What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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.
Is it any good?
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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