Did you know children that do more math are better
readers, writers, speakers, and problem solvers?
It is true! The research also shows that early math scores are a predictor of scores in ALL subjects.
Too many times, children get to college and then choose their major based on the math requirements. For example, we met a colleague who had mentioned to us that she wanted to be a Physics major in college, but the differential equations and calculus warded her off to a different subject. In fact, we found out that 69% of STEM majors switch majors to a major with less math and only 1 out of 4 high school students are actually proficient at graduation.
What is not known, is these deficiencies started in early age. Almost 50% of 1st and 2nd graders report having math anxiety along with 50% of ALL Americans. Why would you choose a major heavy in math when addition and subtraction make you anxious? You wouldn't, and you would have fairly hard time in math class for most of your natural life. That's not the experience we want our children to have. We would much rather they enjoy the classroom experience.
Math is Important! Yet children and parents continue to have anxiety. - So how do you relieve this anxiety?
What we know is that 4 out of 5 children start kindergarten unprepared for the curriculum. What makes this problem sad is that the curriculum starts at counting to 20. The problem is that at a conceptual level, children are behind. Mathematics is not a language that is easy to describe and takes a lot of play to associate the language to the concepts. So really, our children are simply deficient at learning the numbers.
Think about it! The reason why children have issues working word problems, are because they do not understand how the concepts affect real life. For example, at a scholarship give away, we would have children play games where there are 5 groups of 4 objects, and we would watch them count all the objects. Afterwards, we would ask them what 5x4 and they immediately say 20. They know that 5x4 is 20, but they do not understand that multiplication is a tool to solve the problem. This is what we mean when we talk about learning the concepts.
"But What You Are Saying Is That We Just Have To Teach Children to Count..." - Yes! But That Is Not Even The Most Surprising Part!
It turns out that the research shows that children understand extremely advanced math concepts at early age! In fact, they exhibit many of those concepts during playtime. For example, a 4 year old girl dividing the tea equally at a pretend play date. That is the concept of division, and if a trained observer were watching and labelled it for them, that would be all that is necessary.
The benefits do not stop there. For example, because the child is using the mathematics to solve a concrete problem in real life, they are applying the math which is what is even MORE important than understanding.
All we have to do, is teach them the concepts in the right order, and then, instead of fearing math, they would understand it in the classroom and there would be no anxiety!
In Math Education, Timing Is Everything...
Math builds on top of itself. If one does not understand counting and numbers, it is very difficult to understand addition. If one does not understand addition, one cannot understand multiplication. Trying to teach multiplication to a child that doesn't understand addition only frustrates the child and the teacher...
Therefore, if you want to teach children mathematics you need to know what they understand. This is harder than it sounds. Suppose someone want to determine if a child understands addition. What would we do? "Hey Johnny, what is 5+4?" Johnny will quickly reply "9". All good? Not necessarily... what we would have to do is put out 5 objects and then 4 more objects and see if Johnny counts and understands what is happening and the language that falls around it.
It Is Difficult For Parents, It Is Impossible For Teachers!
But how could we accomplish the same task in a group setting in a timely manner? How would you have the time to evaluate 20 students each day and how could you ensure you always lecture so children understand?
That is why parents need to be involved in the educational process and it is also why it does not matter how good the school or teacher is, it is nearly impossible for the schools to know which child understands these concepts and which is memorizing. Only YOU can ensure that your child understands the math that will be taught before your child enters the classroom.
Math Matters is here to help you. Our goal is to empower children with mathematics!
Automated Math Academy
Elephant Learning is by far the best education tool we have seen. They use math puzzles and activities to test understanding and teach concepts. Children in their system learn math concepts using manipulatives. They have an initial evaluation that allows them to place a students quickly and extremely detailed reports that allow you to easily understand how your child is doing on a deeper level. Parental advice allows you to incorporate mathematics into everyday life. The coursework feels like gameplay and it only takes 30 minutes a week. Children in their system learn over a year of math with 3 months of use.
Cost: $35/month for up to 3 students.
Scholarships available based on merit.
Here is what Elephant Learning has to offer:
- Coursework plays like fun puzzle games: The coursework feels like math puzzles. Because the algorithms constantly analyze, after the initial evaluation, we are always presenting math concepts at the right time!
- In Depth Reporting Keep You Up To Date: Detailed reports boil the math down to one single number that is easy to understand. The Elephant Age is your child's "real" math age. It lets you know how they measure up and how they are progressing at the same time.
- Parental Activities: Elephant Learning provides activities that you can play with your child in order to keep them practicing at their level. So for example, when your child has learned to produce 6 (produce 6 items), then we advise you to play board games. They have to identify the number from the die, and produce that number to move their piece. Elephant Learning even gives you hints on how to coach your children.
Jeremiah Learned Over 2 years Of Math
Jeremiah started in our system with understanding two digit numbers. In just the spring quarter, he was able to progress to early multiplication and division.
Ethan Learned 4 years Of Math!
Ethan started counting with us, and is almost complete with multiplication and division and is now undertaking the fraction curriculum. All since February 2017.
Cecilia Learned Over 3 years Of Math
We are so proud of Cecilia! She started in our system at kindergarten level math and is now multiplying, dividing, and working with fractions.
William Learned Almost 2 years Of Math
William is just a 3 year old that understands first grade math. In less than 3 months, we took him from counting to addition and subtraction. Now that William will understand the teacher and curriculum coming into school, he will not have any issues keeping up in class. Staying within our system, William will be introduced to concepts typically reserved for older children. The sooner he understands them, the sooner he can move on to more complex topics such as writing code or understanding physics.
The Educational App Store Has Rated Elephant Learning 5 Stars.
"It is clear that the developers have an in-depth understanding of how Maths should be taught and they can "be commended for the system they have developed... We believe that this could be the basis of mathematical learning for the future and that is why it has been awarded our five-star rating."
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If your child uses Elephant Learning 30 minutes per a week, after 3 months they will have learned at least 1 year of math. That is less than 5 minutes a day to ensure your child's future success.
"Elephant Learning is the most effective math platform ever invented. Almost every child in our system has learned at least 1 year of math in 10 weeks. That is why we are confident in guaranteeing the results.”
Dr. Alvaro Arias PhD
Professor of Mathematics
University of Denver