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Kids Like Kaustubha Can Still Enjoy Childhood While Improving Their Math Skills
Sep 08

Kids Like Kaustubha Can Still Enjoy Childhood While Improving Their Math Skills

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Do you ever feel like your child is perpetually behind their peers in school?

Do you hate making your child do extra math work when you know how precious and short their childhood actually is?

We want our kids to have a chance to be kids. 

But there’s all this pressure to make sure they don’t fall behind their peers academically. 

What research shows is that all elementary school kids — regardless of their family income — lose over two months of math skills every summer.

Most researchers believe this is a case of “use it or lose it.” 

Kids are less likely to engage in math problem-solving consistently during the summer, as opposed to reading.

They don’t use their new math skills regularly enough, so they ultimately lose those skills as a result.

But this doesn’t mean that you need to hold daily math lessons for your kids, either. 

Challenges 

You can give your kids a break from their typical school-year routine while still providing quality learning experiences. 

Studies show that learners can improve long-term retention when they space practice over multiple days. 

That probably comes as a relief to many parents who think they need to create daily math lessons for their kids.

For parents like Divya — a mom to a 6-year-old and 3-month-old — it can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get the basic things done.

Coming up with creative ideas on a daily basis to keep your child engaged in math learning can be a daunting task for any parent.

That’s where Elephant Learning — a math games app for kids — can help.

Divya was thankful she could provide Elephant Learning to her son, 6-year-old Kaustubha. 

As a mother to two sons — Kaustubha and his 3-month-old brother — she cares about her children’s long-term success in math.

“I want to use this app to help my son learn math in an effective way,” she says.

She knows that the earlier she can build their confidence, the better off they will be. 

“I am sure that this will boat his self-confidence immensely,” she adds, and she’s right.

Finding Elephant Learning 

As long as your kids can find 30 minutes every week to play math games on the Elephant Learning app, they’ll be headed to lasting math concept mastery.

And again, it’s probably better to space out their playtime on Elephant Learning. 

But you shouldn’t be surprised if your kids quickly hit that 30-minute marker.

That’s because Elephant Learning designs engaging games that reinforce math concepts. It’s called math gamification.

It’s not your traditional math lesson that’s dressed up in new technology.

These games are designed by educators using research-backed games to model math concepts using attractive animations.

They’re also age-appropriate, and use many common objects or animals that kids may encounter in their books or everyday lives.

Personal curiosity is a major driver of learning, which is why Elephant Learning can be the key to your child’s success in math.

The math game designs vary depending on the age of the learner to keep their curiosity alive.

A 16-year-old will find interesting math games that don’t look like “baby” games. 

Young learners won’t get intimidated or frustrated by games that are too advanced.

The Elephant Learning app dynamically adjusts to the learner.

That means it won’t waste time on math your child has already mastered, which prevents boredom.

But more importantly, it also ensures that your child has mastered a math concept — which can be hard for a parent to assess on their own.

Just because your child memorized the fact that 2 times 3 is 6 does not mean they understand why that is true. 

If your child doesn’t understand how multiplication works, they won’t be able to build on that skill to master a more complex concept.

But Elephant Learning doesn’t make your child feel bad for what they don’t understand.

The app assesses your child and tracks their progress without revealing any negative feedback that might frustrate them.

It identifies which concepts need attention and builds a custom plan based on that information.

The math games help kids make connections among math concepts so they stop seeing them as disconnected facts.

That means once your child understands why 2 times 3 is 6, Elephant Learning helps them see why 20 times 3 is 60.

But your child is the driving force behind their learning.

Elephant Learning will continue to provide more challenging material as your child demonstrates mastery.

Again, we’re keeping your child curious and engaged in learning — and retaining — more math.

Kaustubha’s Experience With Elephant Learning 

Before Kaustubha started playing on Elephant Learning, “I knew he was already behind in math for his age,” says Divya. 

Elephant Learning started assessing Kaustubha’s math concept skills by introducing various types of games.

He had the same math concept mastery as a 4-and-a-half-year-old.

So the Elephant Learning app adjusted to this baseline. 

It presented games to Kaustubha that he could finish easily, building his confidence and keeping him excited to play.

