Our mission is to help children become confident, enthusiastic, masterful math learners…ready to make their difference in the world.
What We Do For Kids
- We help children in grades K-5 tap into their natural strengths and use them as powerful tools for learning math.
- We make math fun, so kids are excited and motivated to keep learning.
- We help kids become confident that they can figure out challenging math problems, seeing mistakes as a natural part of moving closer to a solution.
What We Do For Parents
- We help kids and parents relax and have fun with math at home.
- We show you the best ways to help with math when homework looks intimidating or strange.
- We connect you to a community of awesome parents who want to help their kids excel and to love math.
What We Do For Teachers and Homeschoolers
- We share our best resources and insider tips on the best ways to use drawing, manipulatives, and play in your classroom.
- We help you make math time more impactful, engaging, and fun!
- We keep your teaching fresh with new activities and games that help your kids master new math skills.
I’ve been a teacher as long as I can remember, going on 20-something years now. I started out as a linguist, teaching ESL and literacy, then moved on to building science camps, family nights, children’s musicals and other fun stuff.
Math came much later. For many years I avoided math like the plague, actually. I was exceptionally bad at math, and clearly did not possess the “math gene”.
Which is why, years later, when a chance encounter with a library book rocked my world and turned me into a math lover (I’ll tell you that crazy story sometime), I realized that “bad at math” is a giant myth.
Some of us just need (or prefer?) to learn math a little differently. And trust me, it changes everything.
There’s a quote on my wall that says, “Be who you needed when you were younger.” There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing a child’s face light up with that dawning realization that THIS is how math works, that she CAN do it, and OMG–math is fun!
I see how your methods can help struggling learners. Are they challenging enough for a child who is advanced in math?
One of the most unique characteristics of Artful Math is that most activities are “low floor, high ceiling”. What this means is that a child at a beginning level can be successful, while a child with advanced skills will feel challenged–all with the same activity.
Often, these activities have several tiers. The first tier is an easy introduction to the activity. Later tiers get progressively harder. Some kids might spend the whole time on the first tier, while others quickly move up to more challenging versions of the activity.
We (sadly) live too far away for my kids to attend your camps or classes. What do you have for families who don’t live locally?
The books in my Miss Brain’s Cool Math Games series are a great place to start. The dice and card games are an easy way for parents to help their kids build skills and get excited about math at home.
Keep your eyes peeled for my new online program for grades 2-5, which will be released in spring 2018. It’s going to be awesome!
Have more questions? Drop me an email; I would love to hear from you. Contact Kelli.