One of The Boy’s deficits in his learning has been multiplication tables. As with most math concepts, he really has no interest, ergo, no motivation to learn these, and it is now hindering him from getting further (i.e. up to grade level) in his math class. “We’re doing algebra!” he reported a few weeks ago, yet he struggles without a printed chart to reference.
I asked him if this was something we could practice this summer, and surprisingly, he said, “That sounds like a good idea.” Maybe he is feeling unprepared for what’s next, and would like to feel more confident – who knows! But since he agreed, I’m going to run with it.
So along with all of our other summer plans, I am going to expect him to practice some multiplication facts every day. How? Using Zondle.
Zondle is an online tool that teachers use to get kids excited to practice skills on the computer. While they practice, the opportunity to play some games pop up as a reward for correct answers, and it seems like it was made for kiddos with attention issues, and who need motivators to complete work. The best part is that you (the “teacher”) can keep track of your “student’s” progress. Did The Boy practice his 8s today? Well let me just open up my online gradebook… Why yes! Yes, he did. And he got them all right! It even builds in an additional reward system. You can award badges, and even”zollars” which they can spend on whatever reward you’d like to offer. Three days in a row with zero mistakes? You earn 300 zollars which means we go for ice cream after dinner. Or whatever!
You do have to sign up as a teacher (but we’re all teachers, aren’t we?), and you do have to set your child up with an account if they don’t already have one at school. Then you have to put your child in your “class”, but once you have that set up, you are golden. You can browse other assignments submitted by teachers so that you don’t have to re-create the wheel, and you can even modify them to fit your needs.
I encourage you to check it out if you’re not familiar with it. I’m finding it a great resource, one that teachers and parents can both use, especially those of us who will not be home with our kiddos this summer!