Mathnasium was founded on the belief that learning math and solving math problems are rewarding and enjoyable activities. In other words: Math is fun! So how do we back that up? By teaching math using a variety of instructional methods to keep the process fresh and engaging. Integrating fun into learning is an important part of what we do. Here are some of the ways we achieve that:
1. Games & Manipulatives
Games like Connect 4, Battleship, Mastermind, and Chess are useful instructional tools that help children become better critical thinkers and problem solvers. Manipulatives like coins, cards, dice, and dominoes help students understand math concepts through tactile learning—learning that involves touch. Each manipulative supports particular concepts in a fun way.
What kid doesn’t like treats, toys, games, and cool stuff? Our in-centre rewards system provides kids encouragement and motivation to keep working on their curriculum and master the principles. Each session provides them with opportunities to receive rewards—big and small—for their efforts. A spin on the prize wheel adds yet another level of excitement!
3. Math Activities
No matter the time of year, Mathnasium has an activity to match. Pi Day is a big deal at our learning centres, as it provides a fun and meaningful opportunity to celebrate math. Our centres celebrate the seasons and holidays with themed activities such as Summer Bingo and Holiday baking. And kids have a great time exploring all kinds of math adventures at Camp Mathnasium.
4. Learning Environment
One of the best ways to reinforce math’s fun side in our centres is to surround students with a playful and engaging atmosphere. We do that with whimsical wall-art characters, learning materials, brain teasers and quick mental math pieces in bright, lively colours. Our brand mascots — Ace and Addie — are motivational and supportive, just like our instructors!
5. Math Nights, Family Game Days, and Other Special Days
Our Math Nights and Family Game Days show schools, students, and families the joy of math through interaction with others using our own proprietary games and materials. These are fun events that inspire kids to experience math with other students and their families. Some centres also have special days like Crazy Socks Day, Superhero Day, Double Rewards Day, Movie Nights, and math-related drawing & art contests, all in the name of fun!
6. Our Name: Mathnasium
We believe that, just as children need physical exercise to develop strong muscles, it’s equally important that they “exercise” their minds to develop strong “math muscles.” We have the results to show that this active approach works. Over the last twenty years, more than a million parents have trusted Mathnasium to build their children’s confidence and transform their math skills.
You can have fun with math at home, too! Whether you’re baking in the kitchen, watching a football game, or picking fruit off a tree, take some time with your kids to discuss the math involved in these activities. The truth is, we use math all the time in our everyday lives, which is why it’s so important for children to discover the fun in math from an early age.