Unique Features

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1. Efficient and Effective Topic Arrangement

Japan Math presents topics arranged so that students can easily build on each lesson.

Japanese textbooks cover carefully selected topics from each area of mathematics, which are arranged based on the relationship between the most important concepts from each one. In classes, each new concept builds upon the previous one. Students learn the similarities and differences between each concept, which are more specific or general, and more. This way, they not only learn individual topics, but can also grasp the relationship between each one.

Emphasizing the role of each concept also allows teachers to conduct more sophisticated lessons.

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2. Problem Solving for Deeper Understanding

Japan Math breaks problem solving into several steps to give students the deepest possible understanding of concepts.

Japanese mathematics educators treat problem solving as a process rather than a purpose for learning math.  It’s important for children to learn various ideas for solving problems, as well as the ability to put those ideas to use. Inside the classroom, teachers don’t just feed them ideas. Rather, they engage them in various types of learning.

In this way, they are learning more than just mathematics skills as applied to a particular problem; they’re also taught the importance of reasoning skills, reflecting on their own thinking processes, organizing and expressing their ideas — and most importantly, the joy of learning math and its effectiveness.

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3. Developing the Desire and Skills to Use Math

Japan Math uses verbalization training to help students develop the desire and skills to use mathematics in everyday life.

Acquiring mathematical knowledge and calculation methods are not the final objectives of math classes in Japan. There are many situations where children must solve real-life problems involving more complex thoughts and judgments. With this in mind, teachers use activities that require students to not only offer a solution, but to carefully describe their ideas and processes for solving the problem.

Putting ideas into words helps to confirm and promote understanding of the concepts. By verbalizing these concepts, students learn logic, persuasion and coping skills to help them work with others to solve problems.

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