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Taking the Dread out of Math Lessons for Benjamin, Cassandra, Edmund, Graham, Hadara, and Ivy
Jul 06

Taking the Dread out of Math Lessons for Benjamin, Cassandra, Edmund, Graham, Hadara, and Ivy

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

When mathematics is something you dread, it can be a challenge to help your children but also ensure they don’t learn to dread math themselves. Elephant Learning helped this homeschooling mom deliver math curriculum, bring her children’s learning up to grade level, and bring back everyone’s enthusiasm for math learning. 

1.) Challenges

Homeschooling presents many challenges for parents. However, delivering a math curriculum is a particular challenge for some, compounded when parents or guardians don’t feel they have the skills to help their children. This was Melissa’s problem as she homeschooled her seven children aged three to sixteen. “Math is one area I have always struggled with. So it is difficult to ensure my kids get an excellent math education,” says Melissa. But Melissa also says that she is “learning that when I struggle, I need to ask for help.” 

Melissa felt that she needed help to deliver a math curriculum for her children.  In particular, she wanted something to fill the gaps she had identified in her children’s math learning and ensure they were at grade level or beyond. 

As someone who dreads math herself, Melissa knew how vital attitude and confidence is to math success. So, she also wanted the kind of assistance that would encourage her children’s confidence in math and inspire them to look forward to their math lessons.  

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

Luckily, says Melissa, she found an ad for Elephant Learning on Facebook. The app seemed to be exactly what she was looking for according to the reviews and descriptions of Elephant Learning. She applied for and received a scholarship for five of her children: fifteen-year-old Benjamin, fourteen-year-old Cassandra, eleven-year-old Edmund, eight-year-old Graham, seven-year-old Hadara, and four-year-old Ivy.

Related: Math Lessons Can Be a Huge Challenge for a Homeschooling Mom With Math Anxiety

3.) Benjamin, Cassandra, Edmund, Graham, Hadara, and Ivy’s Experience With Elephant Learning

The results were everything Melissa imagined and more!  In just the first six months of using Elephant Learning, the five children who used the app, all made remarkable progress. They were soon doing math at or near their grade level. Elephant Learning provided the extra help in delivering mathematics that Melissa needed but also delivered on its promise to ensure users would gain at least one year’s worth of math in six months. Several of Melissa’s children, including Benjamin and Ivy, gained well over two years’ worth of math! 

Related: Delilah and Lee Don’t Let Extreme Shyness and a Fear of Failure Slow Down Their Math Learning

4.) Benjamin’s Results: 

  • Age: 15.8 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 9.4 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 11.5 years
  • The difference after six months: 2.1 years!

Cassandra’s Results: 

  • Age: 14 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 9 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 10.8 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.8 years

Edmund’s Results:

  • Age: 11.9 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 9 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 10.5 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.5 years!

Graham’s Results: 

  • Age: 8.9 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 7.7 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 8.8 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.1 years

Hadara’s Results:

  • Age: 7 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 5.6 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 6.7 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.1 years

Ivy’s Results: 

  • Age: 3.9 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 3 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 5.6 years
  • The difference after six months: 2.6 years

“As a homeschooling mom, I just can’t do it all.” – Mom, Melissa

Charlize, Makayla, and Alexis: Siblings with Different Abilities and Interests All Found Success with Elephant Learning
Jun 29

Charlize, Makayla, and Alexis: Siblings with Different Abilities and Interests All Found Success with Elephant Learning

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Even within a single family, children can be very different. And because of this, they all require very different assistance to find success and reach their full potential. Karen, a busy mom of six daughters, found what all of her girls were needing with Elephant Learning. 

1.) Challenges

Most parents will tell you that their children are very different. And it’s true. Even raised in the same household with the same rules and expectations, siblings will have very different personalities, interests, and motivations.

These differences can create a challenge for parents who want to help their children be the best they can be. There is no one size fits all approach they can take.

For Karen, mom to six daughters all under the age of ten, this was especially true. Ten-year-old Makayla is autistic and globally delayed, but her mom describes her as very sweet and funny. Reagan, who is eight, is mathematically inclined but is also very social. A natural leader, she often lacks the motivation necessary for schoolwork. Seven-year-old Alexis is a highly intelligent and gifted reader. Karen is also homeschooling her five-year-old daughter, Charlize, who struggled to adapt to the traditional school environment’s rigorous structure. Also, the girls have two baby sisters, two-year-old Scarlett and one-year-old Sienna.

