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Bedtime Math



Daily problem can help kids make math a habit.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about how to solve math problems by thinking -- and potentially talking -- them through with an adult. (Writing the process down is 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. Parents will need to determine which question is best suited for their child; the site doesn't offer specific guidance. With a little help from Mom and Dad and some practice on Bedtime Math, kids will come up with mental math solutions that will help them prepare for real-life situations that involve mathematical calculations.

Positive messages

Kids can gain confidence by solving simple math problems, which helps prepare them to deal with mathematical situations in their daily lives.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bedtime Math provides a daily math problem for different age groups, generally pre-K, K–Grade 2, and Grade 2 and up, although specific ages aren't listed. The site's intent is to make math a regular occurrence for families. Answers are included, so kids won't get too frustrated if they can't figure a problem out; parents may want to read the problem to their children to make it more challenging. Kids can share items on social media but can't interact with others on the site; for additional information on the site's use of personal information, be sure to check out its privacy policy

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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.

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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 such as writing or science for the algebra fans and music, architecture, or photography for the geometry fans.

Website details

Subjects:Math: arithmetic, estimation, measurement, numbers
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: logic, problem solving, solving puzzles
Topics:Numbers and letters
Pricing structure:Free

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Educator and Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written bykellymorrison February 18, 2014

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.
Educator and Parent Written byAAltair April 17, 2013

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
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