Online programmes can be a great way to get children into the habit of extra learning at home, in a way that’s more fun and motivating for them so there will be no arguments about getting them to spend time practising their learning.
The Maths Factor is a fun online programme for primary school ages children, focusing on maths skills.
It’s been found that regular sessions, even for 15 minutes at a time, can really make a difference to accelerate children’s learning and that the “little and often” approach works brilliantly.
The programme includes daily sessions which start off with a maths video from Carol Vorderman where she explains the concept, and then continues with some quick warm up activity and then the main practise where children complete games to consolidate what they learned in the video.
As you can see, the site is bright and appealing and really user friendly for both kids and parents.
The site was set up by Carol Vorderman, the UK’s best-selling children’s education author – and I’m sure a lot of parents remember her from Count Down too! Luckily my kids do enjoy maths, and I would love for them to have the confidence and ability with numbers that Carol has, so she is a great person to learn from.
Carol said: “I set up TheMathsFactor.com, offering video tutorials, practical sessions and games, to help children establish maths confidence at an early age. Since The Maths Factor started in 2010, over 25,000 pupils have signed up to the site and now we can see the incredible results that come from doing ‘little and often’. Building maths confidence early and encouraging enjoyment of the subject is key to improving the performance of British children.”
I signed up my eldest boy, who is 7 years old and in Year 3, to try out The Maths Factor. He found that Carol Vorderman’s videos were really easy to understand and made new topics clear to him very quickly.
The way that topics are explained in the videos with visuals on the white board, clear explanations and repetition of the key points does make the maths very simple.
The video content makes The Maths Factor different to other online learning programmes we’ve tried, and I think they will really help with learning. Each video is only a few minutes long, so that they keep the children’s attention.
If your child needs more practice on a particular topic they can repeat that unit’s videos and practice if they need to, and if you need to, you can also skip your child ahead in the programme. You will need the parent password to do this, so children can’t move themselves around in the programme without a parent’s knowledge. You’ll also get an email to let you know that they have moved forward to another topic.
Studies have shown that taking part in a little bit of Maths practice every day can boost a child’s progress by up to 25 months in one year. To make this accessible to every child, The Maths Factor are offering access to the 30 Day Challenge for just £1!
Visit www.themathsfactor.com to take part.
The 30 Day Challenge launches on 1 September 2015 and can be started any time before 30 September 2015 and used for a 30 day period. Signing-up for The 30 Day Challenge will also allow users access to The Maths Factor site. To sign up, and to take advantage of an introductory £1 offer, visit: www.themathsfactor.com Usual subscription price is £9.99 per month. There is no minimum commitment and subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.
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