or an average student, mathematics means lots of symbols, memorization of rules to solve problems, and no relation to common sense, intuition or the real world. These inaccurate beliefs naturally lead to negative attitudes towards mathematics at an early age. Researchers suggest that these attitudes begin to be formed when students are taught the standard algorithms in the elementary grades.
Most children enter school with reasonably good problem-solving strategies. However, after several years many children abandon their analytic approach and solve problems by selecting a memorized algorithm based on a relatively superficial reading of the problem.1
Our goal is to change this approach of memorization that is so prevalent in our education system. We have carefully designed the learning process at MathZee with:
Application based Problem Solving
Our learning process emphasizes the application of mathematics in more engaging real or virtual world settings. Mathematical concepts are not presented in a vacuum, but are linked to situations and contexts that are relevant to kids. The assessments also provide parents various recommendations for incorporating mathematics into fun family activities. I think the graphics are great- it has a high quality feel to it. And my son had an affinity for the piggy - Jason Heltzer, Principal, OCA Ventures
Our games balance curriculum-directed instruction with opportunities for open-ended, hands-on explorations. Learning by doing.
We understand the need for assessing kids’ strengths and areas for improvement. However, assessments should never mean asking kids isolated questions, disengaging them from learning, or stopping them from having fun. Our assessments are completely passive, which leads to more engagement and learning for kids, and more accurate analysis for parents.
1. Ref: Hiebert, J. (1984). Children’s mathematical learning: The struggle to link form and understanding. Elementary School Journal, 84 (5): 497-513