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MSRI Mathematical Circles Library 2012; 335 pp; softcover Volume: 11 ISBN10: 0821887459 ISBN13: 9780821887455 List Price: US$25 Institutional Members: US$20 All Individuals: US$18.75 Order Code: MCL/11 See also: Mathematical Circles  Dmitri Fomin, Sergey Genkin and Ilia V Itenberg A Decade of the Berkeley Math Circle: The American Experience, Volume I  Zvezdelina Stankova and Tom Rike A Moscow Math Circle: Weekbyweek Problem Sets  Sergey Dorichenko  Early middle school is a great time for children to start their mathematical circle education. This time is a period of curiosity and openness to learning. The thinking habits and study skills acquired by children at this age stay with them for a lifetime. Mathematical circles, with their questiondriven approach and emphasis on creative problemsolving, have been rapidly gaining popularity in the United States. The circles expose children to the type of mathematics that stimulates development of logical thinking, creativity, analytical abilities and mathematical reasoning. These skills, while scarcely touched upon at school, are in high demand in the modern world. This book contains everything that is needed to run a successful mathematical circle for a full year. The materials, distributed among 29 weekly lessons, include detailed lectures and discussions, sets of problems with solutions, and contests and games. In addition, the book shares some of the knowhow of running a mathematical circle. The curriculum, which is based on the rich and longstanding Russian math circle tradition, has been modified and adapted for teaching in the United States. For the past decade, the author has been actively involved in teaching a number of mathematical circles in the Seattle area. This book is based on her experience and on the compilation of materials from these circles. The material is intended for students in grades 5 to 7. It can be used by teachers and parents with various levels of expertise who are interested in teaching mathematics with the emphasis on critical thinking. Also, this book will be of interest to mathematically motivated children. In the interest of fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life, MSRI and the AMS are publishing books in the Mathematical Circles Library series as a service to young people, their parents and teachers, and the mathematics profession. Titles in this series are copublished with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI). Readership Teachers, parents, research mathematicians, undergraduate and graduate students interested in teaching extracurricular math to school children. 


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