Once the app confirmed he had mastered a concept, it gradually introduced more challenging content that built upon previous concepts.

Elephant Learning makes sure your child understands the connections between math concepts.

It’s not about memorizing facts. It’s about seeing and understanding connections.

Kaustubha isn’t frustrated when he encounters something unfamiliar. He relies on his existing knowledge to problem solve.

Kids love puzzles, but the puzzles can’t be too easy (boring) or too hard (frustrating). 

The right kind of challenge will keep kids curious and engaged.

Divya can tell she has found a long-term solution for her kids to stay engaged in their math.

After six months of playing on Elephant Learning, Kaustubha has mastered almost two years of math concepts.

And he doesn’t show any signs of boredom or fatigue from playing.

He can continue to play as he likes throughout the year.

That means Divya can rely on Elephant Learning to help him keep pace — or even surpass — his peers during the school year.

And once summertime rolls around, he’ll have a fun game he can play to keep his math acquisition intact.

No more starting over in math every year for Kaustubha. 

And Divya can let her kids enjoy their childhood without sacrificing critical math progress.

Related: Does Your Child Have a Math Monster? Take the Free Quiz

Kaustubha’s Results: 

  • Age: 6.9 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 4.5 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 6.3 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.8 years

“I want a way to enforce math learning by fun so that they continue to be engaged in learning math.” – Mom, Divya

Research Shows Math Games for Kids is the Best Choice for Anxious Parents
Aug 31

Research Shows Math Games for Kids is the Best Choice for Anxious Parents

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

The evidence is clear: our negative comments and attitudes about mathematics can have a direct — and lasting — impact on our children.

Choose your words carefully when you talk about math around your kids.

Why?

Because research shows that math anxiety can be passed on to kids — from both their teachers and their parents.

This might not come as a shock. After all, we know that kids are like sponges, soaking up all kinds of spoken and unspoken messages.

But parents likely don’t realize that even their occasional, off-hand, negative comment about math is planting the math anxiety seed in their kids’ brains.

And that seed will grow to obstruct any chance kids have to feel good about math.

Challenges 

Your instincts might make you inclined to tell your children about your own math anxiety. 

You may say things that sound encouraging, like, “Don’t worry, I was scared of math at your age too,” or “I hate math, but you don’t have to!”

You may think those comments help your kids feel reassured and understood.

Unfortunately, these well-intentioned phrases are causing more harm than good. 

A study published in Psychological Science found that “when parents are more math-anxious, their children learn significantly less math…and have more math anxiety by the school year’s end.”

Let’s break that down. 

First, the simple act of introducing anxious thoughts to the brain actually prevents the brain from processing a math problem. 

The brain is so busy managing stress, it doesn’t have any free space to focus on math. This means your child won’t successfully process the math, leading them to a wrong answer.

Now the brain associates stress with math. 

A connection between the feeling (anxiety) and the task (math) has been created in the child. 

This connection will be reinforced continually into a pattern, leading to recurring math anxiety that will grow if left unchecked.

But there’s more. This math anxiety in kids was most common “if math-anxious parents reported providing frequent help with math homework.” 

This is the point where many parents throw their hands up in the air, thinking “I can’t do anything right!”

You want to help your kids, but now there’s research saying that your help is hurting them?

Not exactly. Don’t give up just yet.

This doesn’t mean that, if you have math anxiety, you shouldn’t help your kids with their math homework.

It means you should feel better about relying on outside sources to cultivate positive attitudes towards math in your children.

The same study suggests incorporating “structured activities that allow parents to interact with their children around math in positive ways…in the form of math books, computer, and traditional board games, or Internet apps.”

For math-anxious parents who want to help their kids in this positive, structured way, there’s Elephant Learning.

Finding Elephant Learning 

Yalitza was one of those moms who was likely — unknowingly — letting her own math anxiety impact her daughters, 7-and-a-half-year-old Mia and 5-year-old Alina.

She says, “I was never given a strong foundation in mathematics. I do not naturally ‘think’ mathematically. Until recently I still used my fingers to calculate basic arithmetic questions.”

Whether or not she shared this information with her kids — planting that seed of math anxiety —  she certainly shared their emotional pain.

