Parents understand that math is important, but recent research shows how overwhelmingly critical it truly is for children.
A recent report from the University of Denver’s Kennedy Institute details numerous surprises that have been discovered about early age math. In fact, this report is what lead to the creation of Elephant Learning. With a baby on the way, our founder realized that there has to be a better way!
In fact, preschool math scores even predict results into high school! One study showed that doing more mathematics increases oral language abilities even when measured between school years.
When children are playing, they actually engage in concepts that are more advanced than we realize. Has your daughter ever had a tea party and evenly split the cookies? That’s division! More tea? Addition! Children explore patterns, shapes, and spatial relations, compare magnitudes and count objects. This is true regardless of gender or income level.
Numerous studies over many different countries and professionals have shown that children are underestimated. When given the opportunity to play the math learning games, children showed much more potential than adults think they have.
When children enter kindergarten, many are behind their peers in math skills. This is true even in highly funded communities. As seen on the chart below, 4 out of 5 students enter kindergarten already behind. That being said, even the top 20% benefited from individualized attention.
Despite the numbers looking dire, with no improvements over the years, researchers know a lot about how to teach math.
Elephant Learning is a compilation of all the latest research. We cut out the middleman, and have the researchers write activities directly for the consumer. With technology and research from their colleagues at the University of Denver, Professor Arias and Dr. Nagrath created Elephant Learning to be the most effective software for teaching math.
The results have been astonishing. Children who attend our academy gained an average of a 1.5 years of math knowledge in just 3 months by using our technology for just 30 minutes a week. In fact, we even guarantee the results.
Compared to anything else out there, Elephant Learning is hands down the most effective way of learning math. Learn more here about the academy and technology: https://www.elephantlearning.com/
Math anxiety — a fear of getting math concepts and problems wrong and the resulting avoidance of math because of that — is something I’ve seen many times over my life and not just in children. It’s just as prevalent in adults and, believe it or not, despite my PhD in math, I experienced math anxiety as a child, too. While some children allowed their math anxiety to grow into a lifelong avoidance of math, mine fueled my competitive spirit and led me to push ahead of my peers, learning advanced math concepts even when I wasn’t able to get into the advanced math classes my middle school offered.
It is never too late to understand math. At a young age, many of us had the experience of being told that “we are just not a numbers person.” Books have been written on this social phenomena, and half of all Americans report Math anxiety. As it turns out, mathematics is really about learning jargon, a jargon that is so fundamental to humanity that we consider it vocabulary.
At the end of the day, algebra comes down to these three steps: define, recognize and produce. No matter if your child is in middle school or a PhD math program, it’s all about defining (can you understand it?), recognizing (can you identify it?), and producing (can you use it to produce results or new research?). If you can help your child with these three aspects of algebra at home, they’ll be better set up for success in the classroom and the future.
Most students learn to multiply in school by memorizing their multiplication tables. There’s nothing wrong with memorizing multiplication tables, but a child must know what the multiplication tables mean. If they’re multiplying seven by six, they need to have that picture in the back of their head of six groups of seven or seven groups of six. If not, they don’t have a true understanding of what multiplication actually is and it won’t serve them later on in life.Take, for example, a child who knows that five times four is 20. She can solve the multiplication problem with ease.
In early elementary education, the first concepts that we work with are counting and comparisons — that is, quantity comparisons versus what's bigger and smaller. We might show a child an image of four objects and an image with 12 objects, and ask them to identify which has more or fewer. It's important for children to know the difference because it sets the stage for addition and subtraction.
Making math fun for your child within the confines of your everyday world is easy. Let’s say you’re walking down the sidewalk with your child and they say, “Oh, there’s a train.” That’s an opportunity for you to ask how many train cars they can see. How many engines are on the train? Even if it’s just their toys sitting out on the floor, you could ask them, “Can you give me three toy dogs right now?” Then your child has to identify what’s a dog, what’s not a dog and how many of them equal three.Take whatever your child can identify and formulate a math lesson that’s on their level.