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5 Easy Strategies For Teaching Math To Your Kids

We all remember struggling with times table worksheets as kids. We may not have had the best teachers to guide us, but you can be the ideal teacher that kids need and help them strive in Math! Personally, I remember math being fun up until grade 11. (This is when we started calculus.) I always had great teachers that explained concepts well and I enjoyed the logic and puzzle side of Math.

I think I stopped enjoying math during because

  1. Concepts were not taught well
  2. Less practice
  3. Not fun anymore

It’s important to go beyond the pencil and paper to make math a learning revel in that’s fun for you and your kids. Math can be quite simple, and this short guide goes over 5 easy strategies that you can use to help teach Math to your kids. (Or even yourself!)

Counting / Arithmetic

1, 2, 3, 4…

Teaching math begins with your child knowing numbers. Counting is the first stepping step in learning math. You can help them discover ways of counting such as

  • Using your hands as well as their hands to count to 10
  • Counting the amount of toys they have
  • Make a song out of numbers

Start small (ex. 1 – 10) and incrementally move on (ex. 11 – 20 and so on.)

Children may also respond better to memorizing numbers you repeat or may also pick up numbers by seeing you counting from one to ten. A method that may work for one in all your children might not be right for another. Gauge every toddler individually. (ThoughtCo)

Once your child has the foundation of counting, you’re well equipped to move on and work on some simple math principles.

Playing Math Games

Just doing math work sheets can be boring. With kids having access to iPads, computers and phones at younger ages, math games and apps can be a powerful tool for academic success. Math can grow to become an enjoyment for kids rather than an educational drill.

Here are a list of current video games on the market that your child can use to learn math skills.

  1. Hi Ho Cherry-O
  2. Monster Math
  3. Splash Math
  4. Kids Math
  5. Learny (Launching Soon)

Most Unique

All of these apps are fun and provide a positive learning environment for children and a great start for math games. What makes Learny unique is that unlike these apps, children get rewarded for doing their math homework. You can earn “Learny Bucks” by practicing math and redeem them for prizes such as Fortnite V-bucks, Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels, NERF and so much more.

Visit http://www.learny.co to get early access!

Most Popular

Monster Math has a great practice app with a thrilling story line as well as being able to “journey through multiple worlds”. With over 1 million users, this app is a great tool to help children learn in a fun environment.

Get an Abacus

Even the smallest hands love sliding abacus beads back and forth along the wire. An abacus can be used to teach kids addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

According to FasTracKids an Abacus is considered to be one of the fastest ways of calculating and learning maths. Faster than a calculator, not only does abacus maths gift young learners the opportunity to shine in the language of maths from a really young age, but it also provides a solid foundation for learning the language of maths in primary and high school.

With an abacus, kids develop problem-solving skills. There’s a logic behind using an abacus, so be sure you know what group of numbers each colored bead represents to accurately use it.

 Other important benefits of abacus maths include the following:

  • Boosts better and faster calculation skills.
  • Increases endurance for stress and pressure.
  • Improves problem-solving abilities.
  • Teaches clearer logical reasoning.
  • Provides a solid learning foundation for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Increases memory power and sharpens overall mental formation.

And many more. You can check out the full article at FasTracKids

Use Flash Cards

Flashcards can show you what 2+2 equals, but letting kids get hands-on experience with counting may work better. Evaluate your child’s learning preferences by trying both flashcards and hands-on experience.

Some children learn better by seeing the answer on a card or counting pictures on a card. Others won’t truly get the concept of math until you let them count physical objects. Mix up your math lessons to see which method seems to be working best for your child.

Make Math a Daily Activity

You’re not trying to get your child to become the next Einstein, but consistent practice will only help your child become better at math.

ThoughtCo suggests using math in your day-to-day routine. How? Help your child get the most out of your math lessons when you incorporate it into your daily life while setting goals they can achieve.

ThoughtCo provides possible activities what you can do with your child

  • At a red light, how many blue cars do you see?
  • At the grocery store, how many boxes of crackers could we buy if we only have $10?
  • At the doctor’s office, how many kids will be left in the waiting room when three are called to the back?
  • If we only ate 1/4 of our lunch, how much would we have left?
  • How much will diapers cost if they’re 25 percent off?
  • On the freeway, how much do the numbers on the license plate in front of us add up to?
  • How many shirts are you putting into the washing machine?
  • If you need to divide eight quarters among four people at the arcade, how many quarters would each person get?

