What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
This creative twist on the typical bedtime story is a novel way to mix up nighttime routines -- and encourage kids to practice math skills.
Solving simple math problems, such as calculating a percentage off a price or how to multiply the cost of takeout food, will help kids connect math to everyday life.
The site sponsors a Crazy8s after-school math club that schools and public libraries can sign up to host. It also offers a summer reading program, a book series, a blog, an app, and a guide for teachers to show parents how to use the site.
What's it about?
Founded by a math-minded mom who holds an astrophysics degree from Princeton, BEDTIME MATH posts a mathematical problem (and answer) each day. Parents can share the exercise with kids through the site or receive it in a daily email. Mathematical challenges feature four questions: one for wee, little, and big kids and a more difficult option for older users.
Is it any good?
The site's math problems are written like a story, which should help capture kids' interest, even if they aren't necessarily math-minded. The daily challenges nicely tie in to real-world scenarios, which can help kids transfer the skills they learn to their lives, and the frequency provides a nice way to build problem-solving into every evening. That said, the site's structure doesn't make it easy to find anything but the latest math problem. Previous problems are listed, but they aren't labeled by topic or mathematical concept. Each item features several questions to let parents customize the problem to best fit their child's skill level; but specific ages or grade levels aren't listed, which may frustrate parents who aren't sure initially if their child fits into the little kids, big kids, or another category. As a result, the site will likely be most effective if parents use it with their kids, to provide guidance and, when needed, help. Kids can easily find the answer to each problem -- but the journey is the whole point.
Families can talk about...
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 such as writing or science for the algebra fans and music, architecture, or photography for the geometry fans.