The title says, "*Welcome to the Comprehensive School Mathematics Program Preservation Project*." (a.k.a. CSMP) I hope that long title doesn't scare you off because this

**math program for grades K-6th**actually looks quite innovative and interesting.

One of the program author's, a faculty member of Buffalo State College, writes, "CSMP was developed to be an exemplary curriculum by National Institute of Education for others to emulate. While many pieces have been adapted, some thirty years later **there are few curricula that compare**."

**How does CSMP teach math?**

Here is a brief overview of CSMP, found in the introduction to the first grade teacher's book:

"....you will discover a definite *CSMP *viewpoint about elementary school mathematics, one we hope you will come to understand and share. **Part of that viewpoint is that learning takes place when students react to interesting real-life or fantasy situations** (sometimes called a *pedagogy of situations), *such as those in stories or games. You’ll find that *CSMP *presents situations that involve students personally and allow arithmetic to take the form of adventures in the world of numbers.

**CSMP ****teachers do not stick to one topic until it is mastered.** Indeed, our experience indicates that learning often stops when the purpose of a lesson is merely the mastery of a skill." (*this is also known as the "spiral" approach to math*)

**Testimonials found in CSMP's ****guestbook**:

*I grew up with CSMP math and it definitely helped me once I started Algebra in 7th grade. I think this curriculum explains algebraic concepts better than the average pre-algebra program. I'm glad someone is preserving it.*- Martha

*LOVING IT NOW AS MUCH AS 20 YEARS AGO!*- Debby

*I used this curriculum in elementary school and am now about to begin homeschooling my 5 year old daughter and am excited to have found it to use with her*. - Jeremy

*I used the CSMP program and LOVED it back in the late 80's. I'm looking for materials so I can use them for my gifted 3rd and 4th graders*. - Kathy

**Links to the CSMP program:**