Math had become “the dreaded subject, especially for my oldest daughter [Mia],” says Yalitza, adding that they had “cried many tears during past math lessons.”

Regardless of what researchers say is best, parents are human beings. It can be hard to see your child cry and not cry with them. That’s a natural response.

Sometimes the tears are what finally make you realize that you need help. 

Your anxiety-induced tears are feeding the math anxiety in your child. And now there’s research telling you that you’re not a failure for recognizing this — you’re on your way to a solution.

In fact, relying on outside resources to lead your child’s math journey is the best thing you can do for them.

Yalitza decided to stop growing these seeds of fear and worry in her kids. She wanted to find something that would “motivate and encourage” her daughters. 

She found Elephant Learning.

Related: How Ellis Escaped the Vicious Cycle of Re-Learning Math Concepts Every Year

Mia and Alina’s Experience With Elephant Learning 

Before Elephant Learning, Mia was already making “great improvements with her addition and subtraction skills up to 100,” but Yalitza notes that those improvements had come “at a slow pace to avoid frustration.”

Younger sister Alina seemed “to grasp and enjoy math” and was “learning her addition facts within 10.”

Yalitza knew that both girls “enjoyed playing math games,” so the transition to Elephant Learning’s math games for kids was easy.

There was no anxiety involved in getting set up with the Elephant Learning app. Mia and Alina could immediately begin playing the math games. 

The app was assessing their existing skills to determine which math concepts they already mastered, and which concepts were still challenging.

But those assessments were hidden from Mia and Alina. All they saw were animated animals and objects they had to manipulate to advance to the next game level.

Just like any game, they were given chances to try again, or move on to a different game. No failure or blockage prevented them from playing as much as they liked.

The more they played, the more the app adjusted the games for each of them to remain challenged but not overwhelmed.

Yalitza got to log in to see the math concepts the girls were still working on. That made it easier for her to decide what kinds of fun activities she could create to reinforce those concepts.

Her quality time with her daughters didn’t have to be filled with her destructive insecurities about math.

Instead of letting her math anxiety impact her daughters, Yalitza let Elephant Learning take on the teaching role in the form of math games for kids.

Mia started out about a year behind her peers in her math abilities. After six months of playing, she learned a year-and-a-half of math concepts and continues to show progress. 

Younger sister Alina started out about two years behind her peers, but rapidly learned three years of math in the same six-month period.

Yalitza has empowered her daughters with “a strong foundation” in math — something she wished she had as a child.

She’s now able to create math-related activities for her kids that are enjoyable. She isn’t stuck teaching lessons that intimidate her. 

She’s not letting her own negative experiences influence her daughters any longer. She’s replacing those seeds of anxiety with lasting, positive math experiences.

She’s found a way to help her daughters “thrive in this very important subject.”

Related: How to Gamify Your Math Lessons

Mia’s Results: 

  • Age: 7.4 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 6.3 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 7.7 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.4 years

Alina’s Results: 

  • Age: 5.3 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 3.5 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 6.5 years
  • The difference after six months: 3 years

“I hope to give my children the strong foundation I lacked as a child so that they can thrive in this very important subject.” – Mom, Yalitza

How a Math App for Kids Gives Parents the Teaching Empowerment They Crave
Aug 24

How a Math App for Kids Gives Parents the Teaching Empowerment They Crave

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

For many parents, the most daunting thought of homeschooling their kids this year is knowing where to begin.

Some of you may even feel like your fears about homeschooling are similar to your concerns about your child’s school experience.

Here’s some data that might surprise you.

According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Education in 2016, “About 3 percent of students ages 5 through 17 were reported as being homeschooled, representing 1.7 million homeschooled students in 2016.”

Can you imagine how many more homeschooled students there are now, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic?

The practice of homeschooling is certainly not new, and neither are the reasons why so many parents choose to homeschool their kids.

According to the same Department of Education survey, 80 percent of parents in 2016 chose homeschooling due to “concern about the environment of other schools, such as safety, drugs, or negative peer pressure.”

If you asked a parent in 2020 why they are homeschooling their kids, it’s likely “safety” would still be a popular reason. 

A major difference in 2020, though, is that many parents don’t have a choice in the matter. 