Math doesn’t have to involve boring, worksheets that scares your child away. Whether it be real life examples, games, activities, math can be simple and enjoyable. Learning & teaching math can be difficult and time consuming for many children but it doesn’t have to be that way. By implementing these simple strategies, hopefully you (the teacher) can show your child how exciting and fun math can be. 🙂

Sources: https://www.thoughtco.com/strategies-for-teaching-math-to-kids-3128859

https://www.fastrackids.com/sandton/abacus-math/

What Is Distance Learning and is it Effective?

Ever since COVID-19, quarantine, remote work, #stayathome, all became the norm, many students and parents have been introduced to a different concept of learning called distance learning.

What exactly is distance learning? Is it the same is online learning? Is it effective?

This short but insightful post plans to answer all three of those questions and give you a clearer idea on what distance learning really is.

What is Distance Learning?

Personally, I always thought that distance learning was similar yet distinct to online learning or education. According to Britannica, distance learning is also called distance education, e-learning, and online learning. So these concepts all mean the same thing!

Traditionally distance learning was a form of education in which the main elements include physical separation of teachers and students during instruction and the use of various technologies to facilitate student-teacher and student-student communication.

There are several types and features of distance learning

  • Video conferencing
  • Connected Learning
  • Independent Learning
  • Open / Flexible Schedule
  • Tech or Computer based

This type of learning was primarily focused on nontraditional students, such as full-time workers, military personnel, and nonresidents or individuals in remote regions who are unable to attend classroom lectures. *A quick distance learning definition fact 🙂

Another source says that Distance learning is – “any form of remote education where the student is not physically present for the lesson.”

Regardless of what the definition exactly means, it is understood that most elementary and highschool students are currently experiencing a form of distance or online learning. Some parents are excited with this form of education while others are not. The next question to ask is if distance learning is indeed effective.

What are The Advantages of Distance Learning Effective?

Flexibility

The top benefit of distance education is its flexibility. Students can choose when, where, and how they learn by selecting the time, place, and medium for their education. For those who want direct, live access to teachers there are video conferencing options. But for students who may be doing their training around a job or other responsibilities, a more relaxed schedule may work better. There are options to match virtually anyone’s needs.

And thanks to the proliferation of online learning options, there is a course structure on practically any subject that a person would want to study.

Easy Access

Whether due to remote location or being differently-abled, some students lack basic access to educational facilities. Remote learning programs offer every student the opportunity to learn and improve themself in the environment they find the most effective.

Want to make a live classroom more accessible? 6 Cases of Interactive Digital Whiteboards as an Assistive Technology in Special Education

Remote learning also opens up new horizons of education in terms of international institutions. Major universities and trade schools the world over now offer recognized degrees, certificates, and professional qualifications online to learners of all ages. Or motivated people can get more basic certificates of completion everywhere from Udemy to Google Skillshop.

Less Cost

Thanks to the scalable nature of digital learning especially, distance learning is driving down the cost of education. Online degrees are becoming almost commonplace, and there are even accredited online-only universities that can eliminate expensive infrastructure overhead and get straight to the teaching.

Sources:

https://www.aeseducation.com/blog/online-learning-vs-distance-learning

https://www.britannica.com/topic/distance-learning

A Guide To Your Online Classroom!

With classrooms on lockdown, students and teachers will have to adapt to new forms of learning and teaching. This new virtual reality can be somewhat difficult for students, parents and teachers to navigate though. We are missing the face-to-face interactions we are all used to that help produce direct feedback and growth. Working or learning from home can result in barriers like procrastination, falling off routines, or constant laziness. A new environment of learning will call for new ways of motivation and collaboration to help students strive to their best learning capabilities. Below are some recommendations proven to get students back on track with classroom quality learning from home.

  1. Get in The Habit of Routines

Why expect the unexpected when you can rely on a routine? Developing a routine has been proven to reduce stress levels, promote better sleep schedules and overall better health. Start the day off as if you were going into the office or getting your child ready for school. Get excited about the day ahead and all that is to be accomplished! Read more about the benefits of creating a routine HERE.

  1. Planning for What’s Ahead

Working or learning from home should not include falling behind. Staying organized is key when trying to tackle all the tasks being thrown your way. Google calendar or a planner are two ways to stay organized and on task. Making a checklist that outlines your day, week, or even month, and helps set you on the right track to accomplishing your goals. 

