There’s no getting around it — math just requires practice. Students will never be good at manipulating numbers without being incredibly familiar with them, forwards and backwards, inside and out. Math games are fun ways to gain that familiarity and practice facts without it seeming like drill. Math games are the solution to whining and nagging! Kids who love math are confident in their abilities and kids who are confident love math. Help build your children’s confidence in their math skills, and their love of math, by providing them fun games with which to practice their skills.
We use math games in two different ways:
Daily Skills Games are 5-10 minute HTML5 games built right into each lesson. Students drag and drop base-ten blocks to build numbers or they match geometric shapes with their attributes or play ‘Memory’ with math terms.
Math Arcade Games are a place where learners can drill math arithmetic facts like the times tables, over and over, but in a fun way by making a frog leap onto the log with the correct answer or helping an archer shoot the target with the correct answer. No more drill and kill — we play and drill. Students may spend as much or little time in the Math Arcade as parents feel is necessary, and it’s completely optional. Use this tool however you like.
Benefits of Gamification:
- Math concepts become exciting, engaging and entertaining as well as educational.
- Role-play and competitive elements add an immersive, interactive angle, increasing engagement.
- Students see the real-world applications and benefits of math by applying concepts they’ve learned to practical scenarios.
- Students receive real-time feedback as they work toward meaningful targets.
- Students who are excited about learning are more likely to retain information and skills.
- Students who feel confident about their math skills enjoy math and vice versa.
- The informal learning environment is less stressful and more effective.
- Math games reduce math anxiety.
- Gamified learning is multi-sensory.
- Students feel ownership over their learning.
- Better retention and increased confidence increase aptitude for and improve attitude toward math in general.
- Students learn more efficiently and effectively.
- Parents don’t have to nag.
- Lessens parental workload.