Math Monkey’s key selling points are:-
- Using Vedic Math
- Teaching Maths in a fun, game-based manner
Although the word Vedic can be associated with the Vedas, a set of sacred ancient Hindu texts, Vedic Math is 100% religious free. And no, students don’t sit around cross-legged meditating for enlightenment on Maths. Rather, Vedic Math is a system of Maths based around 16 sutras, or principles.
Simply put, Vedic Math is an approach that allows children to perform calculations mentally with great accuracy, simplicity and speed. Not convinced? Click the link below to have a go, you’ll find it’s a lot more interesting than how we used to learn Maths.
Maths is fun, Maths is good!
According to Math Monkey:
“Cutting-edge instructional design based on the most progressive brain research ensures that Math Monkey’s curriculum gives kids the “mind-tools” they need to succeed. Our game-based program combines the beauty and wisdom of Vedic math with an environment that encourages children to question, organize, interpret, develop insight, analyze, synthesize and self-evaluate. This approach to educating empowers learners with skills that are transferable to the process of real life problem solving.”
I don’t know much about cutting-edge instructional design or progressive brain research, but if the kids have fun, and they’re learning Maths that I myself find interesting then hey, it can’t be too bad, right?
What are classes like?
Classes are 80 minutes long, once a week, with students aged from 5 to 12. Essentially, a class is comprised of at most 12 students, with 2 teachers present. I didn’t see any price listings, so I’d assume each centre has its own price structure. Nonetheless, they offer free assessments and trials, or you can just observe a class at work.
Math Monkey is one of many Early Years Education (EYE) methods available. See how it compares with other methods, such as homeschooling and Montessori. And don’t forget to click the Share button below if you liked the article!