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A great way to make math a fun part of each day.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Solving simple mental math problems will build confidence and prepare kids for mathematical situations in their daily lives. The site presents problems at different levels of difficulty and encourages parents to keep things fun and challenging -- but not to the point of frustration.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bedtime Math is an educational site that provides a daily math problem for three different age groups: Pre-K, K-2nd grade, and 2nd grade and up. Bedtime Math intends for parents and kids to talk over the problems at bedtime. Since Bedtime Math prints answers just below its problems, parents should read the problems to kids instead of letting kids go to the site themselves.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • arithmetic
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This creative twist on the bedtime story is an equally effective way to get kids to settle down before going to sleep. Kids will find it a novel way to mix up the nightly routine.

Learning Approach

Solving simple math problems, like calculating a percentage off a price or doubling a recipe for dinner, will help kids connect math to everyday life. 

Support

Answers appear just below the problems. Kids can then chart their progress on a free, downloadable monthly calendar. There is also a guide for teachers that shows how to get parents involved in using the site.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • arithmetic
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn to solve math problems using mental math (if they need pencil and paper, that's OK, too). Problems for younger kids involve addition, subtraction, and a single step while older kids' may need multiplication, division, and multiple steps to solve their problems. Solving mental math problems will build confidence and prepare kids for situations involving math in their daily lives.

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What's it about?

Every day BEDTIME MATH provides a story with a math problem and answers. Parents can share the problem with kids from the site or receive a daily newsletter. Kids can then solve the problem and chart their progress on a free, downloadable monthly calendar. There is also a guide for teachers that shows how to get parents involved in using the site.

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QUALITY
 

Bedtime Math is a creative twist on the bedtime story and can be an equally effective way to get kids to settle down before going to sleep. The math problems are age appropriate and the numbers can be swapped if kids in the same age group want different problems. Bedtime Math is part of a larger organization that supports STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and educators are involved in creating the problems. It’s not required to do Bedtime Math’s problems at bedtime, but why not? It’s a novel way to mix up the nightly routine.

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  • Families can talk about how technology can be a positive influence on kids’ progress. Check out our tips for using technology wisely as a learning tool.

  • Does your child prefer one type of math problem over another? Algebra problems rely on logic and symbols while geometry is spatial and usually associated with figures. Observe your child’s preferences and see how they take to related interests like writing or science for the algebraists and music, architecture, or photography for the geometers.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Numbers and letters
Pricing structure:Free

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Educator and Parent Written byAAltair April 17, 2013
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Great idea, okay execution

I am really quite supportive of the concept. I think nightly math is a GREAT idea. Unfortunately, the math in these nightly posts isn't very creative or encompassing of all the things that make up math. In fact, I think she leaves out most of what makes math fun, focusing in too tightly on what we think "math" is. Every problem for the "wee ones" is counting. Every problem for "Little Kids" is basic addition, some subtraction, and some place values. Every problem for "Big Kids" is again basic calculation.

Although these are age-appropriate math problems, they are missing most of what training for mathematical thinking needs to encompass. Never do the problems use shape matching, pattern prediction, measurement or other basic concepts that would be easy to incorporate into a daily math problem with your kids.

It is a great start for families with mathphobia in the parents, but I'd like to see more diversity of "what is math" and more fun added in.

Math is AWESOME and everywhere, it is hard to conceive of a situation in which you can't apply some kind of math.

So, I'm doing my own with my child. Kudos to BedtimeMath for making me think of it, and Kudos to BedtimeMath for getting this concept to a lot of people. I look forward to when she improves it.

-a Science and Math Educator

What other families should know
Great messages
Too much consumerism
Educator and Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written bythurstonsmom February 18, 2014
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LEARNING

Bedtime Math makes math fun

I have been using Bedtime Math with my 5 and 8 year old for the past week. They love that there is a new story each night, and they especially love the videos. (In fact, they made me play them twice.) I appreciate that they have created math problems for varying ages out of a single story.

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