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A Tough Year and a Big Move to a New State Can’t Hold George and Zoey Back
May 26

A Tough Year and a Big Move to a New State Can’t Hold George and Zoey Back

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

1.) Challenges

Moving to a new school can be problematic at any age, but it can be especially challenging for preteens. When her father became ill, Catherine was forced to move from Florida to Delaware to care for him. Seven-year-old George and twelve-year-old Zoey came with her. The move was difficult, almost from the beginning. Both children experienced bullying, and the continuous drama at Zoey’s new school became unbearable for her. Catherine also discovered that there were significant differences in the math curriculum offered in both states, and her children were behind their peers by Delaware standards. 

Catherine reluctantly decided to homeschool both children. “At least it was something we could do together,” she says. George was initially quick with his math but was also easily bored. Mom tried her best to supplement learning with games involving cards, dice, and coins. 

However, math terrified Zoey. Catherine would have to sit with her continually and explain every detail for solving a problem. She would also try having Zoey draw pictures to help her visualize the problem. Still, she felt that Zoey wasn’t getting it and was in danger of falling even further behind. “Sometimes, she is so insecure and feels as though the work she does is not good enough,” says Catherine, “I worry about her.”

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

Catherine found Elephant Learning and hoped the program could “help the kids get excited about math.” She also hoped that the program’s gamification would prevent George from becoming bored and would both alleviate Zoey’s anxiety about math and provide her with the success that could encourage her to keep trying. 

Related: With Scarce Time And Monetary Resources, Chyanne’s Mom Helped Her Daughter Achieve Math Excellence

3.) George and Zoey’s Experience With Elephant Learning

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

Catherine’s gamble worked. The games in Elephant Learning immediately engaged both Zoey and George in math homework. Better yet, both children immediately found success with the program. George is now performing at a math age that is beyond most of his peers, and Zoey is quickly catching up. In just six months, George gained 2.5 Elephant Years in math, while Zoey gained 1.8 years! 

4.) George’s Results: 

  • Age: 7.6 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 5.3 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 7.8 years
  • The difference after six months: 2.5 years! 

Zoey’s Results: 

  • Age: 12.4 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 6.3 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 8.1 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.8 years!

“We decided to do homeschooling. but it hasn’t been easy. I hope your program can get my children excited about math.” – Mom, Catherine

Learning Challenges Could Not Stop William and Courtney From Excelling in Math
May 18

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

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Summary


A multitude of learning difficulties and a preference for hands-on learning can make learning a challenge. Combine that with extra challenges or a need for additional help, and you can understand William and Courtney’s dilemma. Their mom, Maria, found the perfect solution with Elephant Learning. 

1.) Challenges

Maria and her husband moved to improve the family’s living conditions and provide more opportunities for their two children. Although they knew this was the right thing to do for their family, it also meant that money was much tighter than it had been. Maria was devastated to think that this might mean her daughter would have to give up the extra help she had been receiving in math through Elephant Learning.

Sixteen-year-old Courtney struggled with autism, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and ADHD. “Courtney is a happy girl who is a joy to be around,” says Maria, “but she has issues with math and has always struggled.” At twelve years old, Will also had ADHD, OCD, and a sensory processing disorder, but unlike Courtney, he excelled at math and enjoyed it. Still, Will needed to be challenged.  Both children, says their mom, are visual and kinesthetic learners, so extra worksheets or other traditional approaches were not going to help.

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

Maria found Elephant Learning while searching for an app that could help her daughter catch up to her peers in math. She also hoped the app could supplement her son’s school math program. While the family was struggling financially, they applied to Math Matters. The scholarship they received allowed both children to continue with the program.

Related: ADHD Didn’t Hold Riley and Merryn Back From Achieving Math Success

3.) Will and Courtney’s Experience With Elephant Learning

With Elephant Learning, Courtney received the extra help she needed to understand mathematics, and Will found the challenge he required. For a girl who loves both technology and animals, Elephant Learning was the perfect fit for Courtney. The animal avatars and the gamification engaged her. She was hooked. In just six months, Courtney gained over two years’ worth of math and is well on her way to catching up to her peers. Will gained almost four years’ in the same period. With the help of the Math Matters scholarship, the siblings are continuing to improve.

