This post is brought to you by Revolution Math, but all opinions are my own.
We battle the summer slide every year, and it always seems like Math is the biggest issue. It also happens to be my oldest daughters favorite subject (Hooray for S.T.E.A.M. kids), one that I do not excel at and have been wanting to find someone to tutor her so that she can work on something she loves. I was considering one of those learning centers where you go and they tutor your student, but we don't have any that are close to us (they all closed down). Revolution Math is an amazing, easy option for busy families because all you need is an internet connection to participate in the hour-long tutor session.
We jumped at the chance to try out Revolution Math to see if JaMonkey would like it. We signed up for the free trial and already have plans to continue for the rest of the summer because she loved it so much. As a reviewer, she gets to try out a lot of things in our house and Revolution Math was the one thing that she asked me the moment she got done if we could continue doing the program. So I'm beyond excited to share our experience with you.
How Revolution Math works
Revolution Math is a smart after school (or summer) activity to help 2nd-5th graders build better math skills and a love for learning. Each week, students log into their online accounts and join their classroom via a table or home computer (equipped with a camera). A classroom generally consists of the teacher and three other classmates. They use a story-based curriculum and fun games to keep the kids engaged. They sent a cool Revolution Math kit to get us started that included pieces for the games, the storybook that they will be following along with at their level and some character masks to use if they like.
There are always four characters in the story and the kids pick a character to be during each lesson. Then they kids read that characters part in the story, as they progress they will be faced with math games to help them progress further.
On our very first lesson JaMonkey was faced with a division problem, something she hasn't covered in school yet but the teacher was extremely helpful on explaining it to her and patient with her as she walked through the problem step by step. She was so excited when she got the problem correct. Her teacher even ends the class on a positive note by having the kids take turns giving each other compliments and telling them what they excelled in that day. Because I don't know about you but math can be a total downer sometimes. It is so confusing to me that I have panic attacks. I'm so glad I'm done with all the math classes for college!
Keeping kids engaged in Math
Another way Revolution Math keeps the kids excited about coming back each week is the fact that they earn gems that they can save up to win some cool prizes. The more gems you save, the bigger the prize. It is a nice incentive for kids that really don't like math and may fight you on doing to sessions. I think this program is really amazing and I'm so glad that we have found something to feed her love for math and keep her ahead of the curve during the school year.
Try Revolution Math for your children by signing up for the free 14-day trial here.