I’ll admit to not doing much extra work with my children at home, mostly because we don’t have much spare time and also because I think they work hard in school so need a break, but at the same time I do feel that I should support their learning outside school, which I try and manage in short bursts and make it as fun as possible so it has the least impact on our precious free time. Luckily for me The Maths Factor is ideal for short periods and I know a little each day has been hugely beneficial to all my children already.
For my girls its been great for reinforcing the topics they’ve covered in school and for Zak who is a very able mathematician its allowed us to push him along a bit so he can learn more advanced topics at his own pace. If you have more than one child, they each have their own login, allowing The Maths Factor to remember where each child is up to with their learning.
Each session starts with a video tutorial by Carol, followed by a fun warm-up and then a practice. You can skip through the video and warm ups if you’re confident with the topic. There are over 1,000 of these sessions, arranged into 32 topics, which makes the subscription price of £9.99 seem like a bargain.
Carol has lots of handy hints and tips for helping your child with new topics including games you can play and the supporting printables are just brilliant. Perfect for people like me who are very time short.
There are also some great games covering everything from counting 1-10 to rounding, decimals and multiplication. I’ve been really impressed at how well The Maths Factor has worked for all my children who have very different ability levels.
What if it’s too easy?
You can jump your child ahead of where they are recommended to be based on age, to so this you simply choose the topic you want to try and enter your password to skip them ahead.
How do I know what my child is doing?
From the parent controls you can see the topic your child completed last, their score and what they will be doing next. This is especially great for older children who you might not watch as closely when they play as younger children.
What if I don’t want my child online too much?
I’m a big believer that children sometimes need to learn without a screen, which is why we’ve loved the print and play resources from The Maths Factor. We’ve especially found the fraction sheets helpful with my 6 year old, as she likes to be quite hands on.
The 100 square for multiplication is also a great visual way to learn.
The Maths Factor is now iPad ready and the Summer Clubs are FREE for subscribers. If you subscribe before the 3rd July there’s an extra special rate of just £9.99 available for three months, which is a complete bargain.
Summer clubs are organised by year group so you know where to start your child, we’ll definitely be trying these out over Summer as I’d like my children to go back to school having retained as much knowledge from the previous year as possible. The games are such a fun way to learn too that hopefully it shouldn’t feel like a chore.
We were given a free subscription to The Maths Factor.