Math at Home
A website of thought-provoking math activities, games, and practice pages for students, grades pre-K to 5
In the face of a pandemic, the Math Learning Center joined forces with the Maier Math Foundation to launch a dynamic website in support of remote learning.
When the COVID-19 pandemic swept through our lives in the spring of 2020, everything changed. Perhaps no one felt this change as quickly and completely as teachers and students. Schools were now forced to adapt curriculum on-the-fly for virtual use. And, when summer arrived with no vaccine on the horizon, many children put academics aside as parents struggled to manage both daycare and remote work.
“Our staff instantly realized we had kids stuck at home, parents who didn’t know what to do, and teachers who were freaking out,” says Math Learning Center’s Chief Learning Officer Patrick Vennebush. “So our team worked their tails off to provide math routines that were both rigorous and accessible, and to provide it right when students, teachers, and parents needed it: right now.”
When (Math) Problems are the Solution
The result was Math at Home. Math at Home was designed to engage students in deep mathematical thinking as they work in blended and virtual learning environments. These free resources— with no student, parent, or educator registration or login required—include activities and games aligned to key mathematical concepts. A monthly set of activities is automatically switched to a new set at the beginning of each month.
“Math at Home was not a knee-jerk response, but we knew we had to do something,” says Math Learning Center’s Chief Executive Officer Rick Ludeman. “The concept was simple: ‘here are some rich, interesting math-related activities that students can do without necessarily having a teacher involved.’ That was the genesis of it.”
Designed for pre-K through 5 students, Math at Home is continually refined, improved, and tailored to the evolving needs of its audience. And while the content is aligned to Bridges in Mathematics—MLC’s core curriculum— it is not dependent upon the curriculum.
Math at Home needed to have a dual purpose. Support Bridges teachers, as well as those who are not. And one of the beautiful things is that the Maier Math Foundation can take on projects for the public good. It’s also a nice test bed where we can try some things out, where people are like ‘Oh, I love that! Can you give us more?’
Answering a Need
Math at Home has enjoyed an incredible number of hits since its release: vastly exceeded anything Maier Math Foundation had previously anticipated.
“It’s really exciting,” says Patrick. “We have educators, math professionals, and decision makers sharing the site as examples of routines to use during distance learning. And we’re learning all the time. So we look forward to continuing to support students, parents, and educators moving forward.”