“Numerical Fluency” vs. Memorizing “Number Facts”

By Mathnasium | July 30, 2018

We want to introduce the importance of “numerical fluency” and learning basic “number facts.”

Picture this scenario. A teacher asks a classroom, “If you spend 70 cents, 80 cents, and 90 cents, how much did you spend altogether?”

The teacher is thinking:

“7 + 8 + 9 = 24.  With a zero at the end, the answer would be 240 cents.”

However, our “finger counting” students, which is sadly too many of them, are thinking:

Make Family Travel More Fun with Kids Math Learning Games

By Mathnasium | July 9, 2018

Improve your family travel with a few fun and engaging kids math learning games. These are great as kids car games, airplane games, or train games!

Kids who get bored while traveling often start bickering or complaining, making every minute feel like an hour. Parents may be tempted to give in to the easy fix, allowing more screen time than usual. If you’d prefer to limit screen time and keep kids entertained and engaged with family, we’ve got some great ideas. Rather than have the kids “tune out” with electronics, have them “turn on” their brains with the following A+ math games!

No Use for Algebra? Try Creating “League of Legends” Without It.

By Mathnasium | June 18, 2018

If you want to build the “most played PC video game” in all of North America and Europe, you need math. Lots of it.

Sure, computers do the heavy lifting, but if you don’t understand how linear algebra works, it’s game over.

So says software engineer Eric Friedman, who works on League of Legends (LoL), the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that’s topped the charts since its debut in 2009.

9 Fun Activities to Prevent Summer Learning Loss (and Boost Math Skills)

By Mathnasium | June 11, 2018

Long summer days invite the family to spend extra time relaxing, playing, and connecting. Many parents also look for ways bolster their children’s math skills, but family time should be fun, not stressful! We compiled nine fun family activities that help combat “the summer learning loss phenomenon” (a.k.a. “the summer slide”) in math and create lasting memories.

Proportional Thinking (Number Sense Series, Part 3)

By Mathnasium | May 14, 2018

“If the world was the size of a basketball, my house would be as big as a flea’s flea!”

This is an example of how a seven year old once expressed proportional thinking to Mathnasium’s Co-Founder and Chief Education Officer, Larry Martinek. Of course, this seven year old didn’t know he was expressing proportional thinking at the time, he just knew it was fun to think about familiar objects changing size in relation to other familiar objects!

How To Prevent “Summer Learning Loss” in Math

By Mathnasium | April 17, 2018

When is your child better at math—at the end of a grade level or at the beginning of the next grade?

If you answered, “end of a grade level,” you’re usually right. The typical child has more math skills when they leave second grade than when they enter third grade. That’s because, during the summer, the majority of students lose the equivalent of two months of math skills.