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 in 2015-2016 is $275 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.
Course Logistics and reminders
- We must remember that we are visitors on a college campus and
that University staff, faculty and students may be working or
attending classes nearby. We must try to minimize noise and
obstructions inside University buildings, so we ask that students
and families not wait in the hallways outside a classroom more than
5 minutes before class.
- Traffic around this time of day can be difficult, and we'd rather
you come late than not at all -- but I'd still strongly recommend
that you come on time. If a student misses the first five or ten
minutes of the main topic, it can be hard to jump into what is
going on. And late arrivals can be disruptive to other students,
- The instructors can't allow siblings to sit in on class, and
limit the number of parents in class to two [arranged in advance,
see the instructor's welcome message for additional details] -- the
space doesn't permit more, and, again, they need to keep everyone
focused and working and avoid distractions.
- Instructors can only speak to parents before or after class, not
- Each child should bring a notebook with graph
paper (not lined),dedicated to the Math Circle, small pencil case
with a few pencils, markers or colored pencils, an eraser, a glue
stick, and scissors with rounded edges. The instructors will have a
few extra supplies on hand if someone forgets. All other needed
materials will be provided.
- Math circle homework is an essential part of the
class. It is important to spend some time with your child
discussing what was done in class and spending (not necessarily
solving) time working on the homework problems.
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