Related: With Scarce Time And Monetary Resources, Chyanne’s Mom Helped Her Daughter Achieve Math Excellence

4.) William’s Results: 

  • Age: 12.7 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 7.6 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 11.3 years
  • The difference after six months: 3.7 years!

Courtney’s Results: 

  • Age: 16.5 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 7.7 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 10.2 years
  • The difference after six months: 2.5 years!

“My children are more visual and kinesthetic learners.” – Mom, Maria

Case Study: Kaden
May 11

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

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Summary


Gifted children can present unique challenges. Without the right approach, they can become bored and are in as much danger of falling behind as their peers who struggle. This was the challenge faced by Kaden and his mom, Heather. 

1.) Challenges

Differentiated instruction and assessment is a way that teachers can successfully reach all students in their classrooms and ensure they are successful. It is a critical approach for all students but an essential one for gifted students who are particularly at risk of becoming bored and tuning out. 

Eight-year-old Kaden had been admitted to the Galactic (Leap) program due to his high IQ.  However, in his current classroom, he was falling further and further behind, especially in mathematics. “I rarely saw evidence of differentiation,” says his mom, Heather, “and Kaden was frequently bored.” 

Although Kaden had accelerated an additional grade level each year since kindergarten, in grade three, the school abruptly took him out of his grade three math and put him back into second-grade math. 

Kaden scored 77% on his math evaluation. However, the school was looking for 95% to ensure he had the skills necessary to excel in grade three math. According to his teachers, he was missing four essential skills required to advance. His mom felt there was more to the issue than just a lack of specific skills. “Kaden is a quick learner,” says Heather, “but he wasn’t being challenged.” 

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

Heather was determined to help her son master the four essential mathematical skills he needed to advance to grade three mathematics. She needed a program that could do this but also address his unique challenges. “The challenge is to understand my son and his abilities and gifts, but also to pinpoint the weak areas that were not adequately covered when he jumped an additional grade level,” says Heather. 

She found Elephant Learning and decided to give the program a try. 

Related: Later Elementary Math Concepts and Strategies: What Parents Need to Know for Grades 3-6

3.) Kaden’s Experience With Elephant Learning

Elephant Learning was what Heather was looking for and exactly what Kaden needed. Gamification provided the differentiation and engagement Kaden required, and the algorithms driving the program ensured that he mastered the four skills he was missing and continued to build on those foundations. 

Even more importantly, Elephant Learning provided the challenge that allows gifted students like Kaden to thrive. In just six short months of playing Elephant Learning, Kaden went from an Elephant Learning Age of only 4.6 years to 11.2 years. That’s a difference of more than six years! 

Related: Valuable Skills Your Child Learns in Math That They Can’t Learn Anywhere Else

4.) Kaden’s Results: 

  • Age: 8.7 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 4.6 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 11.2 years
  • The difference after six months: 6.6 years!

“Kaden is a quick learner, he just wasn’t being challenged.” – Heather Jones, Mom

Senna And Talaia Are Two Unique Learners Who Found The Right Teacher In Elephant Learning
May 04

Senna And Talaia Are Two Unique Learners Who Found The Right Teacher In Elephant Learning

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Summary


Senna and Talaia struggled with both reading and mathematics. Both girls felt “dumb” while they were in school, and these feelings persisted in homeschool.  Worried that her daughters were falling even further behind, their mom decided to send them back to school. However, she was equally determined to ensure they caught up to their peers before they returned. Here is how Elephant Learning helped. 

1.) Challenges

Not everyone learns the same way. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for our schools to teach children in the unique ways that they need to be taught.

This was the case with both nine-year-old Senna and eleven-year-old Talaia. “My daughters are unique learners,” says mom, Tani, “and both struggle with math and reading.”

At school, the girls felt like “dummies,” explains Tani. She decided to homeschool, but their lack of confidence and disinterest in learning continued. Tani knew that it was critical to rekindling both of her daughters’ interests in learning. “I tried to find unique educational experiences to help them grasp math and language arts and to instill a love of reading,” explains mom, “but even after our second year of homeschooling, I knew they were falling farther behind.

