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Apr 20

Math Lessons Can Be a Huge Challenge for a Homeschooling Mom With Math Anxiety

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Summary

Emma’s mom watched as her daughter consistently struggled with learning math, and her confidence began to slip away in all subjects. Within a few months of playing Elephant Learning, Emma’s confidence returned, and her math skills improved dramatically, eliminating math anxiety for both mom and daughter. 

1.) Challenges

For Emma and her mother, math time at their homeschool would more often than not end in tears. Both mother and daughter were frustrated, and worse, Emma felt defeated. She would frequently give up. “I’ll just never get this!” and, “Why can’t I understand when my friends think it’s easy?” Her mother, who also struggled with math, felt like she was letting her daughter down. “I felt very defeated as well, both as a teacher and a mother,” she says.

When Emma’s mom decided to homeschool her daughter, Emma was just about to enter grade three and was already significantly behind her peers in terms of her math skills. The family had decided that it was best for everyone if Emma’s mom stayed home with Emma and her brother, nine-year-old Kreyton. However, this meant that the family was forced to live on a single income, which put a mathematics tutor out of reach.

Kreyton didn’t struggle with math; he excelled at it. What he needed was a challenge. And while Emma was proud of her brother’s skills, the fact that even though he was three years younger, he was almost at her learning level was an additional blow to her self-esteem.

“What we needed,” says Emma’s Mom, “was a program that will help Emma get back on track and hopefully find a love for math to replace the animosity she currently has towards it.”

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

“We’ve tried supplementing with Khan Academy and other resources people have suggested,” says Emma’s mom, “but nothing is making math click for her, and I feel like we’ve run out of options.” Emma’s mom began to search online for supports that would meet both of her children’s needs. “I heard great things about Elephant Learning,” she says, “and it was what her family needed to make math become more fun and easier to comprehend.”

She and her family won an initial scholarship to try Elephant Learning, and both Emma and Kreyton were quickly hooked. So was Mom, especially once she saw their results. 

Related: It’s About More Than Just Math: Fear, Growth and Adaptation

3.) Emma and Kreyton’s Experience With Elephant Learning

Emma’s eagerness to learn was evident in every other facet of her life. She loves to read and play the piano and is an active community volunteer. Mathematics was the only thing holding her back academically. That kind of damage to a child’s self-esteem, though, can be insidious. It can make them question their intelligence and even their capabilities in other areas, which can lead to poor academic results across the board. Learning to “hate” math can exacerbate this problem.

Using a gamification approach, Elephant Learning allows students to become excited and engaged by math, which in turn encourages them to keep trying until they understand and find success. And by focusing first on the foundations necessary for each concept, Elephant Learning helped Emma excel and gain confidence at her grade level before propelling her even further. The approach worked. Emma embraced her math and learned the foundations she needed to move forward and catch up with her peers.

Kreyton also excelled with Elephant Learning as the program both engaged and challenged this young mathematician to move even further ahead in his mathematics learning.

Related: Later Elementary Math Concepts and Strategies: What Parents Need to Know for Grades 3-6

4.)  Emma’s Results 

  • Age: 11.7 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 9.6 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 11.3 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.7 years

5.) Kreyton’s Results 

  • Age: 9.6 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 7.2 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 10.2 years
  • The difference after six months: 3 years

She does her best but honestly prior to Elephant Learning, it was a struggle and most days math time ended in tears for both of us.” ~Emma’s Mom

Apr 13

Stationed Abroad with their Family, Amelia and Evelyn Discover Mathematics Success with Elephant Learning

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

1.) Challenges

Finding resources for homeschooled children is a challenge for many families. For military families living overseas, however, it can be insurmountable. Four-year-old Amelia and two-year-old Evelyn’s mom joined a small homeschool group on the base. However, most of the children were older, so the shared resources the group offered were not age-appropriate. Their mom also tried to locate local and online resources but found very few were available in English.

