Math Made Fun With Online Classes From Revolution Math

Thanks to Revolution Math for sponsoring this post and offering this amazing offer to my readers.

Math was never my strong subject in school so when it comes to homework time I’m not much help. Luckily, thanks to amazing teachers, my two boys have found math much easier than I did but they still struggle with some of the more difficult concepts sometimes, especially Lucas. I was excited to learn about Revolution Math, interactive learning classes that combine live tutoring with an immersive, story-based curriculum.

Revolution Math is an innovative program designed to help 2nd-5th graders develop their math skills and an overall love of learning. The live, online interface integrates an interactive learning experience with a story-based curriculum and Common Core aligned math games. Students enjoy a small class size of up to 4 students, allowing them to build confidence under the instruction of a dedicated teacher.

Jacob’s Revolution Math teacher starts the class by reminding kids of her two rules: “it’s okay to make mistakes” and “have fun”. I love that Revolution Math makes math fun. I believe that kids are more likely to pick up concepts this way! They read a fun story together and then complete math tasks to help the story characters. Hearing kids laugh while learning math is an amazing sound.

Also, with the small class sizes (Jake is the solo student in his class and Luke has one other student in his), children really get personalized help. Both boys have teachers that are patient when the kids make mistakes and help them through things they are having difficulties with. Children can spend time walking through concepts with the teacher to make sure they don’t just come up with the right answer but they understand and can share how they came to the answer they did. I loved hearing Lucas explain how he figured something out and it really showed me that he understood the concept because he could explain it to the teacher and the other student.

I also like that Revolution Math typically introduces concepts to kids before they will learn it in school so that when it’s introduced in school they are familiar with the concepts already. With as limited as math time is each school day, children will benefit from having this extra weekly time with the concepts so when the homework comes home it’s much easier for them to work through because they’ve already learned the lesson and had review time!

Want this year to be the best yet for your child in regards to math?! I’m excited to be able to offer a great deal to my readers so that you all can try out Revolution Math in your own homes as school is starting this back-to-school season. Revolution Math is offering Making Time For Mommy readers a one month trial for only $1!

This $1 trial includes 4 weeks of Revolution Math’s live online classes and a complimentary learning kit sent directly to your home (a $199 package value!). Use the code MAKINGTIME1 to get the $1 trial. It’s a great way to try the program out, with no obligation to continue if it’s not a good fit (though I think you’ll discover it’s amazing and want to keep going after the month is up)!

Have questions about Revolution Math? You can learn more (and sign up for the $1 trial) here. Also, feel free to contact me if you have questions or want to hear more about our experience so far!

 

The Zap Zap Math App Makes Learning Fun

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.

When I was growing up, practicing math was done using flashcards and worksheets. It was boring and something I dreaded doing which led to math becoming my least favorite subject in school. Nowadays, math is more interactive which makes it fun for kids who are learning and practicing math concepts. They also get to play cool apps like Zap Zap Math which turns math into a game. This app is perfect to keep kids learning at home and on-the-go and will help keep your child from experiencing the dreaded “summer slide” we all hear so much about.

Zap Zap Math is a game-based learning ecosystem that makes learning math fun and engaging, with a series of games covering math topics from Kindergarten to 6th grade. Inhabited by Mathlings, the Zap Zap Math ecosystem brings fun into the equation with a whole universe of math games that are designed based on Bloom’s Taxonomy to encourage children’s critical thinking skills.

Zap Zap Math has over 150 Mathematical topics, with a fully developed comprehensive curriculum that has been designed to mirror common core standards. I like that the app is split up by grade level and it’s easy to switch between the grades so it’s a great app that both my boys can use without having to log out and back in to switch between their two grades. While the kids enjoy playing, I love the web dashboard that lets parents and teachers check each child’s progress by topic and see which areas they might need help in.

Zap Zap Math is available for download on both iOS and Android devices. The app is free to download but you can upgrade to the premium version for only $9.99 a year (that’s less than a dollar a month!)

What’s your favorite way to keep your kids from experiencing the “summer slide”?

TI-Nspire Graphing Calculator Review and Giveaway

If you have a child in high school or college (or are in college yourself) you will LOVE this new calculator by Texas Instruments. According to the company, “the TI-Nspire handheld with Touchpad empowers students to learn across different visual representations of a problem, developing a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. When students can see the math in different ways, they are able to broaden their critical thinking skills and discover meaningful real-world connections.  The Scratchpad on the enhanced home screen allows you to quickly perform calculations and graphs without saving work.  Includes a Touchpad and the ability to use the TI-Nspire Rechargeable Battery (sold separately).”

TI-Nspire Graphing Calculator Features

  • Like a computer in your hand. The versatile graphing calculator has many computer-like features, including a large, high-resolution screen, drop down menus and a built-in cursor which helps students explore problem solving strategies in real-time.
  • Save and review work. Thanks to electronic document capabilities and built-in 20 MB of storage, students can create, save and edit their work similar to the word processing and file storage of a computer.
  • 2 calculators, plus computer software, in one. Interchangeable keypads allow students to use the calculator in TI-Nspire, TI-84 Plus and TI-83 Plus modes, and included computer software brings the TI-Nspire experience to a PC or Mac.

The calculator also comes with freebies like free access to AP, SAT and ACT prep questions from The Princeton Review, free minutes of online homework help from tutor.com, and free downloadable games and applications.

My high-schoolers take:

My younger sister, Morgan, who is a freshman in high-school was excited to get this brand new calculator. She is just learning to use the calculator but is excited about all of it’s features, especially the keyboard.

Giveaway:

One Making Time For Mommy reader will win a “Math Makeover” kit (a $200 value) which includes:

*    A new TI-Nspire with Touchpad and computer software so students can bring their graphing calculator experience to a PC or Mac.
*    60 free minutes at Tutor.com.
*    Several other fun items, including T-shirts, water bottles and cell phone charms.

How To Enter (leave a comment for each entry):

  1. Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy by email or RSS
  2. Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook
  3. Tweet: Enter to #win a new TI-Nspire graphing calculator at www.makingtimeformommy.com from @aliciamarie112
  4. Leave a comment telling me why your child (or you) need a math makeover.

Giveaway ends on October 3, 2010 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I was sent a TI-Nspire Graphing calculator in exchange for my honest opinion about the product.)