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Case Study: Zoey and Buddy
Dec 23

Case Study: Zoey and Buddy

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Zoey and Buddy bring tons of joy to their grandparent’s lives. Though both grandparents adore their grandchildren, they struggled to homeschool them in mathematics. 

1/ Challenges

Both kids had distinct challenges met by Elephant Learning’s math program. 

Zoey

Zoey was behind in mathematics by national standards, even though she excelled in art and languages. To her grandparents, Zoey is, “The butterfly in our family, always happy and singing.” Zoey loved school but struggled in math, despite her best efforts. Her grandparents worked on her confidence while tackling her weaknesses. 

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

Buddy 

Buddy was at-level in mathematics by national standards. In fact, he excelled in all school subjects. Buddy was, “A perfectionist by nature.” He got upset when he missed answers and was elated when he earned 100% on any exam. His grandparents worked hard to supplement his math to make sure he did not give in to laziness. The bottom line is that Buddy needed more mathematics to keep him interested in the subject. 

2/ Finding Elephant Learning

Money is tight in the family, so their grandparents looked for programs with scholarships. They immediately applied when they learned that Elephant Learning offered a scholarship with Math Matters. Their heartwarming story lowered their fees from $35 per student a month to only $10 per student! 

Related: The Early Years: Teaching Young Children Math Concepts

3/ Zoey and Buddy’s Results With Elephant Learning 

Zoey

Zoey started with an Elephant age three years below her level. After playing an average of 30 minutes a day, she has improved almost two and a half years in her Elephant Learning age! 

  • Age: 7 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 4.10 years (below level) 
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 6.38 years (at level)
  • The difference after six months: 2.28 years! 

Buddy

Buddy loves math, but boredom held him back a year according to his Elephant Learning age. Playing on Elephant Math games brought his math skills above-level for his age! 

  • Age: 6 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 5.00 years (below level) 
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 6.50 years (above level)
  • The difference after six months: 1.50 years! 

Case Study: Elijah and Kamaria
Dec 16

Case Study: Elijah and Kamaria

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Summary

Elijah and Kamaria are two peas in a pod — ambitious and creative. Elijah (13) wants to be an engineer, while Kamaria (15) wants to graduate her homeschooling program early to become a pro modern dancer. Both are extremely bright, yet mathematics was the only barrier holding them back. After six months with Elephant Learning, both kids are back on track to meet their biggest dreams. 

1/ Challenges

After a big family move, each child struggled to adapt to a new academic environment which regressed their math skills even further. 

Elijah

Elijah once excelled in math and science, but pulling him out of his comfort zone caused: 

  • Low confidence in his math abilities
  • Low engagement in his coursework
  • Regression in basic math fundamentals

Kamaria

Though Kamaria excelled in creative studies, mathematics was her biggest barrier because of:  

  • Slow math comprehension
  • Difficulty meeting math goals
  • Scoring low on math tests

2/ Finding Elephant Learning

Elijah’s and Kamaria’s mom Malaika found Elephant Learning while looking for low-cost and affordable math supplements. She applied for Elephant Learning’s Scholarship and said, “I was determined I would sign up and apply. I knew if we got the scholarship it would be even more affordable and my children would be on the road to excelling.” 

3/ Elijah’s and Kamaria’s Results With Elephant Learning

After six months on the program, both kids are performing with wonderful results. 

Elijah 

Even though he started with an Elephant Age below his level, after half a year, Elijah’s competency is up and he’s achieving 100% on all his course work. 

  • Age: 13 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 9.38 years (below level) 
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 12.65 years (at level)
  • The difference after six months: 3.27 years! 

Elijah's scores

Elijah is working hard in mathematics again because it is essential for engineers, what he wants to be when he grows up. His mom is happy the math gap is closed and looks forward to enrolling him at Rooted, a revolutionary tech-based charter school. 

Kamaria

Kamaria is making leaps and strides on her Elephant Learning program. With six months of coursework under her belt, she is also stepping up her math game. 

  • Age: 15 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 9.16 years (below level) 
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 11.24 years (at level)
  • The difference after six months: 2.08 years! 

Kamaria's scores

Kamaria no longer spends late nights trying to digest mathematical concepts. She is earning better math scores at home and is working even harder to graduate early to pursue a dance scholarship. 

“Elephant Math can help both of my children achieve the goals they have set for themselves knowing that math is not a barrier but math is possible.” – Mom, Malaika

Case Study: T.O.U.C.H. Tulsa
Sep 18

Case Study: T.O.U.C.H. Tulsa

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

A nonprofit in Tulsa that works with low-income and refugee children experienced amazing results using the Elephant Learning app. On average, all the students in the program learned an average of 1.25 years of math by using the app for 23 minutes per week during the beta testing period. 

We talked to Laura, one of the nonprofit administrators, to learn more about her experience with Elephant Learning and her students’ response to the app. 