The girls’ close relationship also posed a bit of a problem when it came to homeschooling. “Amelia has trouble focusing for more than a few minutes at a time,” says mom, “and Evelyn only shows interest when Amelia is doing work with her.”  

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

During her online search for resources, Amelia and Evelyn’s mom found Elephant Learning. The program, which combines gamification with age-appropriate learning and assessment, was exactly what she was looking for.

Related: Learn To Read With Math? 5 Surprising Facts About Early Age Math

3.) Amelia and Evelyn’s Experience With Elephant Learning

The girls’ mom realized the girls wouldn’t progress unless they were able to focus, but forcing children to do lessons can sometimes be counterproductive. “I don’t want to force them to sit,” she says, “but I don’t know how else to pique their interest.” She also didn’t want them hating school, especially math.  

Elephant Learning immediately engaged both girls. The gamification approach made learning fun. The focus on learning, review, and assessment tailored for both Amelia and Evelyn individually, was exactly what mom was looking for. The girls’ results confirm their success with the program. Both Amelia and Evelyn are now performing well beyond their age level.

Related: The Early Years: Teaching Young Children Math Concepts

4.) Amelia’s Results: 

  • Age:  4.9 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 3.5 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 6.3 years
  • The difference after three months: 2.8 years

5.) Evelyn’s Results: 

  • Age:  2.9 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 3 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 4.3 years
  • The difference after three months: 1.3 years

What I was looking for was a curriculum more age-appropriate for them that actually held their attention.” ~Amelia and Evelyn’s Mom

Cameron Overcame A.D.H.D., P.T.S.D., and Math Difficulties With Elephant Learning
Apr 06

Cameron Overcame A.D.H.D., P.T.S.D., and Math Difficulties With Elephant Learning

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Summary

Cameron had a very rough start to his life. In addition to family issues, he suffered from ADHD and PTSD. His aunt and uncle took custody and introduced Cameron to Elephant Learning. In just a few months, Cameron overcame his lack of necessary math skills and now is on par with the rest of his peers.

1.) Challenges

Cameron has been through a lot in his short life. At age seven, Cameron was removed from his mother’s home due to neglect. His father was unable to take custody of him, so he was placed with his aunt and uncle. During his first seven years, inappropriate social media, games, cartoons, and television shows served as Cameron’s babysitters. No one worked with him on his schoolwork or learning outside of school.

Even once he was safe with his aunt and uncle, Cameron struggled with ADHS, PTSD, and abandonment issues.

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

Cameron’s aunt was determined to normalize Cameron’s life and provide him with the academic and emotional support that had been denied to him in his early years. She was also determined to use her time with him to help him catch up to his peers, particularly in mathematics. “He is a very smart child and has improved tremendously since being placed into our custody,” says Cameron’s aunt, “but he continues to struggle in math.”

Cameron’s aunt began to search for something she could use at home to help Cameron improve and expand his understanding of mathematics. Then she stumbled on Elephant Learning.

Related: How to Evaluate Your Child’s Math Skills Based on Language

3.) Cameron’s Experience With Elephant Learning

Cameron’s aunt was struck by how intelligent her nephew was but stunned that he lacked even basic addition and subtraction skills. “We wanted him to have every opportunity to succeed,” she says. “Despite everything he has been through in his little life.”

Elephant Learning delivered those opportunities. The program provided Cameron with the opportunity to learn and review the necessary mathematical skills he lacked. But the program took him beyond just basic skills. Cameron was able to leverage these essential skills to do more advanced problem-solving.

Elephant Learning’s gamification makes learning fun and engaging. This is critical to a child, like Cameron, who has not experienced much academic success and already suffers from debilitating conditions like ADHD, which makes it very difficult for him to focus.

Related: Children are Empowered Through Understanding

4.) Cameron’s Results 

Cameron’s success with Elephant Learning has confirmed his aunt’s assessment of her nephew’s natural intelligence. It has also accomplished the goal of putting Cameron’s mathematical abilities on par with his peers. Within a few short months, Cameron had mastered necessary mathematical skills and was challenging himself to do more. 