Karen needed assistance for Makayla to help her overcome the gaps in her mathematics knowledge and also to deliver homeschooled Charlize’s math lessons. At the same time, she hoped to find something to challenge Alexis and Reagan and introduce essential number recognition to Scarlett.

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

Karen discovered Elephant Learning on the internet and was impressed with the many reviews from parents and teachers. “I was very hopeful of your program’s acclaimed success,” she wrote.

Related: 5 Common Math App Pitfalls — and How Elephant Learning Is Different

3.) Karen’s Experience With Elephant Learning

The Elephant Learning app did not disappoint. When Charlize first started with Elephant Learning, she had an Elephant Learning age of just 3.5 years, over two years lower than most of her peers. Within six months, Charlize had gained over two years of work of math and had surpassed many of her peers. Makayla and Alexis had similar results, gaining one year and almost two years, respectively!

Related: Homeschool Parents Love Elephant Learning — A Review

4.) Charlize’s Results:

  • Age: 5.8 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 3.5 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 6 years
  • The difference after six months: 2.5 years

Makayla’s Results:

  • Age: 10.8 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 8.2 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 9.1 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.1 years

Alexis’ Results:

  • Age: 7.6 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 6.3 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 8.1 years 
  • The difference after six months: 1.8 years

“I was very hopeful of your program’s acclaimed success” – Mom, Karen

Annabelle Reaches Her Potential, and Then Some, With Elephant Learning
Jun 22

Annabelle Reaches Her Potential, and Then Some, With Elephant Learning

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

It seemed like extremely bright, six-year-old Annabelle was beginning to be held back in her classroom. Her peers lacked Annabelle’s natural interest in mathematics and her support at home, preventing her from excelling to her full ability. Her parents decided mid-year to homeschool their daughter and began to search for support in an assessment and curriculum delivery. They immediately found Elephant Learning. 


1.) Challenges

Believing that her daughter was being held back by classmates who lacked her daughter’s abilities and family support, Annabelle’s mom had recently decided to homeschool Annabelle and her siblings. 

At six-years-old, Annabelle could count to 100 by 5’s, 2’s, and 10’s, and had also learned some addition. Although Annabelle’s mom, Hannah, acknowledges that most parents probably say similar things, she felt that her daughter was unable to reach her full potential. “I’m not sure exactly where Annabelle is mathematically, but I don’t feel that she is where she could be,” says Mom, Hannah. 

Mid-way through the school year, Annabelle’s parents reluctantly decided to homeschool Annabelle and her two younger siblings. 

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

Once Hannah decided to homeschool, she began to look for support to assess her daughter’s math skills and help her deliver a robust and challenging mathematics curriculum. Elephant Learning provided both. It also engaged her daughter in mastering math concepts and learning new ones. 

Related: Gifted Student Kaden Finds the Differentiation and Challenge He Needed to Excel

3.) Annabelle’s Experience With Elephant Learning

It turned out that Hannah was right. Annabelle was not reaching her full potential in the classroom setting. When Annabelle started with Elephant Learning, she was a full two years behind other children her age. Within just six months of using the app, Annabelle had surpassed her peers and gained over three years in mathematics!

Related: Learn How Connor Mastered Math at Homeschool with Elephant Learning

4.) Annabelle’s Results: 

  • Age: 6.3 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 4.4 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 7.5 years
  • The difference after six months: 3.2 years!

“I’m not sure exactly where Annabelle is mathematically, but I don’t feel that she is where she could be.” – Mom, Hannah

Case Study: Anthony, Liam and Ellliot Find Success in Math While Mom Alleviates her Math Anxiety
Jun 15

Case Study: Anthony, Liam and Elliot Find Success in Math While Mom Alleviates her Math Anxiety

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Summary

For a homeschooling mom with math anxiety and a busy family of six children, Elephant Learning delivers math concepts, engagement, and stunning success. 


1.) Challenges

Math anxiety can affect adults just as much as it affects schoolchildren. Recent reports have suggested that as many as 97% of adult Americans experience math anxiety, with as many as 17% exhibiting high levels of math anxiety. 

Math anxiety can make us feel that we are just not capable of doing math. This sparks a never-ending spiral in which math becomes more difficult, and our confidence in our ability to understand becomes increasingly diminished. 

