Multiplication

Multiple Choice

We’ve made some changes in our multiplication apps. We’re now providing more choice for parents helping their kids learn, through a combination of in-app or full product purchases.

More choice, more easy and effective learning, and more free time for your family.

Three is always free

Multiply Lite is the introduction to our process. If you’re curious or skeptical, Multiply Lite has the three times table for free, so you can find out just how easy and effective our apps are.

Multiply Lite also provides access to other, paid times tables from 2 to 13. You can buy them individually if there’s only one or two times tables that your child needs help with. Or you can access either Multiply 2 to 10 or Multiply Pro, full versions with multiple times tables.

Multiply 2 to 10

This app is targeted to beginning multipliers. It may also work best for students who would find it easier to have times table delivered in an ordered and progressive way. It presents all the times table from 2 to 10, and teaches each one individually.

Multiply Pro

Sometimes, even experienced multipliers need a little help mastering the times tables. Multiply Pro is a different approach to the 3 to 9 times tables for students who already have exposure to the times tables, but haven’t achieved immediate recall of all the facts yet.

We’ve compressed the times tables into two sessions, so less time is required to learn them all.

Whichever product is right for your child, you can expect easy and effective multiplication learning, and more free time for your family. Forget the homework battles around multiplication, flash cards or multiplication “games.” Your child can memorize the times tables as they drift off to sleep.

Homework and math around the globe

Here’s a small collection of stories and reports from the world of homework and math, and about parenting kids who live in that world.

A survey and subsequent follow-up done by a Parent-Teacher Association for a high school in California has led to the creation of a district homework taskforce to establish guidelines around homework. The focus is “quality, not quantity.”

Paper Management Dysfunction? I know what it looks like when your child’s backpack looks like the entire contents of a filing cabinet were dumped inside. It’s a recipe for stress for parent and student, and a potential drag on school and homework performance. Some great tips on how to work towards restoring order

The Great Canadian Math Debate continues. The Edmonton Journal is into part 6 in a series on how math is taught in Alberta grade schools. Lots of opinion from different perspectives on what is most beneficial for learning – a discovery method-based approach, or more traditional rote learning methods.

Our take – Nightlight Learning offers a great solution for balance. Learn the concepts and discover new approaches in class, but master multiplication memorization as you go to sleep.

 Intro to the series

Part 6 

 

Multiplication for free – from us!

What better time of year to give away a few gifts - with a little something extra for teachers and educators.

Multiplication for free

In keeping with the season, Nightlight Learning wants to give away 10 downloads of our easy and effective multiplication learning app, Multiply 2 to 10, for free. All the times tables from 2 to 10 at no cost to you. The first 10 people to email contact@nightlightlearning.com with the subject line Nightlight Learning Christmas Giveaway, will win. You’ll need to tell us which of the options below suits you best:

  • For iPad, iPod, or iPhone users, we can send you a promo code to use in the App Store for your free app download.
  • For Android users, a free membership for access to the 2 to 10 times tables as streaming audio from our website. Unfortunately, Google Play does not support promo codes or gifts for apps at this time. Of course, our apps are still available there, including the always free Multiply Lite.
  • Streaming audio through the membership section of our website is fully functional for all mobile devices, so let us know if you use a Blackberry or Windows device too.

Use it for yourself – or send it to a friend or family member. What better gift is there than the gift of learning?

More for teachers...

And for our favourite people, those brave souls who are committed to educating our children, we’ve got something extra to give away.

Only for teachers and educators, we have an additional 40 free downloads of Multiply 2 to 10 to share.

Maybe there’s a student in your class who needs a little extra support in multiplication? Or maybe you know a young learner just beginning their education journey, and you’d like to give them a leg up in memorizing the times tables? Tell us your story (contact@nightlightlearning.com), and why you want the free download, and we’ll send you access to the option that works best for you or the final recipient.

Give someone the gift of education this holiday – on us!

A blessed Christmas to all from Nightlight Learning.

 

Don’t be a math statistic

Canada’s standing in the international math education rankings is falling.

A recent report showed that the nation ranks 13th in mathematics in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), conducted among 65 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Which might not sound too bad, except Canada has been slipping steadily, down six spots since 2006. This slippage was consistent across all the provinces, and was also reflected in a drop in the number of high achievers in the testing.

What’s caused this drop?

The debate continues, but some point to a 1990s swing in educational philosophy towards “discovery learning” – an approach leaving students free to solve problems based on their own unique learning style. It’s a very equitable method, and accommodates learners from all social and economic backgrounds, but is often at the expense of more traditional approaches that emphasize practice and mastering foundational skills.

Like multiplication.

A telling quote in the story:

“But Anna Stokke, an associate professor in the department of math and statistics at the University of Winnipeg, argues changes are needed. Prof. Stokke is part of a group that launched a reform movement to restore some of the basics into math education. “The education culture needs to change. Educators need to recognize the importance of practice, hard work and mastering basic skills early on,” she said.”

As reported in another Globe and Mail story: “Even before these latest PISA results were known, ministers (of education across the country) had identified improving mathematics skills as a major focus for our education systems.”

Don’t be a  math statistic. Help your child master foundational skills in multiplication.

 

Parent tries 8th grade homework load

We’ve all heard it. “I’ve got too much homework!”

A Manhattan father, Karl Taro Greenfeld, decided he had seen his 8th grade daughter work late into the night too many times. He had heard enough complaints. He set out to walk a week in her shoes. For five days last year, he worked side-by-side with his daughter, doing all the same homework she had been assigned at school.

One benefit of homework is how it presents an opportunity for parents to become more directly involved in a child’s schooling. For Greenfeld – it meant as much as three and a half hours a night of direct involvement, and a new empathy for some of the challenges his daughter faced.

I don’t recall having much homework at all in the elementary grades. Except for some major projects and studying for tests, much of my after school time was my own. Street hockey, running around with neighbourhood kids. Reading. Kids in grade school today seem to be facing a much different situation.

A well-written (he’s a writer) diary of Greenfeld’s experience was published recently in The Atlantic, a U.S. national magazine devoted current events, literature, technology, culture, and foreign affairs.  You can read it here (NOTE: some drug use references). He recounts anecdotes of his involvement in the homework issue at his child’s school. It’s liberally interspersed with commentary on the state of education and homework.

“My daughter has the misfortune of living through a period of peak homework,” Greenfeld says. He quotes several educators and researchers who have identified broad cycles in attitudes towards homework in school systems, and the resulting volumes of it handed out.

That explains some of my experience – I must have been in grade school during a lull in the great homework cycle.

A telling take-away for Greenfeld from the experience was his daughter’s advice: memorization, not rationalization. In other words, don’t try to understand the work, just commit it to memory.

Are you facing challenges around homework volume for your children? Have an opinion about the “homework wars?” Please comment below.

One thing for sure, if multiplication learning is part of your child’s homework routine – we’ve got you covered.