Just over a year ago, in a half term report about Elizabeth’s schooling, I revealed her excitement at being ‘allowed’ to do homework.
I thought it would be a novelty that would wear off, but she is still as enthusiastic today about doing her homework as she was when she first got it. And although she is only seven, she does get homework every day.
But the other day, when she was supposed to be doing her homework, I discovered her playing games on her mother’s laptop computer!
Like any concerned father, I immediately started un-strapping my leather belt. But as I approached her to administer my tried and trusted mediaeval correctional treatment, I noticed this on the PC screen….
Mathletics is a website where kids can login to their own account, create their own avatar and do maths problems. It’s very interactive, for example, when they get a question right, a car drives across the screen. They get points for correct answers and can see their own running total. They get rewarded certificates for reaching certain levels.
It’s not free, we pay around $20 “contribution” to the school per year for access. Elizabeth’s teacher also has access and she can amend the skills levels to suit each student.
We believe its Australia wide, judging by the website it may be even further. Scrolling through the top 50 world listings, I’ve seen entries from Canada, Ireland, Macau, America and South Africa. But nothing from the UK.
It’s been a long while since I went to school, so I really don’t know. So does the UK have anything like it?
You can see the site at mathletics.com.au and have a look around. But you won’t be able to login, not without paying your 20 bucks. But don’t let that stop you visiting, there are plenty of pages you can look at and it does make for interesting reading.
I asked Elizabeth what she thought of it. She said “Yes daddy, it’s much more fun than being beaten with a leather belt.”
That’s my girl!