On the other hand, due to the playful nature of children, they will tend to develop an aversion to structured learning or anything that they might interpret as work. This aspect of a kid makes it necessary to make learning into a fun experience. This issue of imparting knowledge to children becomes particularly important when it comes to teaching them mathematics.
Fun Learning Experience at Math Monkey
Started in 2006 in the USA by a teacher named Kirsten Fisch, Math Monkey, Ms. Fisch realized that the existing education system was rigid and outdated. She felt that children could get more out of learning if they were taught differently, thus she developed Math Monkey as a place where they remove the monotony of learning math by teaching children the subject through fun activities and games and based on the Vedic Math concept.
Math Monkey has now spread to various countries across the world, including Singapore, where we have two centers conveniently located in Novena and East Coast.
The Vedic Math Concept
To get a better understanding of the way Math Monkey teaches children math, let us take a quick look at the Vedic Math system. Vedic Math is a form of mathematics that was used to teach math to children in ancient India. It uses a set of 16 formulae known as the 16 Sutras, which cover all aspects of math and teaches children to use their mental abilities to solve complex mathematical problems in seconds.
Games at Math Monkey
Children would not be motivated to embrace the Vedic Math system if they were to confront the system directly. Therefore at Math Monkey, Vedic Math is cleverly interwoven into the curriculum through games, which hone the skills of each student in solving problems and working with numbers. The design of each game is such that students learn as they play and compete against each other, developing their math skills to become better and faster at solving mathematical problems.
A few of the games that are played at Math Monkey are:
Blink's Planet of the Apes
Blink's Fishing Tournament
This is a game to train students’ attention, visual and speed abilities. First, students in a team need to cooperate with each other to answer a math problem in order to get the chance to fish. Then, one team member will go to fish. If this team member couldn’t fish a high point fish, the whole team will lose. This can train team members’ emotional quotient and also train the coordination of eye and hand in order to win the game.
This is a game to train students’ speed and improve their physical development. Students need to answer some mathematical questions within a limited time in order to get the chance to knock down the tumbler. The longer the tumbler stands, the higher the points. Since the tumbler is special, it will immediately revert to its original position no matter how strong it has been hit; it may also have the chance to bounce back to the one who had hit it. So, students not only need to solve math questions as soon as possible, but also need to think how to knock oiut the tumbler. They also need to have enough physical coordination in order to win this game.
Blink's Capture the Flag Game
This is a game to train students’ logical reasoning and speed abilities. Students need to capture enemy soldiers. Students need to answer some mathematical questions in order to get the chance to take an enemy soldier. The fastest one to lose all their soldiers will lose the flag and the winner will be the one with the highest number of flags. The game involves speed, planning and good communication between the students. Emotional quotient is also a key to success because their soldiers may be taken by the others.
Blink's Raider of the Lost Math
This is a game that emphasizes on chance which can train students’ emotional quotient. First, students need to calculate the mathemetical questions in order to get the chance to throw the dice and move their piece forward on the board. There are lots of dangerous traps in the game and students need to answer the math problems on the game cards in order to escape. This game can effectively enhance enhance students’ cognitive abilities. If students’ pieces fall into point-losing traps, they will not be able to restore their scores unless they can calculated the math questions fast. This game can also make students’ understand the truth about chance.
Each game focuses on developing the following aspects of the child:
With the games, Math Monkey doesn’t just teach primary school mathematics. It uses a teaching model that helps to develop various aspects of a child’s personality at different levels. By playing math games, the child can practice math in such a way that is appealing and motivating, and she is gaining crucial knowledge and lifelong skills at the same time.
As a parent, you will want to provide your child with the best opportunities. So, contact your nearest Math Monkey Center today to find out more about how your child can benefit from becoming a part of the Math Monkey experience.