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JMA is an after-school math enrichment program. We provide time-tested unique Japanese math instruction to K-8 students. Our mission is to help students accelerate learning at every level and get ahead of their class in a collaborative small-group setting. Our students build a critical foundation by applying the learned tools and develop their own problem-solving skills. They learn to work independently and achieve results beyond their own expectations. 

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What sets JMA apart

Small Class Size

Group work encourage active learning. In order to customize the content to meet the specific needs of each group, class size is limited to 4-5 students. 

Visualization Method

Line method teaches how to break down a whole problem into parts to see the relationship of numbers by drawing lines and pictures. 

Content Sequence

The efficient ordering of the content improves the learners' understanding. The more meaningful the content, the easier it is to learn.

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Pilar Botana Martinez

My daughter took 5th grade math at JMA last year and we saw the results in weeks. Her math solving skills improved greatly and she now feels super confident about 6th grade math. The Japanese math method is based on breaking problems into smaller, logical pieces, which helped my daughter “navigate and digest” complex mathematical concepts with ease.  Hiroko is a great teacher, thoughtful, respectful, and patient, who can adapt to the different learning styles of the students. Because of the COVID pandemic, classes had to be moved from in-person to video conference, and Hiroko quickly adapted to the virtual environment and classes where held with the same schedule, format, and attention to detail. Last year my younger daughter in 1st grade participated in a pilot program and actually enjoyed it! She’s now enrolled for the fall term, so she can build a solid math foundation early on.

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Deane Coady

Retired teacher with Wayland Public Schools

I can’t tell you how happy and relieved I was when my two grandkids, ages 6 and 9, started math tutoring with Hiroko.  COVID hit, schools were closed, and I scrambled to help my daughter and son-in-law put together a home schooling plan.  Knowing that math would be professionally taught took away some of the pressure we were feeling.  We had enough to cover with reading, writing, science and social studies, not to mention extra curricular activities. I asked my fourth grader granddaughter what she thought of the tutoring with Hiroko: “It helped me understand math better.”  My first grader grandson said: “I liked it better than math in school.  I liked doing the mazes; sometimes there was a giant monster, if I did the wrong answer!”

Hiroko is a calm, patient, personable teacher.  My grandkids felt very relaxed and engaged throughout the lessons.  Thank you Hiroko.

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Parent, Ridley School

Our son has been working with Hiroko at the JMA for almost three years. The overall experience has been fantastic. Hiroko has a deep understanding and appreciation for math curricula and how the JMA approach fits into what a child is learning in school. She also is an incredibly kind person with a clear passion for education. Her differentiated system adjusts to a child’s abilities and endeavors to instill a true understanding of math.  While JMA is rigorous, it does not inundate a student with an unreasonable workload. We are so thankful for having found JMA as it has been such an important part of our son’s growth in mathematics. 

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Parent, Ridley School

JMA has been instrumental in building confidence in math for my 5th grade son (we started when he was in 3rd grade). 

Hiroko is very patient, calm and encouraging in teaching math concepts in a way that he can digest and at his level.  I have seen significant improvement in my son's comfort level when faced with math problems and we are grateful for the support that JMA has been throughout his learning process. 

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