Research validates the value of conceptual teaching in mathematics. That being said, the value of a balanced math program - with a quality, high level problem-solving component as well as computational practice - cannot be overemphasized. Beginning with our youngest learners, basic concepts necessary to think mathematically are taught using manipulatives such as geoboards, unit blocks, and tangrams in small group settings. Problem-solving and the development of critical thinking skills are key components in mathematics instruction as students become proficient in number relationships. In Middle School, students are offered mathematics instruction customized to the individual student. As our students grow and develop, goals include the ability to think, reason, and communicate mathematically, the development of positive attitudes about mathematics, and the mastery of the skills necessary to be accurate problem solvers.