Elementary teachers from Hackettstown School District will introduce Bedtime Math to families during parent-teacher conferences this month, reaching over 1,000 students. It is part of a new partnership to expand the reach of Bedtime Math’s innovative family engagement app.
Bedtime Math was recognized at the White House Early STEM Symposium in April for committing to expand this model to at least five school districts, tapping into the power of parent-teacher conferences to coax math-shy parents to enjoy number play with their kids.
“I would like to thank Bedtime Math for providing our students, parents and staff with this valuable resource,” said David Mango, Superintendent of Schools for Great Meadows Regional and Hackettstown School Districts. “Partnering with parents and engaging all stakeholders of our school communities is our mission. We look forward to watching our students apply Bedtime Math concepts taught at home and apply them into our everyday school environment.”
Bedtime Math delivers quick, engaging math story problems every day for children and parents to solve together. A recent University of Chicago study found that within just one school year, children who did Bedtime Math improved their math achievement on average by three months more than children who didn’t use it. Most notably, children of the most math-anxious parents who chose to do Bedtime Math had gains of half a school year, narrowing the “math anxiety gap.”
“In a given year, kids spend three to four times as many hours outside school as in it, so their parents have a huge effect on their learning,” said Laura Overdeck, founder of Bedtime Math. “Parents are a child’s most important educators, and by using Bedtime Math, even the most math-anxious parents can add a little ‘math talk’ to their daily routine.”
For more information about Bedtime Math’s White House Early STEM math commitment, contact Sandy LoPiccolo at 908-444-4532 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.bedtimemath.org.