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Math: It's Elementary!

Posted by bdp6740@gmail.com on January 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM

I teach Social Studies, which carries with it the presumption that I cannot do math. In my case, this is an accurate stereotype, but I don't think that it needed to be. Growing up I had conditioned myself to believe that I was not "good at math". Truth be told, I didn't practice enough at math to say that I wasn't good at it. Once I had my own children I resolved myself to make sure that my children were of the mindset that there wasn't anything they couldn't be good at as long as they practiced; academically speaking math has taken center stage. 

There is a plethora of tools I recommend for teachers, parents, and children for improving math skills, and you can find them on the tools page on this site.  However, I want to focus on a tool that I started using with my children called SplashMath.  This tool has an array of lessons and diagnostic information that you can use to monitor, adjust, and gauge your child's progress.

Let me begin by saying that SplashMath is not totally free and can be very expensive for a classroom ($239/year) and even more so for a district ($2000/year).  However, there is a free trial and the iOS app is free, but limits students to fifteen questions/day.  Given the attention span of little ones this might be enough anyway. That being said, I'm looking from this from a parent's perspective first and secondarily a teacher.  The free trial gives you access to limited lessons, but by inviting five people you can get access to unlimited lessons for a month.  This is long enough to decide whether or not you want to purchase the program.  The strengths of this program are the diversity of skills taught to the students, the curriculum alignment to common core, and the tools with which a teacher/parent can monitor their students.  

As I mentioned earlier, SplashMath is available as a native app on the iOS store and can be accessed on an Android tablet as well; if there's a native app for Android I haven't found it yet.  Overall I am very pleased with this tool and plan on continuing to use it with my children.  Below is a quick tutorial on some of the basics of SplashMath.  I highly recommend you give it a try.  As usual, if you have any questions don't hesistate to ask.  

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