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March 12th, 2013 at 9:06 am

Can Math Be Fun?

Do you read bedtime stories to your kids? How about adding another piece to the routine that might just help them learn to love, or at least not fear math? What, you say?

There’s an excellent website called that provides daily age appropriate math problems that are perfect for that special time at the end of the day when you’ve got your child’s undivided attention, when they’re usually trying to prolong the time before they have to go to sleep. Why not spice it up with a daily mental math question?

We’re not talking get out the calculator and the graph paper. These are just questions that incorporate a little bit of math in the finding the answer. Even if you’re not good at math yourself, not to worry. This site provides the problem and the solution. The questions are related to everyday life situations, so you don’t have to know how to solve for x in order to encourage them to use their noggins on some math that makes perfect sense.

The website provides the tools for success. You can visit the site or sign up for a daily newsletter with the day’s problem. There are charts for plotting progress. And if you’re a teacher, you can access a guide for helping parents. There’s a facebook page and a twitter feed that provides the daily problem so it’s really easy to get the latest. Each problem has a “wee ones”, a “little kids” and a “big kids” version, so you can choose the complexity that is best for your child’s age.

I was good at math, although I don’t know if there was any specific trigger that got me to like it. My kids didn’t get the math gene and I always wished I could somehow flip that switch. While it might be a little bit late for my two, might just be the way to get your young ones interested in a fun and friendly way.

Leave it to an enterprising mom, Laura Overdeck, to find a way to help us harried parents introduce math in an engaging and user friendly way. We need to encourage more of the coming generations to embrace science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Bedtime Math makes it easy to get started.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.


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