  1. Look Forward to The Future

Treat yourself after a long day of hard work. Being cooped up at the house all day, staring at a screen can make students jittery and eager to move around. Make sure to prioritize self care and mental stability. Schedule in some time to yourself to help motivate you and your student throughout the day. This can include going for a run, planning something fun with the family, and even TV time. Help your child stay motivated by giving them a little peek to what’s at the end of the rainbow.

  1. Find What Fits

Not all students learn the same. Find out what approach works best for your student. Whether this be through reading, being hands on, hand written notes, or flashcards. Help your student understand the best way to reach their full potential. Students themselves also may not know what works best for them at the moment and that’s where expereinmenting comes in handy. Try to introduce your student to different learning and studying techniques to find what works best for them. This can help with adjusting to online classes and developing studying methods for the future.

  1. Make Some Space

Your home is now doubling as a classroom. You are most likely spending all day in the same environment. “Leaving work at the office” is no longer available and the same applies to students. By combining home and work environments, negative connotations associated with work life that are usually escapable is no longer possible. An idea to solve this issue would be to create a space at home that is dedicated to work or school. Motivate your student by dedicating a space for them to learn rather than staying in bed or in an area full of distractions. Find a spot that will become associated with working that they can walk away from at the end of the day. 

Stay tuned for more Leanry blogs in the future. Get connected with our LearnyWorld (LINK) community to see how other parents and educators are staying motivated during these times. 

5 Simple Ways To Make Homeschool Easier For Every Parent

COVID-19 has wealthy parents willing to pay $25-$60 per hour for private educators who teach for up to 5 hours a day (Business Insider). However, most parents cannot afford to pay such an expensive price for professional homeschooling and are taking it upon themselves to educate their children from home. Homeschooling your children takes massive energy and is a tough task without any help. Most kids give a look of disgust when given a stack of papers at home and are reluctant to the boring curriculums often used.

Here are the top 5 free resources for homeschooling your children that will keep their curiosity over this summer

1. Khan Academy Kids

-Khan Academy Kids is the most comprehensive learning app available right now.

It has a wide range of books, activities, and videos on a variety of topics. There are also a lot of parent/teacher resources such as daily schedules and printables. This app is also completely free with no ads or subscriptions.

2. Funbrain

-Funbrain has free educational games, books, and videos that are entertaining for any grade Pre-K through 8th.

The games are simple, easy to use, and a good way to get your child learning important topics in a fun way. They focus on reading, math, literacy, and problem-solving. Funbrain is completely free and requires no personal information either.

3. Youtube and YouTube Kids

-When used correctly and without distraction, YouTube is a great free way to learn anything in minutes.

YouTube has a ton of good information on a wide range of topics interesting to children. Lessons on music, writing, math, science, and much more are all available on YouTube. There are some channels that focus on education specifically, such as CrashCourse Kids, and Homeschool Pop.

-YouTube even launched a new app called YouTube Kids. This is a version of YouTube that is more kid-friendly and where parents can control the content their child sees.

-Because distraction is a big problem on sites like YouTube that might scare parents from using them, I’ve linked a free chrome extension that helps get rid of the problem. The Distraction Free YouTube chrome extension prevents recommended videos from popping up on the side. It is a great way to make sure your child doesn’t get lost clicking away at different videos.

4. GoNoodle

-GoNoodle is a free app and website with games that are designed to keep your child active. The games are based on the topics of movement and mindfulness. There are classes on interesting topics such as dancing and yoga. GoNoodle is a great way to introduce your children into important healthy habits and could inspire your child’s interest in a topic different from traditional school subjects.

5. Apps and Games

-There are a ton of free apps and games available for kids to play on a phone or tablet.

-Best Overall:Khan Academy Kids (Description above)

-Best for Reading: Starfall Learn to Read, Storyline

-Starfall is a free educational app for kids Pre-K through 3rd grade with multiple subjects. The Starfall Learn to Read app is particularly good as it has fun interactive games and videos that focus on certain phonics.

-Storyline is a site where famous people read children’s favorite stories. Some celebrities featured on the site are Betty White and Chris Pine. It has a ton of videos where children can follow the words along with some colorful animations.