Schools are still in limbo about their re-opening timelines, leaving parents with no choice but to teach their kids while they wait.

Another reason for homeschooling, according to the survey, was that “Seventeen percent of homeschooled students had parents who reported dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools as the most important reason for homeschooling.”

There are plenty of parents out there who feel this way, regardless of whether they choose to homeschool or not.

Harlow is one of those parents. She’s a mother of three who wished she wasn’t so uncertain about her daughter Penelope’s math abilities. 

Harlow says, “I wasn’t exactly sure where Penelope was mathematically, but I also didn’t feel that she was where she could be.”

Plenty of parents sense that their child could be further along in their math skills, but they don’t have any data or examples to justify their feelings.

But your feelings are valid, and parents like Harlow can follow their intuitions to find help.

Challenges 

At 6-and-a-half years old, Penelope was already building important math skills with her mom, Harlow.

“We had worked on counting to 100, counting by 2s, 5s, 10s,” says Harlow, “and she knew some addition.”

Harlow wasn’t worried about Penelope — but she was worried about the learning environment she observed at Penelope’s school.

She says, “The kids who could excel were held back by the ones who weren’t [doing as well].”

It’s understandable that parents like Harlow worry about their kids getting bored — or worse, unmotivated — when they have to slow down for their peers.

A lot of parents feel that way, and many of them turn to homeschool as the solution.

But the solution itself can be challenging.

Harlow says, “We have three children and I’m homeschooling all of them.”

Three kids. One mom in charge of their schooling … and their meals, and their activities. You don’t need the full list to understand what Harlow — and so many of you — are facing.

Finding Elephant Learning 

“I just want to make sure that I am giving Penelope every great resource possible,” explains Harlow. And who could blame her? 

There’s no lack of desire to support our kids. 

But the new challenge becomes sifting through all the available tools and trying to decide what’s best.

You might be lacking a sense of direction; “Where do I begin my child’s math curriculum?”

Or, a sense of reliability; “Is this a credible tool I’ve found?”

Or, a sense of effectiveness; “Is this going to have a lasting effect on my child, or is it a waste of time?”

Thankfully for Harlow, she found Elephant Learning met those criteria, and she’s already seeing the results.

Related: The Early Years: Identifying What Your Child Already Knows

Penelope’s Experience With Elephant Learning 

The Elephant Learning app assessed Penelope’s math skills using engaging math games. 

Based on her first few games, the app determined Penelope had the equivalent math skills of a 4-year-old.

The app then provided Penelope with math games that were appropriate for her existing math skills, making the playtime easy and fun. 

As she began to master those math skills, the app began introducing more challenging concepts for her to learn.

Along the way, Harlow could log in to Elephant Learning and see the data insights she was so desperately craving. 

She could see which math concepts Penelope had already mastered, and which ones she was still struggling to learn.

That made Harlow’s job easier. 

Rather than guessing what she needed to do, Harlow could rely on Elephant Learning data to show her which concepts needed reinforcement.

And those math concepts didn’t even have to take the shape of formal lessons. 

A busy afternoon of chores for Harlow could be an opportunity to ask Penelope to help her sort the lunchtime vegetables into equal groups.

Or perhaps Harlow could spend a few minutes on the couch with Penelope and ask her to show her how to play one of the Elephant Learning games.

But if Harlow was having a particularly busy week, she could rely on Elephant Learning to keep pushing her daughter at a comfortable yet challenging pace.

She didn’t have to feel like she was neglecting Penelope’s learning by relying on a math app for kids. 

And she didn’t have to worry that she would miss a critical insight into Penelope’s progress.

Elephant Learning was empowering Harlow with the data she needed whenever she was ready to review it.

It was also empowering Penelope to keep exploring her math abilities without the constraints of other people — adults and kids alike.

After averaging 30 minutes of gameplay each week on Elephant Learning, Penelope mastered over 3 years’ worth of math concepts. 

Within six months, Penelope became a half-year ahead of her 7-year-old peers.

Just as important: Harlow became an empowered parent who knew exactly where her daughter was, and where she was headed.

Elephant Learning’s mission to empower kids on their math learning journey means parents get to feel empowered too.

Empowerment nowadays is a truly precious feeling, and it is not beyond anyone’s reach.

