Stanford Math Circle
The Stanford Math Circle Elementary program meets on Thursdays
throughout the Stanford academic year. Space is limited, and we regret
that only registered students may attend.
SMC Elementary I (grades 1 and 2) Lessons - Fall 2011
Sample handouts from some lessons of 2012 are available from the
following links. The session handouts were for use by circle members,
and we are not able to respond to queries about them.
SMC Elementary II (grades 3 and 4) Lessons - Fall 2011
Handouts for some lessons are available from the following links.
The session handouts are for use by circle members, please don't email
us with questions about them.
About the SMC Elementary program
The SMC Elementary program is aimed at mathematically motivated
students in grades 1-4. The main objective of this class is to
introduce young children to the elements of mathematical culture and
ideas using age-appropriate activities.
The teaching methods will vary depending on the mathematical content of
the lesson, and may include demonstration of experiments, storytelling,
guided discussions, independent work, teamwork, hands-on activities,
and handouts. Here is a sample handout
from the Spring 2011 sessions.
The fee for participation in the SMC is $125 per academic quarter. This
fee will generate funding for session leaders, website maintenance,
administrative costs, and use of the Stanford University facilities.
Please note that financial aid is available and that we will not
exclude students due to financial hardship, so please let us know if
the fee would cause financial difficulty for your family.
- The Stanford math department is very happy to share its space
with young students! However, we do need to remember some rules of
good behavior to respect the undergraduates, staff and faculty who
are working and attending classes in the same building.
Consequently, we must be aware of our noise level and minimize
congestion in the math building and surrounding locations,
especially before 6 PM. We do ask parents and students not to
congregate in the narrow hallways near the classroom more than 5
minutes before class.
- On the other hand, it is also important that students arrive in
class at that time and are seated and ready to go when class
begins. It can be disruptive to the focus of the class if a student
is late, and he or she will miss the initial discussion and
explanation that sets up the rest of the time.
- The instructors can't allow siblings that are not enrolled to sit
in on class, and must limit the number of parents in class to two
[arranged in advance] -- the space doesn't permit more, and, again,
we wish to avoid distractions so everyone stays focused and working
during class time.
- Instructors can only speak to parents before or after class, not
Meet the Staff of the SMC Elementary
Laura Givental, Ilya Zakharevich, Michael Brinn, and Elena Blanter, all
of the Berkeley Math Circle Elementary instructors, will be leading
these courses at Stanford in 2012-2013.
A resident of
the East Bay, Laura Givental graduated from a math and physics high
school, obtained her B.A. and Masters Degrees in applied mathematics at
the Moscow school "Kerosinka". She has been working, first in Russia
and then in the US, as a software engineer and consultant.
Zakharevich teaches on and off from 1981. He received his PhD in
mathematics 1990 in Moscow. He moved to US in 1990 and to Berkeley in
2001. His research interests in mathematics are integrable systems and
a Berkeley resident, received her M.A. in Mathematics from the St.
Petersburg University in Russia and has teaching credentials from the
same school. Elena's many years of experience include mathematical risk
modeling, statistical analysis, and development of financial analytical