Their mom knew her girls were bright. However, discouraged by their lack of progress, she decided this would be their final year of homeschooling. The girls loved the family time they spent together in their homeschool, but Tani felt she couldn’t risk their falling even further behind.

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

Tani also did not want to send Senna and Talaia back to a school environment, which would further diminish their confidence. “I was hoping they could at least catch up to the grade level they would be placed in at school so Senna and Talaia wouldn’t feel “dumb” like they had when they were in school before,” she says. 

 “They are smart kids,” Tani says, “I just don’t know how to teach them, but then neither did their school.” She needed a program and an approach that could get through to the girls.

Her search for the affordable, unique learning resources she knew her daughters needed led Tani to Elephant Learning.

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

3.) Senna and Talaia’s Experience With Elephant Learning

Elephant Learning helped Senna and Talaia understand mathematical concepts and begin to learn and excel in a way that neither Tani nor their teachers had been able to. Suddenly they were finding success with mathematics, an achievement that could eventually lead to confidence in all aspects of their academics and life.

Within just six months of starting the program, Senna had gained 1.2 years of math, while Talaia had gained 1.4 years. Both girls were now almost on par with their peers in their understanding of mathematics.

Related: Celina’s STEM Success With Elephant Learning

4.) Senna’s Results 

  • Age: 9.2 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 7.7 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 8.9 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.2 years!

Talaia’s Results:  

  • Age: 11.4 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 9.3 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 10.7 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.4 years!

“They are smart kids. I just don’t know how to teach them, but then neither did their school.” – Mom, Tani

With Scarce Time And Monetary Resources, Chyanne’s Mom Helped Her Daughter Achieve Math Excellence
Apr 27

With Scarce Time And Monetary Resources, Chyanne’s Mom Helped Her Daughter Achieve Math Excellence

By Elephant Learning | Case Study

Summary

Chyanne was struggling with both math and reading. Determined to help, Chyanne’s mom homeschooled her daughter, but she also worked full-time. With her family struggling with serious medical issues, financial commitments, and like many families, an overburdened schedule, both Chyanne and her mom needed help. Then they found Elephant Learning.  


1.) Challenges

Homeschooled since she was four, nine-year-old Chyanne continued to struggle with both reading and math. Her older brother Jacky, now twenty, was autistic and had multiple learning disabilities. Chyanne’s mom was determined to do everything she could to help both of her children reach their potential. 

The children’s dad had recently undergone multiple surgeries, including a triple bypass, that left him unable to work.  In addition to caring for her husband and driving him to numerous doctor’s appointments, mom Kathy, was working full-time homeschooling their daughter, and trying to ensure Chyanne received the math support she needed.  

The entire family needed help. 

2.) Finding Elephant Learning

Kathy found Elephant Learning online and applied for a scholarship under the Math Matters program. She hoped Elephant Learning would help her daughter understand the multiplication concepts she was currently struggling with and provide her with a solid foundation for more advanced topics. 

Related: Later Elementary Math Concepts and Strategies: What Parents Need to Know for Grades 3-6

3.) Chyanne’s Experience With Elephant Learning

While Kathy recognized that her otherwise bright daughter struggled with both reading and mathematics, she did not initially make the connection between the two subjects. However, there is a significant connection. Early mastery of mathematics is often an indication of performance in other areas, particularly reading. 

In fact, numerous studies point out that success in reading and mathematics is based on similar process skills that incorporate the integration of both context and prior knowledge to produce meaning. The same strategies that are used to decode the language of mathematics are used in reading and vice versa. 

Within six months of playing on Elephant Learning, Chyanne was hooked. More importantly, she was understanding the language of mathematics and rapidly building her skills. In this short time, Chyanne went from being behind most of her peers in terms of mathematical understanding to surpassing many of them.

Related: Why Your Child Is Behind in Math (Yes, Even Your Child)

4.) Chyanne’s Results:  

  • Age: 9.4 years
  • Starting Elephant Learning Age: 8.7 years
  • Current Elephant Learning Age: 9.9 years
  • The difference after six months: 1.2 years!

“Chyanne is nine and we have homeschooled since she was four, but she struggles with reading and math.”  – Mom, Kathy

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