Related: Why Your Child is Behind in Math (Yes, Even Your Child)

Penelope’s Results: 

  • Age: 6.4 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 4.4 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 7.6 years
  • The difference after six months: 3.2 years!

“I just want to make sure that I am giving Penelope every great resource possible.” – Mom, Harlow

How Julie Juggled Being a Single Mom and Helping Her Kids Learn Math
Aug 19

How Julie Juggled Being a Single Mom and Helping Her Kids Learn Math

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Summary


Does parenting feel like a juggling act?

Do you feel like you’re barely pulling it off?

Another school year is drawing near. Many parents are trying to figure out how to juggle the list of responsibilities related to their kids’ education along with their jobs in the wake of Covid-19.

It looks like parents will need to tackle some form of part-time or full-time teaching, with schools trying to implement various combinations of onsite and distance learning.

This juggling act is even harder for those single parents who can’t afford to provide full-time educational support to their kids. 

Challenges

Julie, a single mother of two kids, Brooklyn and Tyler, is a familiar example. She says, “I have no family members available to help me, so I am basically on my own with them on all levels.”

Like many parents, Julie wanted to give her kids as much support as possible, but she simply didn’t have the extra resources. 

She explains, “I am trying to do my best to give them everything they need, including a good education, but I don’t have any extra money right now to hire a tutor or pay for expensive monthly programs.”

And Julie could tell that her daughter, 13-year-old Brooklyn, needed some extra support with math. 

She decided to home school Brooklyn last year for “many reasons, including her anxiety issues and bullying.”

Adding to those emotional and social challenges was Brooklyn’s anxiety around mathematics. “She has been struggling greatly with math for many years now… and her anxiety over math has greatly increased.”

The toll this takes on kids affects their parents too. 

Julie says, “She was coming home with a ton of math homework every day and we would spend hours trying to understand it and get nowhere with it, except for both of us upset and anxious.” 

Julie could tell that Brooklyn’s struggle with math “lowered her self-esteem drastically.”

Julie’s son, Tyler, was 4 years old and heading into kindergarten. She was hopeful she could find a math program to help build his confidence in math early. 

Finding Elephant Learning

Knowing your child needs help with math is the easy part. But there are a lot of math programs out there and it can be hard to know which is best for your child. 

Researching every single option is time consuming, and time is a precious resource that most parents simply don’t have enough of.

And there are some parents – like Julie – who admit, “I have never been good with math myself, so I’m finding it impossible to help Brooklyn.” 

If you’re a parent who is already intimidated by math, it can be hard to identify a math program that’s both appropriate for your child and also doesn’t require you to have a certain level of confidence or ability to help them.

In fact, Julie and Brooklyn had already tried many other programs, but nothing seemed to help.

Elephant Learning was the program they were looking for.

Related: Teaching Math When a Homeschooling Mom Has Math Anxiety

Why Elephant Learning?

There are many reasons why a student experiences anxiety with math. 

Math is often performed in front of other people — a teacher or a parent — which can make it hard for kids to hide their weaknesses. 

A child’s self-confidence is easily hurt when they’re put in the humiliating position of revealing just how little they understand.

So for kids like Brooklyn, who already suffer from anxiety, the Elephant Learning app is a major relief, and provides a much-needed boost to their confidence.

It’s just the child and the math app. No adults hovering to correct or judge. 

Just a child with their smartphone or computer who is ready to play some games focused on universal math concepts.

The app dynamically adjusts to each learner. There’s no demand on your child to answer questions they “should know at their age” to make your child feel they’re behind or not smart.

The app can identify the concepts your child needs help with depending on whether your child masters a game or struggles and adjusts the games accordingly. 

It teaches math that is tailored to your child’s needs. It meets your child wherever they are in their math skills and uses that as the starting point.

No two users of the Elephant Learning app have the same experience, because every child’s learning journey is different.

Brooklyn and Tyler Discover Elephant Learning

Elephant Learning adjusted the math games for Brooklyn to meet her at her comfort level, which was at the 9-year-old level when she started. Brooklyn didn’t know that her skills were at that age level, but the app did. 

Brooklyn didn’t need to feel ashamed about being “behind.” Shame is never a healthy motivator, which is why the Elephant Learning statistics are stored where a parent can review them privately.

