Since Ella has Chinese tutoring four days a week (for an hour each time), plus dance classes, I wondered how she’d feel about spending an hour doing math each week, but week after week, she’s SO enthusiastic about it and bounces in the door from school asking for a quick snack so she doesn’t miss a minute of her class.
After the first month, we actually bumped her up from a third grade squad to a fourth grade squad to push her a little more, and that’s been a great decision that’s helped her learn new math skills and also help her math vocabulary which is mainly in Chinese right now.
If you’re not familiar with Revolution Math, it’s an online program designed for 2nd through 5th graders for use as a weekly after-school program.
They have tons of time slots, so it’s easy to find one that works with your schedule and every week, you join 2-3 other students and your live tutor for an hour long math adventure together.
One thing I love is that it’s the same tutor every week, so you get to know them and they get to you know.
Each week, your squad goes on an adventure where you use math to solve mysteries and puzzles as a team.
It’s a story-based curriculum and when you sign up, you get a free box of materials with masks, manipulatives, graph paper and other pieces to help you solve the mysteries. I get a total kick out of seeing Ella sitting at my laptop with her mask on doing math problems.
When I talked about it last fall, I did a little InstaStory of Ella participating and I got messages from two readers saying, “My child is in the same class as your child! I thought that was you folding laundry in the background!”
And I got a stunning amount of emails and direct messages from people who signed up their children and LOVED it.
From children who had never had a good experience with math and were, for the first time, finding math enjoyable, to kids who loved math and wanted a new way to practice and develop their skills, Revolution Math is seriously one of the best tools I’ve ever seen.
It’s a far cry from the two-color pixeled multiplication flash cards I used on our computer when I was growing up (although in defense of that program, I still know them all the way up to 15 x 15 and it’s been one of the best life skills I ever developed).
Laundry folding not required.