Taking Math Out of the Classroom

T.O.U.C.H. Tulsa was originally formed to help a low-income, oft-forgotten community in Tulsa through after-school programming funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. The after-school program, called The Zone Academy and now in its 12th year, is an enrichment program. That means T.O.U.C.H. Tulsa partners with schools to provide children with auxiliary learning experiences that complement what they’re already learning in the classroom. The Zone is STEAM-based, so it provides learning experiences focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math. During an average afternoon in the program, a child enjoys some recreation time and snacks, alongside homework time and tutoring. 

Before working with the Elephant Learning app, children at The Zone would have math sessions, though those sessions weren’t referred to as a traditional “math class.” According to Laura, she and her team didn’t want to mirror children’s experiences in school, where they just sat down and did some math problems.

Related: The Real Reason Math Curriculum is Failing Your Child

Instead, The Zone incorporates math, science, engineering and other STEAM concepts into hands-on activities. 

The Needs: Effective, User-Friendly, Customizable

Last year, Laura says, her supervisor and the program director came across Elephant Learning while searching through different math apps that could be used as part of Zone curriculum. She and her colleagues wanted a math app that was:

  • Effective: The students would increase their math skills.
  • User-friendly: An app that the students could use on their own, via an iPad or computer. With a large number of students, the app needed to be easy to use.
  • Customizable: The app needed to be easy to use, but robust enough that the exercises could be individualized to each student. 

Out of all the math learning apps and resources they came across, Elephant Learning was the most user-friendly and convenient, allowing the kids to just tap and go. 

Elephant Learning Makes the Grade

Currently, students are using the Elephant Learning app on their individual iPads. App usage is incorporated into the program’s homework time, so, after a student finishes their homework during that allotted time period, they can go play on the Elephant Learning app. It’s simple and easy for them to use; all they have to do is look for their name and start playing. 

Last year, 60 students were using the program, first through third grade. This semester, 100 students are using the program, from pre-K to sixth grade. 

Engagement Equals Enhanced Comprehension 

According to Laura, last year all the kids who used the Elephant Learning app “really loved it.” In fact, she said, they couldn’t get some kids to stop! They would have played the app 20, 30 or 40 minutes if allowed. All in all, the kids were engaged and they were having fun. 

As for Laura and her team, they were very impressed with the variety of activities the app offered to children, so there was always a game that matched each individual child’s interests and abilities. They also appreciated that they could go into the app and see how much time children were spending on activities, how much they accomplished each day and where they were at any given moment with their math comprehension. 

Many of the Zone students advanced significantly using the Elephant Learning app and ended up two or three years ahead of their starting math comprehension level. 

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The Final Word

If any parent or teacher were interested in using Elephant Learning with their child, Laura says she would tell them to definitely check it out. “It’s a great way for them to practice their skills and learn new ones, and it’s pretty easy to use.” 

Case Study: A 5th Grader’s Journey with Elephant Learning
Aug 14

Case Study: A 5th Grader’s Journey with Elephant Learning

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Fifth grade is a crucial time for children, especially in math class. Division, decimals, fractions, exponents and basic geometry — it can all be stressful for not only students, but parents, too. This is a fact that one of our Elephant Learning parents knew very well. 

Tears at Math Time

Nicole H. has a 10-year-old fifth-grader, Kaelyb, who, before using the Elephant Learning app, was not only failing math, but he was also becoming disruptive during his math classes. 

Things weren’t much better at home. According to Nicole, all of their after-school homework sessions were filled with frustrated looks, whining and excuses. For Kaelyb, his big excuse was always the same: He couldn’t remember how to do the problem-solving he’d been taught at school. 

Making Math Time Fun Again

Nicole came across an ad for the Elephant Learning app while scrolling through social media. Though she couldn’t find many reviews, she decided to give the app a try. 

Kaelyb had already been involved with tutors at his school, and Nicole had invested in a large dry erase board at home to make homework time more convenient.

Almost immediately, Nicole began seeing positive changes with Kaelyb, particularly when it came to how excited he was when it came to math time. Kaelyb was excited to see how the Elephant Learning app worked and they were both thrilled that he could easily log in and play all by himself; in fact, she says, there are so many games to choose from that he had a difficult time choosing the first games to play!

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Getting Ahead with Increased Confidence 

Now, Kaelyb is using the Elephant Learning app five days a week for as much as an hour per day, logging in first thing in the morning. He loves all the games and challenges himself to dedicate as much time as possible to the app, playing on it every day instead of just the recommended three times per week.

Nicole loves the app because, while Kaelyb is having a fun time playing games and learning math concepts, she’s receiving charts that give her a good indication of his struggle areas so she can then personally work with him on those concepts. 

The family has been using the app for about a month now. At Kaelyb’s first assessment, the app indicated what Nicole already knew — that he performed below grade level when it came to math. But, within the month they’ve been using the app regularly, Kaelyb advanced so much that he’s now understanding math concepts beyond his grade level. 

Nicole is excited for Kaelyb to return to school equipped with the new skills he’s learned and his increased confidence when it comes to solving math problems. 

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