By removing the shame around feeling behind, Brooklyn was able to embrace the fun math games and not worry about how she was progressing. 

The app secretly tracks her progress, and offers more challenging problems only after she’s achieved a certain degree of mastery.

The app doesn’t push or pull your child along. There’s no predetermined path they have to adhere to. 

Your child builds the path themselves, with Elephant Learning as their guide to gently encourage and challenge them.

This gentle guidance builds confidence and allows your kids to enjoy the learning experience, even as the material gets progressively harder.

By building their confidence, they’re less likely to feel anxious when they encounter unfamiliar content.

They’re learning that they don’t have to be scared of math, and that they are capable of much more than they realized.

After only six months of using the app, Brooklyn has already mastered over a year’s worth of math concepts, and shows continual improvement.

Thirty minutes a week is all it takes to get kids like Brooklyn on a track towards lasting math confidence and success.

And her brother’s results are astounding. Tyler started out over a year behind his peers, but within six months he has mastered two-and-a-half years worth of math.

If Tyler continues on this trajectory, he’ll not only surpass his peers, he will build self-confidence that will carry him through the rest of his life.

Building confidence in math has a lasting effect on kids who once struggled with it. They’ve learned that they can rely on themselves to overcome challenges. 

They’ve learned that failure does not mean they are not smart, it just means they need more time.

And single parents like Julie can breathe a bit easier, knowing their kids can enjoy learning math at their own pace without needing a parent’s undivided attention. 

That’s two fewer things Julie has to juggle this year and every year that follows. As a single parent, that’s a powerful thing she can continue to rely on. 

Related: Elephant Learning Helps Kids of All Math Abilities Get Better

Brooklyn’s Results: 

  • Age: 13.8 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 9.3 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 10.6 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.3 years
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Tyler’s Results: 

  • Age: 4.8 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 3.5 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 5 years
  • The difference after six months: 2.5 years
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“I would love for her to feel confident in math and enjoy learning again!” – Mother, Julie 

How Ellis Escaped the Vicious Cycle of Re-Learning Math Concepts Every Year
Aug 10

How Ellis Escaped the Vicious Cycle of Re-Learning Math Concepts Every Year

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Which scenario would you rather find yourself in? 

Being asked, “What is 5 times 4?” or “Why does 5 times 4 equal 20?” 

There’s a reason teachers go through extensive educational training before they attempt to teach math to others. 

But what if you could do it yourself – at home?

Searching for the answer to that question is what brought Raelyn, mother of first-grader Ellis, to Elephant Learning.

Ellis’ teachers had already identified his limited attention span as a potential roadblock to learning.

Raelyn explains, “He struggles with focusing in a classroom setting, but can be easily redirected. In talking to his teacher, it’s topics he may not have that much knowledge about or it’s information that doesn’t catch his attention.”

When Raelyn found Elephant Learning, she discovered an app filled with engaging math games that would likely hold Ellis’ attention long enough to learn something new.

Raelyn wants Ellis to love learning math as much as he loves reading, and the two skills are in fact tied to each other. Research shows that children who do more math are better readers, writers, speakers, and problem solvers.

Challenges

Teaching math to kids these days is a daunting task for any parent, and it doesn’t matter how confident parents are in their own math skills. 

It can be hard to put into words the how and why of math concepts for an adult audience, and trying to make these concepts make sense to a child is even harder. 

Adding to that dilemma is the trend of constantly evolving math curriculum. 

New insights into teaching math can impact students in a positive way. 

The rapid development of various math problem-solving procedures can keep parents and students in a vicious cycle of re-learning, rather than building on concept mastery and moving forward. 

For example, if a student has already mastered addition, they might still be expected to learn a new series of steps for addition, even though it’s a concept they’ve already mastered. 

This trend is evident in many educational settings: learning math concepts has shifted to learning multiple math procedures, with students expected to learn several ways to solve the same problem.

Suddenly, the way many adults were taught math in elementary and middle school is no longer the standard approach. In fact, it can feel like there’s no standard approach at all.

For many parents, their math knowledge is considered obsolete when it comes time to help their kids with math homework. 

