In times of crisis, fear, and quarantine, we need to guide our children to use their imagination and learning through fun.
During this time, while the WHO has recommended minimum contact with other people, a sense of boredom is easily filling our children. This boredom is something that as a 21st-century society we have encouraged unconsciously. We we don’t know what to do without our time tables, schedules, daily activities and routines which leave very little time for children to use their imagination. In turn, when we make our children responsible of filling a larger portion of their own schedule, with activities of their choice, we often hear the response, I’m bored!”
We have overburdened our children with swimming classes, football practice, hockey practice, band practice, chess class, tutoring classes and so much more. While many of us are “lucky” enough to be able to provide these extracurricular activities to our children, unconsciously, we have created a huge problem. The problem that our children no longer have the imagination to entertain themselves, to use their imagination, their ideas and be resourceful. How can we steer our children toward efficient learning activities online while they are not at school?
Learning efficiently for fun through patterns.
Discovering a Pattern: One of the fundamental outcomes behind the Cognitive Load Theory and CompuSage’s BatterUp math game for primary students is discovering a pattern. When students discover the patterns behind the numbers they can proudly own that accomplishment.
Can repetition be fun?
Sequential Practice: Repetitive and sequential practices help students build their math skills as well as in other subjects. Once students see those results they will be in aw and more motivated to keep betting their skills. Finding repetitive educational games is key.
Recreational Mathematics: Kids need more than just a “this topic is useful” discussion to boost and inspire them to practice their skills. One of the best ways to motivate is finding a FUN resource to integrate into the learning process. The BatterUp math game is a great tool to do just that!
Fun doesn’t mean easy.
Practice Makes Perfect: Such an overused slogan but true in the math sense. Practicing does not always bring about perfection. Frequent repetitive practice in mathematics will help learners attain the skills and knowledge to handle much more complicated math problems. Our Scientific research shows, every student group who used the BatterUp software demonstrated a significant increase in their math skills?
Where can I find efficient but FUN learning resources?
The National Math Bee does it’s very best to package these fundamentals into a FUN recreational way. It’s a way to help students develop their skills in the four basic math categories. It’s a great tool to find out where your students have a void in mathematical knowledge. Knowing their weak spots allows you to help them to improve. The best thing about it is that children can participate in school and at home!
BatterUp players move through different leagues of competition. Students must master fact sets which each have a specified speed and accuracy requirement. Starting at little league with easiest “fact sets,” progress upward to solving harder “fact sets,” up to the 12s. There is only way to move up to a higher league with harder math facts. Players must master the lower level sets. Students can accomplish this with regular practice within a shorter time period.
If your child is not currently enrolled, sign them up today. The National Math Bee runs through the end of May. We are currently in the state phase and students in the same grade and state are competing against one another for the highest Batting Average. Registration is free and only takes a few minutes.
Again, registered teachers and parents, encourage kids to practice at home if they have the means to do so. It’s not HOMEWORK. It’s FUN WORK!