-Best for Science: Tappity

-Tappity is for kids K-5 and covers a wide range of science topics with fun interactive games, videos, experiments, and stories. It has been known to keep kids engaged as the app is very hands-on. It recently unlocked over 30 free lessons because of COVID-19. It’s only available on iOS and has paid options to upgrade. If you don’t use iOS, check out PBS Play and Learn Science or Chromville Science that uses augmented reality.

-Best for Math: Prodigy

-Prodigy has curriculum aligned math fantasy games for grades 1-8. The games are fun as students “battle” against in-game characters and level up. The app is able to focus on a student’s trouble spots and provides progress reports for parents/teachers. A free version is available on Android and iOS, but one can upgrade to a paid premium version.

-Best for History: BrainPop Jr. Movie of the Week

-Best for kids aged 5-9, BrainPop Jr. has a lot of interactive videos on multiple topics. This app is the best for history because it has gentle and humorous characters that could make history more exciting for your child. It’s only availableon iOS and also includes paid subscription options. If you don’t use iOS, check out Khan Academy for Kids or History of Everything.

-Most Exciting App To Watch Out For: Learny (Coming Soon!)

-Learny incentivizes kids to practice math by letting them earn “Learny Bucks” that can be redeemed for their favorite toys and games. I’m sure kids will definitely enjoy doing math if it means they can earn a Nintendo Switch or their favorite Barbie Doll. This app could be a game-changer by aligning parents’ and kids’ motivations for learning together. Learny also allows parents to curate the prizes available and track their kids’ progress. -Check it out at https://www.learny.co/ for a chance to get free early access!

Conclusion?

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t have to drain your energy either. Listed above are some of the best available online resources that parents can use to make their lives a little easier. There are also many other free resources online that parents can use to make their children excited to learn. If you’re interested in the topic of homeschooling and more free resources check out the sources below.

Do you have any special tips on homeschooling your children? Do you think the resources above will work for your children?

Sources:
https://www.thoughtco.com/free-homeschool-resources-4151635
https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-school-shutdowns-wealthy-parents-hire-private-educators-2020-5

4. GoNoodle -GoNoodle is a free app and website with games that are designed to keep your child active. The games are based on the topics of movement and mindfulness. There are classes on interesting topics such as dancing and yoga. GoNoodle is a great way to introduce your children into important healthy habits and could inspire your child’s interest in a topic different from traditional school subjects. 5. Apps and Games-There are a ton of free apps and games available for kids to play on a phone or tablet. -Best Overall:Khan Academy Kids (Description above) -Best for Reading: Starfall Learn to Read, Storyline-Starfall is a free educational app for kids Pre-K through 3rd grade with multiple subjects. The Starfall Learn to Read app is particularly good as it has fun interactive games and videos that focus on certain phonics. -Storyline is a site where famous people read children’s favorite stories. Some celebrities featured on the site are Betty White and Chris Pine. It has a ton of videos where children can follow the words along with some colorful animations. -Best for Science: Tappity -Tappity is for kids K-5 and covers a wide range of science topics with fun interactive games, videos, experiments, and stories. It has been known to keep kids engaged as the app is very hands-on. It recently unlocked over 30 free lessons because of COVID-19. It’s only available on iOS and has paid options to upgrade. If you don’t use iOS, check out PBS Play and Learn Science or Chromville Science that uses augmented reality. -Best for Math: Prodigy -Prodigy has curriculum aligned math fantasy games for grades 1-8. The games arefun as students “battle” against in-game characters and level up. The app is able tofocus on a student’s trouble spots and provides progress reports for parents/teachers. A free version is available on Android and iOS, but one can upgrade to a paid premium version. -Best for History: BrainPop Jr. Movie of the Week -Best for kids aged 5-9, BrainPop Jr. has a lot of interactive videos on multiple topics. This app is the best for history because it has gentle and humorous characters that could make history more exciting for your child. It’s only availableon iOS and also includes paid subscription options. If you don’t use iOS, check out Khan Academy for Kids or History of Everything. -Most Exciting App To Watch Out For: Learny (Coming Soon!) -Learny incentivizes kids to practice math by letting them earn “Learny Bucks” that can be redeemed for their favorite toys and games. I’m sure kids will definitely enjoy doing math if it means they can earn a Nintendo Switch or their favorite Barbie Doll. This app could be a game-changer by aligning parents’ and kids’ motivations for learning together. The app also allows parents to curate the prizes available and track their kids’ progress. -Check it out at https://www.learny.co/ for a chance to get free early access! Conclusion:Homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t have to drain your energy either. Listed above are some of the best available online resources that parents can use to make their lives a little easier. There are also many other free resources online that parents can use to make their children excited to learn. If you’re interested in the topic of homeschooling and more free resources check out the sources below. Do you have any special tips on homeschooling your children? Do you think the resources above will work for your children? Sources: https://www.thoughtco.com/free-homeschool-resources-4151635https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-school-shutdowns-wealthy-parents-hire-private-educators-2020-5

Learny Blog Launch!