Any confidence a parent may have in helping their child answer a math problem is often met with their child grumbling at them, “That’s not how the teacher wants us to do it” — even if the answer is correct.

Suddenly the roles are reversed, and now it’s your child’s job to teach you the various ways they’re supposed to do the math, even as they themselves are struggling to understand it, let alone put it into words. 

This role reversal would be a small miracle for a younger child who is still learning how to communicate in general. 

In this familiar scenario, feelings of frustration in both parents and their children can leave everyone feeling helpless and discouraged.

Raelyn shares this frustration with her son Ellis. “The strategies they teach [in school] involve using more than one way to find the answer which is challenging. He forgets steps in between and it crushes him. He’s frustrated and I’m frustrated.”

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Finding Elephant Learning

Imagine Raelyn’s relief when she found Elephant Learning, a math program designed to empower children with their math progress.

What makes Elephant Learning so effective is that it teaches math concepts, not procedures. That means your child is learning how to problem-solve rather than memorizing a series of steps for a designated problem.

In other words, your child builds their own toolbox of diverse problem-solving skills. And like a toolbox, they can use those skills in a variety of contexts and at any grade level. 

Their confidence in their math abilities isn’t tied to a specific style of solving math problems. That’s how Elephant Learning is 100 percent compatible with all math standards and curriculums.

When your child learns the universal language of mathematics, it means they can more easily adapt to their rapidly changing world — new teachers, new schools, new curriculum, or real-world challenges.

The result is a student who experiences increased understanding, increased learning, and increased confidence.

For kids like Ellis, that means their confidence in their math abilities isn’t tied to how well they know a specific type of problem. They can rely on their trained, mathematical intuition to tackle a problem regardless of the context.

And thank goodness for that, because the math curriculum continues to evolve at every grade level. 

Even if Ellis masters his first-grade math curriculum, he will likely face a new curriculum with a new methodology in the future, leaving him and his mom back at square one to learn an entirely new method for solving the same problem. 

But Elephant Learning removes parents and students from that vicious cycle of re-learning how to do math every year.

Related: Constant Curriculum Changes Leads Parents to Elephant Learning

Success with Math Games

Learning math isn’t automatically more fun just because it’s on an app instead of in a classroom. What makes Elephant Learning so effective is that it turns learning math into a game. 

For example, your child might be presented with a screen full of pandas and asked to make eight equal groups of pandas. Or, they might be given an empty pattern and asked to fill in a fraction of the image.

Don’t let the fun graphics and animations in Elephant Learning mislead you: learning math concepts through games is a research-based approach to ensure engagement and information retention. 

Elephant Learning math games are designed by early-age education researchers who have studied successful math gamification models.

For a kid like Ellis, this fun, game-like approach to doing math is exactly what he needs to hold his attention. As Raelyn says, “I just want him to have fun,” and with Elephant Learning it’s hard not to, with a variety of games at Ellis’ fingertips, whether he’s using the mobile app or a computer.

As Ellis plays his math games, the program adapts to his learning progress. He can’t possibly get bored, because once he’s mastered a concept the program introduces more challenging material. 

And if he does struggle, the program adjusts accordingly to prevent unnecessary frustration.

This model is paying off for Ellis already. When he began Elephant Learning he was doing math below his age level. After six months, he’s mastered over four years of material and is now ahead of 7-year-olds. 

Elephant Learning makes sure parents stay in the loop when it comes to their child’s progress too.

The detailed progress report lets parents see exactly which areas their kids need help in, and which areas show progress. That gives parents the freedom to focus their time and attention on where they think it matters.

Regardless of where kids start in their math journey, Elephant Learning meets them where they are and builds their confidence. 

A confident learner is a happy and motivated learner, and motivation is what keeps kids actively learning as they grow.

Imagine the frustration melting away as your child masters a year’s worth of math in just three months, after playing with the Elephant Learning app for 30 minutes a week.

You’ve finally escaped that vicious cycle once and for all.

Related: The Critical Differences Between Elephant Learning and Other Math Apps

Ellis’ Results: 

  • Age: 7 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 3.5 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 7.6 years
  • The difference after six months: 4.1 years!

“I want Ellis to feel confident about learning” – Mom, Raelyn

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