Back in February, there was an interesting article in TIME magazine entitled “Beyond Counting Sheep“. The article talked about a new group that is trying to get parents to go beyond reading their children bedtime stories. They want parents to support math each night through Bedtime Math.
The group has one goal:
Upon visiting their website, you will see a daily story problem with three problems – Wee Ones (preschool/Kindergarten), Little Kids (K-2ish), and Big Kids (2nd+). There are a wide range of stories, but all of them appeal to children: pillow fights, animals, candy, important dates, games, and so much more!
Worried that your math skills aren’t strong enough to help your child out? No problem! Each day they also include answers for each of the three math questions they answer. They even have a page on their website entitled “How to do bedtime math“.
When I first read the TIME article, I literally thought, “Why didn’t I think of this?” We so often hear statements about how American children are behind other countries in math. And we also know that parents are their children’s first teachers. So this idea makes perfect sense! Plus I can only imagine how much confidence children will gain in their math skills if it’s something they’ve been practicing for years at home before even getting their first round of formal education. I literally cannot think of a single drawback to this wonderful program!
So – what if you’re not a parent? You can still help spread the word at your school! Bedtime Math has a flyer that they want sent home with preschool and elementary children. You can download a copy here or by clicking on the picture below.
If you haven’t already followed one of the links above to learn more about Bedtime Math, I encourage you to do so now! This has so much potential, and I’m excited to see where it goes in the future!