Welcome! 🎉

You are reading the first blog post from Learny. We are just as excited as you are!

Our first blog plans to go over a few topics and give you a sneak peak of what’s to come in the near feature.

  1. What is Learny
  2. Why is Learny blogging
  3. What Learny will be blogging about
  4. How you can get involved

What Is Learny? 🤔

If you don’t know what Learny is, here’s a quick overview:

Learny is the only educational app that rewards children for math practice and beyond. Earn Fortnite V-Bucks, Pokemon cards, art supplies, books and more!

Kids are bored with educational apps but parents want their kids to do more than watch YouTube and play games on their digital devices. We bridge the gap by incentivizing kids to do math practice with the toys, games, and things they care about.

Kids can learn, earn and then redeem Learny Bucks for all kinds of prizes!

We’re making education rewarding. Literally.

Why Is Learny Blogging? 💭

Our blog is a way to connect with parents and provide content that is fun, transparent, engaging, but most importantly useful for our readers!

This is the ideal blog if you are interested in math tips and tricks, educational blogs, worksheets, or hearing about special Learny updates.

Please don’t hesitate to post a comment or give us suggestions on topics we should blog about!

What Will Learny Be Blogging About? 📚

We hope to excite our readers and provide valuable content! But how? Here is a list of topics we will cover in our weekly blog posts!

  • Educational blogs
  • Educational resources (Learning plans, how-to’s, worksheets)
  • Learny product updates and new features
  • Children and Parent guest features
  • Educational case studies

And so much more!

How Can I Get Involved? 😊

If you can’t get enough of Learny, you can interact with us on Social Media, join the Learny mailing list or join the LearnyWorld social network. A positive community where you can chat with other parents about Learny, education, parenting, and so much more!

Share your unique referral code to your friends or family and both of you will receive $5 Learny Bucks credit! 💰

Facebook: www.facebook.com/getlearny/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/learny.co

LearnyLand: https://learniverse.mn.co/share/Xm2iCyMnNMo8YeJp?utm_source=manual

🎉 We’re excited to have you join the Learny family! 🎉

How to Do Math With Your Child [Part 1]

This post is a guide for parents written by the Ontario Government in Canada. I plan to cut out all the fluff and pick the most important methods they mention in this lengthy e-book. I will link the full guide at the end of this post!

They state that this guide is essential for parents of K-6 students. And if that is you, you are in for a treat!

Let’s dive in!

How can I support my child’s learning?

I remember as a kid, the support I got when I was learning math was incredible. Both my parents as well as elementary teachers went the extra mile to help me understand the concepts in an easy way.

And this might be the key for your child!

We know that teaching is difficult but this guide says it doesn’t have to be that way.

“Today, critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning ability and the ability to communicate
mathematically are essential skills. These processes are the foundation of mathematics
instruction in Ontario schools. They are brought into play as you engage your child in the
activities suggested in this guide.”

If you have read our last post, we went over different tricks and tips that you can help you become the ideal teacher for your child. One of them discusses incorporating math into every day activities. Counting apples, counting money etc.

This can be a great exercise for you to try with your children.

Top Tips for Parents

Build strong, positive attitudes about math. When children feel positively
engaged and successful, they are more likely to stick with an activity or a
problem to find a solution

Begin with activities that meet your child’s level of mathematical
understanding. Early success in solving problems will build your child’s
confidence. Gradually move to activities that provide more challenge for
your child.

If you and your child are more comfortable in a language other than
English, use it. Your child will understand concepts better in the language that
he or she knows best.

Why Is Math Important for Your Child?

Solve problems and make sound decisions
• Perform calculations with ease
• Explain how we solved a problem and why we made a particular decision
• Use technology such as calculators and computer applications to help solve problems
• Understand patterns and trends so that we can make predictions
• Manage our time and money
• Handle everyday situations that involve numbers

Part 2 will be out soon!

You can read the full guide here at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentguidenumen.pdf