  • Age: 7 years old
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 5.8 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 7.9 years
  • The difference after six months:  2.1 years!

Cameron's Elephant Age
“Cameron should not have to struggle throughout his life because no one provided him a good stable foundation. We want to do everything within our power to equip him to not just succeed, but to excel! Elephant Learning has provided that.” – Cameron’s Aunt

 

ADHD Didn’t Hold Riley and Merryn Back From Achieving Math Success
Mar 30

ADHD Didn’t Hold Riley and Merryn Back From Achieving Math Success

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Summary

ADHD, ADD, and dyslexia didn’t stop Riley and Merryn from learning math, even after the kids transitioned from public to private school. 

1.) Challenges

Riley and Merryn both have ADHD, ADD, and dyslexia. Their learning issues prevent them from focusing and learning subjects correctly and learning in traditional settings. Mathematics especially proved difficult for the kids. In addition, Riley is on the higher functioning autism spectrum. 

Due to their learning issues and the fact that Riley was regularly bullied, both kids were moved from public school to private school. Since the change, Riley and Merryn have gained more confidence but needed to catch up on mathematics. 

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

After Riley and Merryn’s mom became permanently disabled after a car accident, the family has struggled to pay for medical bills, private school, and other expenses. However, they still wanted to give Riley and Merryn the best educational foundation they could afford. 

After reading reviews on Elephant Learning and seeing that it was an affordable option, the family enrolled Riley and Merryn in the program to see if it would give the kids a step up in their math learning.

Related: Short Term Memory Loss Couldn’t Stop Christina From Learning Math With Elephant Learning

3.) Riley and Merryn’s Experience With Elephant Learning

After only a month playing on Elephant Learning, Riley was able to boost his understanding of algebraic operations by a year and a half! Merryn was able to improve her ability to do fractions and has learned almost two years of math understanding in two months!

Though Riley is no longer playing, Merryn continues to and is starting to tackle exponents and negative numbers. In fact, Merryn’s Elephant Age has surpassed her actual age, meaning she’s beginning to learn math concepts ahead of her class!  

Related: After 6 Months on Elephant Learning Elijah and Kamaria Are on The Path Towards Math Success

4.) Riley and Merryn’s Results 

Riley

  • Age: 14 years old
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 10.3 years old
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 11.8 years old
  • The difference after one month: 1.5 years! 

Merryn

  • Age: 10.5 years old
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 9.4 years old
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 11.5 years old
  • The difference after two months: 2.1 years! 

 

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Celina’s STEM Success With Elephant Learning
Mar 23

Celina’s STEM Success With Elephant Learning

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Summary

Celina is a bright six-year-old with a love for language and reading. Math, however, was never particularly fun. But to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor, Celina wanted to conquer math so she could finally get into STEM programs. 

1.) Challenges

Counting, estimates, and sums always were Celina’s pain points. After trying numerous programs, nothing helped the concepts stick. Celina was falling quickly behind in the basics — a big roadblock to her dreams. So her parents to help boost her confidence, grades, and chances of getting into an honor math program at school with extra math curriculars like an online program. 

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

Desperate to find a platform that would help Celina in a stress-free manner, she enrolled her in Elephant Learning. Hoping that Celina would get the grades she knew she could earn and finally become an independent math learner. 

Related: It’s More Than Just Math: It’s Fear, Growth, and Adaptation

3.) Celina’s Experience With Elephant Learning

Celina progressed from an elephant age of 4.2 years to 8.2 years in about two months! But more importantly, Celina applies what she learns and understands numbers in a way that she couldn’t last month. 

Her mom adds, “I’m thrilled with the progress that she’s made in such a short period of time. Now I’m going to really start pushing the two older children!” 

Related: Case Study: John

4.) Celina’s Results 

Celina's Elephant Age

  • Age:  7 years old
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 4.2 years old
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 8.2 years old
  • The difference after two months: 4.2 years! 

“I’m thrilled with the progress that Celina’s made in such a short period of time.” – Mom, Aminah

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