Free ‘Bedtime Math!’

December 10th, 2012 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi! It’s Monday, December 10, 2012 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Bedtime Math Problem

Age Range: 4-10 (approximately, with parental participation and supervision)

What an ingenious idea! This website, sponsored by the Overdeck Family Foundation, provides a free, daily, Bedtime Math Problem that helps parents give kids a fun opportunity “to do math in their heads, so someday when they’re shopping and everything’s 20% off, they can figure out the sale price before the store closes.” :)

As explained at the website, the Bedtime Math Problem aims to be “fun and lively, but they won’t keep your kids from falling asleep. In our experience, math can get kids to sit still, focus, and quiet down.”

You can get your free, daily Bedtime Math Problem directly from the website, harvest it from their Facebook page, or you can subscribe to the daily newsletter that delivers it to your email inbox. (See details at the website.) Each BMP offers three levels of challenge to be used as a rough guideline:

  • Wee Ones for pre-school kids
  • Little Kids for children in grades K-2
  • Big Kids for children in grades 3 and up

This is not a math curriculum, and there’s no one right way to use it. It’s simply a fun idea to help parents and kids enjoy math in small daily doses.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the most recent Bedtime Math Problem posted on the home page. When I visited, there were fun math problems themed around:

  • Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
  • Hanukkah Candles
  • Peacocks
  • Falling
  • Money
  • And many more!

Each problem is presented in a fun way that incorporates a little science and history and a lot of humor in the math story-problem. They are designed to engage children’s’ interest immediately. All of the BMPs are archived at the website.

You’ll also find a free, printable BMP calendar to track how many days you do Bedtime Math, and a Teacher/Parent Guide.

The site offers a couple of items for sale, too – but you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the Bedtime Math Problem each day.

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