This is also exactly what was happening with Anthony, Liam, and Elliot’s mother, Stephanie.  “My husband is excellent at math,” she explains, “but he was working around 80 hours a week.” As a busy mom homeschooling her six children, she needed help to deliver daily math lessons. 

Stephanie struggled to engage eight-year-old Liam, who was finding it challenging to enjoy math. “It’s a chore just to get him to listen to an explanation of his math work,” says Stephanie. Eleven-year-old Anthony loved math and was good at it, but Mom wanted to ensure he had the resources he needed to reach his full potential. 

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

Stephanie found the resource she was looking for in Elephant Learning. With its individualized approach, the app offered the extra help Liam needed while ensuring that Anthony received the challenge he required to continue progressing. She also applied for and received an Elephant Learning scholarship to help pay for the app’s costs.

Related: The Three-Step Method to Teaching Math

3.) Anthony, Liam, and Elliot’s Experience With Elephant Learning

In addition to helping all three children with their math lessons, Elephant Learning managed to engage even a reluctant learner like Liam.  It also alleviated the stress of delivering math lessons to six homeschooled children, for busy mom Stephanie. 

And the results speak for themselves. Anthony began Elephant Learning almost three years behind most of his peers, but he had already caught up within six months. Liam was also slightly behind, but within six months, he had surpassed most of his peers. Six-year-old brother Elliot also gained over a year’s worth of math in those same six months! 

Related: It’s About More Than Just Math: Fear, Growth, and Adaptation

4.) Anthony’s Results: 

  • Age: 11 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 8.4 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 11.2 years
  • The difference after six months: 2.8 years!

Liam’s Results: 

  • Age: 8.8 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 6.3 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 9.3 years
  • The difference after six months: 3 years! 

Elliot’s Results: 

  • Age: 6.4 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 5 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 6.1 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.1 years!

“It was a chore just to get him to listen to an explanation of his math work.” – Mom, Stephanie

Elephant Learning Helps Izy Overcome the Challenges of a Leukemia Diagnosis and Down Syndrome
Jun 08

Elephant Learning Helps Izy Overcome the Challenges of a Leukemia Diagnosis and Down Syndrome

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Summary


Living with Down Syndrome meant that Izy was already struggling with mathematics. Her Leukemia diagnosis put her even farther behind as her frequent absences for treatment and recovery made the usual support and help at school unavailable. Izy was growing more frustrated, and her mom was worried that she would give up. Then they discovered Elephant Learning. 

1.) Challenges

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, everything else can suddenly seem unimportant. However, treatment often means days and weeks away from school, and even once children are healthy enough to return, they often struggle to catch up to their peers, especially in subjects like math.  The resulting anxiety that these children experience can be devastating.

These are exactly the struggles that ten-year-old Izy experienced following her leukemia diagnosis. Izy’s diagnosis, however, was further compounded by her Down Syndrome and the fact that she already struggled with math and required extra help. That help was virtually non-existent for the two years she was being treated for leukemia as she attended school so infrequently.

Izy’s mom was growing increasingly concerned that her daughter would continue to fall further behind and possibly never graduate. “Math is getting so much harder for her,” says mom, “but she doesn’t participate in class because it is way over her head, and no one can explain it to her.” Mom, too, struggled to understand the core math Izzy was doing in school and was unable to provide the help her daughter needed at home.

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

In her search for extra math help for her daughter, Izy’s mom discovered the Elephant Learning app. “Izy loves school,” she says, “but she was getting frustrated, and I didn’t want her to give up.” Izy’s mom hoped that Elephant Learning would provide the needed boost to Izy’s math understanding, alleviate her growing math anxiety, and help preserve her daughter’s love for learning.

Related: Children Are Empowered Through Understanding

3.) Izy’s Experience With Elephant Learning

When Izy started with Elephant Learning, she was more than five years behind other students her age in terms of understanding mathematics. But in just six short months, she had caught up by an additional 2.4 years!

Izy wasn’t just gaining ground in understanding math. Elephant Learning was also restoring her love of school. Her anxiety and frustration over math were disappearing, and she was once again back on track for graduation.

Related: Learning Challenges Could Not Stop William and Courtney From Excelling in Math

4.) Izy’s Results:  

  • Age: 10.5 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning: 5.3 years
  • Current Elephant Learning: 7.7 years
  • The difference after six months: 2.4 years!

“She loves school, but she was getting frustrated. I didn’t want her to give up.” – Mom

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