# Little Monsters Help Elementary Students Become "Math Beasts"

## Art of Problem Solving releases the first four books in its new math curriculum for elementary school students. The series uses an engaging comic book format to deliver superb math instruction.

Who better to explain math to elementary school students than a tentacled ex-pirate shop teacher, a bumbling two-headed custodian, and a caped villain with a love of alliteration? These are just a few of the many math beasts who teach mathematical problem solving in a way that children and parents alike will find irresistible. In a new book series from Art of Problem Solving, we follow the math education of four little monsters at Beast Academy.

“As U.S. students fall further behind their international counterparts, there is a clear need for new approaches to math instruction,” says author Jason Batterson. “In the Beast Academy series, we combine the 2010 Common Core State standards with some fascinating math topics not often taught at the elementary level, and deliver them in a comic book style that is immediately appealing to elementary school students.”

While the colorful characters of Beast Academy keep the presentation fun and engaging, the depth of instruction is unparalleled in any other elementary math curriculum. For example, the 3rd grade books released today include standard topics like perimeter and area, but explore these concepts beyond rectangles to include regular polygons, rectilinear shapes, and composite figures.

The little monsters who are the focus of the series work through tough problems in a way that mirrors the intuitions of young learners. This makes even the most difficult topics approachable. Readers are given just enough guidance to make the correct conclusions on their own. “When you discover something, you understand it much better than if someone just tells it to you,” says Art of Problem Solving founder and CEO Richard Rusczyk.

Each comic book Guide has a companion Practice book with problems and puzzles ranging from basic exercises to problems that will stretch the minds of most parents. Hints are offered for the most difficult problems, and full solutions offer some of the most thorough explanations available in any math book for young children.

The Beast Academy series makes mathematical problem solving entertaining while maintaining the rigor that has made Art of Problem Solving the premier site for high-performing middle and high school math students in North America.

The publisher, Art of Problem Solving, produces books, classes, and online materials for outstanding math students. Learn more at http://www.artofproblemsolving.com.

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