This is one of the most advanced programs in the world and used in Russia and former CIS countries as the primary program for extra-curriculum math.

It was developed over a 50-year span by the top Soviet and Russian Mathematicians, same ones who sent the 1st man into space!

Amongst one of them is Lyudmila Georgievna Peterson, the woman who developed the "Build Your Own Math" program.

**Who is L. G. Peterson and what is the essence of her system?**

Lyudmila Georgievna Peterson - teacher-methodologist, doctor of pedagogical sciences. She was born in 1950, and since 1975, under the guidance of leading Soviet mathematicians such as Naum Vilenkin and Georgy Dorofeev, she has been developing a course of continuous mathematics education. The first manuals are intended for children of three years old, the last - for students of the ninth grade. In the 1990s, the technique began to be widely used in kindergartens and schools.

Unlike the traditional method, the Peterson system implies that the child must come to all decisions on his own. There is no place for the standard scheme, when the teacher explains the topic, the children learn, solve the tasks, write the test and move on.

At first, they are given a more difficult task than they can solve, they express ideas, offer options and, in the end, under the guidance of a teacher, they rediscover mathematical laws.

Children acquire important skills: they learn to overcome difficulties, go beyond ready-made solutions and invent their own, critically evaluate information. Among other things, they rejoice at their discoveries and victories, and what they thought of themselves is much harder to forget.

**How it works?**

In a traditional school, multiplication takes place like this: the teacher writes an expression, for example, 5 + 5 + 5, and then says that it can be written more simply, introduces a new sign, the concept of multiplication, explains the rules.

In the Peterson system, it looks quite differently: “The school has 856 students. For the holiday, everyone decided to buy a book at a price of 120 dollars. How much does the purchase cost? " Students try to write 120 + 120 + 120 ... but quickly realize that this will not work, they need to figure out how to write an expression differently, in which there are many identical terms. They look for their own ways and eventually come to the idea of multiplication.

The principle "not a student for mathematics, but mathematics for a student" works. That is, the child not only masters the school curriculum, but develops thinking.

**It's clear with thinking, but what about these children with classical mathematics?**

According to the Center "School 2000 ...", which prepares teachers to work according to the Peterson method, children show good results in the final exams. For fourth-graders, the success rates are from 82 to 100%. From 71 to 85% of schoolchildren take the exam above the average score.

Many participants in math olympiads of various levels studied in elementary or high school using Peterson's textbooks. For example, in the *Russian National* math team there are more than half of them.

**Maybe this system is for gifted children? What if my child has average abilities?**

The Peterson program is indeed often used in specialized mathematics schools or classes, but the author of the method is sure that it is suitable for everyone. And for children who do not show exceptional ability in mathematics, such developmental activities are even more useful: those who were considered lagging often level out and become strong.

Students are offered tasks up to the most difficult ones, but they are asked at the minimum acceptable level. Thus, each student takes as much workload and knowledge as he can master, but everyone fulfills the mandatory minimum.

**What do the parents say?**

As a rule, if the technique is followed, it is not difficult for children - they are fascinated by it. Children often do their homework in mathematics as the most interesting and enjoyable.

It happens that teachers in the fifth grade do not understand what to do with children after elementary school according to Peterson - they already know everything

The system is well thought out and focused on understanding, not memorization, so children can take a deeper look at math, appreciate its beauty. Most schoolchildren in all 11 grades seem to be engaged in musical notation, but at the same time they do not even hear how mathematics “sounds”. And these children hear.

The emphasis in the program is on logic and the development of abstract thinking, which will be useful in life even for the humanities. And mathematically gifted children participate in Olympiads, they enter physics and mathematics schools and technical universities.

And, finally, the very thing for which everything was started: if in the traditional system a student forgets the solution algorithm, he fails the task. Those who study according to Peterson know how to create algorithms and deduce formulas on their own. This is not just about mathematics.