"Math is hard!" You may have heard this lament from a classmate when you were in school. You may remember the controversy from the early 90s when Mattel released a Barbie doll that said "Math class is tough!" Perhaps you're hearing something similar from your own children. Come to think of it, how many times have you heard the words "math" and "fun" in the same sentence?
Kids that take Peaksmart quizzes on a regular basis have been reported to actually use these two words together. Is it the way the math questions are presented? Is it due to the bright colors and pretty icons in the quizzes? Or is it the fact that the quizzes are delivered by a computer and may not feel like typical "homework?" It could be the fact that the duration of the quizzes is typically short and students know that they are going to be challenged at just the right level: not too hard, not too easy. In our experience, the more Peaksmart quizzes a child takes, the more often we hear them making positive statements about math.
Practicing math facts may not sound like a fun time for most kids, and we at Peaksmart understand this. That's why we do everything we can to make the experience and environment as friendly and fun as possible. We believe that your Peaksmarter is not going to learn all their math facts and become experienced test-takers by only playing games and having fun all the time. Games have their place, but there comes a time when a little bit of hard work is needed. There are curricula and building blocks and review questions that need to be addressed. But that doesn’t mean that the hard work can't feel less like a chore and more like a bite-sized challenge. Completing a Peaksmart quiz is a little victory - a small, routine accomplishment that not only builds your child's math knowledge gradually, but instills in them a sense of confidence. It's also a source of pride for you as a parent when you see watch your child master a topic that they were just introduced to the week before.
As your child builds their math skills with Peaksmart, you may notice their confidence pour over into other areas. When your child has confidence in their abilities, there's less stress at school about their math exam or the upcoming standardized test. And of course, a more confident, less stressed-out child completes their math work and exams in less time, which frees them up to do other things - like playing in the snow, splashing in the pool, practicing their jump-shot, reading the next Harry Potter book, or getting to the next level of that video game. You know - fun stuff!