Do you worry about helping your child with their maths homework?
Are you home educating your child and dreading the daily maths lessons?
Is your child falling behind in maths at school because they need more time to understand and practise the basic principles?
Perhaps your child is bright at maths and needs to go faster than the rest of the class to stay interested?
When my daughter lost confidence in maths a few years ago, I subscribed to a then-new online animated maths tutor, Maths-Whizz. Within a few months Tilly was not only right back where she should be, but was actually working at least a year above expectations for her age group at school (and sadly she had taken Maths Whizz as far as it would go). She enjoyed her animated lessons and games, and was never reluctant to sign in to her "room". She has remained confident with maths ever since.
Since then, Maths-Whizz has gone from strength to strength.
* It has added an extra two years to its offering, and now caters for children from 5 to 13.
* It has successfully entered the US market with Math-Whizz.
* Over 4000 schools in both the UK and US have signed up for its online services as well as over 30,000 home users.
* Results over the years have shown that students who use Maths-Whizz for at least 45 minutes a week get better at maths.
And now a free version has been launched which offers a "taster" of the Whizz service - and I'm thrilled that I am able to offer that free version for you within Activity Village. All you need to do is click on the link, choose whether you are following a UK or US curriculum, and create a free account - then your child can start getting better at maths!
Incidentally, Whizz have furnished me with the following interesting facts:
* Students typically make an internal decision in their own mind by the age of 9 on whether they are good at maths or not. Once they have made that decision it is hard to turn it around if it is negative.
* Students who are confident and good at maths at primary/elementary school typically end up doing well in maths at secondary school. Students who struggle by the end of primary/elementary school usually fail in maths at secondary school.
* Students who leave secondary school with a pass grade in maths have, statistically, higher incomes in their working life.
* Being confident in maths contributes to success in other school subjects.
In simple terms, the sooner you support them to become confident in maths, the better their future prospects are.
OK, but why personalised tutoring? Isn’t school enough?
Each child really has their own unique maths profile. This is why it is so difficult for teachers in school to cater for every child’s individual needs – because they are all so different! More confident students may find their “maths age” (ability) is ahead of their actual age, whereas less confident students may find their “maths age” is lower than their actual age. Furthermore, their ability may vary across the different topics. An eight year old may find that she is ahead in addition, but struggling and behind in fractions.
It is virtually impossible for a teacher to cater to each individual child’s specific needs in a school / classroom scenario. As a result many students who don’t use Maths-Whizz, or some other form private tuition, find they are unchallenged or, worse, left behind and can lose confidence and fail to reach their potential as a result.
This can affect students for the rest of their lives. Many adults lack confidence in basic maths and this can affect their personal confidence, earnings and employment prospects.
Give your child the Maths-Whizz Advantage! Compared to other forms of tutoring, such as private tuition or taking your child to learning centres like Kumon, Maths-Whizz Tutoring Plus:
* is more fun, which means students gain more enjoyment out of maths
* provides you with measurable results (you can view those with live progress reports)
* is more convenient. Access over the internet from the comfort of your home
* generates proven results (see website for details)
* is better value for money.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Do you worry about helping your child with their maths homework?
Labels: Games and Activities
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Some of our rangoli colouring pages
Jack painting his rangoli design outside
Monday, September 21, 2009
Children - boys in particular - enjoy inventing, drawing and playing with "monsters" - especially as monsters break all the rules and have as many eyes and legs and tails and colours as children can imagine! We have some really cute monsters in our new monsters theme, and you will find some imaginative monster craft ideas, cute monster printable games, monster worksheets and story starters ... in sort, lots for monster fans! And of course, monsters are fun at Halloween, too...
Good practice for little hands! Use these Halloween cutting shapes to make a mobile, decorate the house, or stick to cards and invitations.
Halloween Cutting Shapes
We've got lots of new printable Halloween games today: a matching game, a sorting game and a set of Halloween dominoes...
Monday, September 14, 2009
We've added some great new Halloween printables to the site over the weekend.
10 new designs this year, each of which can be printed blank, with handwriting lines, or lined for older kids. Great for all writing projects at home and school...
These are designed for the classroom but are fun for home too. Print out 2 posters to display with Halloween words...
Halloween Words Posters
Print, fold and read - or practice writing on traceable letters. 3 mini-booklets on a Halloween theme!
Halloween Words Booklets
Lots more Halloween Printables
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Grandparent's Day Printables
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Autumn / Fall Printables
Autumn / Fall Coloring Pages
The game is another way for children to extend their enjoyment of the series and magazine. Children can play with De Li and her ‘Narabug’, helping to collect strawberries to share with the other Piplings. In addition, the game will give young children the opportunity to learn to mark the launch of Waybuloo Magazine, the pre-school title based on the new CBeebies programme and the first magazine to help children learn about feelings, understand emotions and their impact on the world around them. and develop their computer skills.
Waybuloo is the first pre-school magazine to help children learn about feelings and understand emotions. Through their engagement with De Li, Nok Tok, Lau Lau and Yojojo (the ‘Piplings’) in the land of Nara, the magazine aims to help a child’s development in a number of ways:
- Feeling Good – helping children to understand how to care about themselves, their world and other people;
- Communication – having fun sharing stories, making choices, thinking and talking about feelings and emotions;
- Being Creative – confidently making things for themselves and others;
- Finding Out – discovering more about things in the natural world and learning to appreciate them;
- Physical Development – keeping fit and healthy with the Piplings, eating fruit & vegetables and trying yogo (a simple, gentle form of yoga).
Social skills involving sharing, interaction and expressing views are viewed by parents as valuable to a child's development, so children’s educational specialist and editor of Waybuloo Magazine, Stephanie Cooper, has put together some fun and practical activities to encourage really positive behaviour with young children.
Read Stephanie's suggestions here:
8 Activities to Aid Social and Emotional Learning in your Child
Thursday, September 03, 2009
By Nancy Kelsey Smith
With the school year having already started for most and on the verge of starting for many, problems that were "tucked away" during the summer months are now back in full force. Parents often battle mixed emotions as they send their children off to school, happy to have them back on a scheduled routine and sad that they'll see less of them for the next 9 months. First time mothers of kindergartener's are often reluctant to accept that their little ones are now going to be "out into the world", realizing that they are stepping into new territory from which there is no turning back. For others, the end of summer hasn't come soon enough. For the millions of two working parent families, covering the bases for their kids during the summer months is a tough assignment.
But what about the kids? How are they feeling about beginning a new school year?Continue reading Helping Our Children Survive Their School Years
By Jayce Broda
The great thing about having young children is that your perspective can be their perspective. You just have to sell it right. For example, today I took my kids to volunteer at our local humane society. Now even-though they spent most of the time picking up dog poo, all three are pumped to do it again next week. Why you ask? How is that possible? Because to them, it was not a crappy job. It was a chance to show how they could help animals in need. It showed how they could help a dog be adopted, who would otherwise be euthanized. It was a chance for them to show mom and dad how they could do a job all by themselves. By the time we left the dog shelter, our kids felt like heroes. I spent time the day before talking to them about the above points; I sold them a positive perspective on cleaning up dog poo...
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This is my favourite of our series of "Learn A Skill Videos" for kids. My kids and I have been practising the wave, the glide and the robot and we haven't laughed so much in a long time. Of course, it's really me they are laughing at! I just wish I had learned to do this when I was the same age as this boy, who is really incredible.
More Learn A New Skill Videos
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
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