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Math fact games to teach kids, especially girls, to believe in their own math ability. Support math learning and keep her future open.

Math fact games to teach kids, especially girls, to believe in their own math ability. Support math learning and keep her future open. Read More
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Hi! I'm Leslie, the college math teacher mom who invented MathKit.

We're counting down to the deadline on our Kickstarter. We had some amazing features, and our backers are eager to get their kits. Help us bring MathKit to life!

Learning math opens doors to being a vet, an architect, an animator - many of the careers my seven-year-old daughter dreams of. But, research shows that many girls start to shy away from hard problems and lose math confidence as early as third grade. MathKit applies research on math and mindset to help kids, especially girls, persist through mistakes and struggle.

MathKit isn't just for families that love math. MathKit helps all families teach kids how to be successful at math. Even a little math playtime has a real impact. Our kids dream big - let's give them big math confidence to keep the future open!

Check out MathKit's features in GeekDad, Handmade Charlotte, GeekMom, She is Fierce, Cathy Duffy Reviews, and Being Geek Chic.

MathKit is a set of 10 hands-on games and math learning tools, designed to boost confidence and help your K-3 child master addition and subtraction facts from 0-20. Give MathKit as a holiday gift this year, with limited handmade rewards in time for the holidays!

MathKit inspires confidence by helping parents create a safe space for their children to learn. MathKit games are designed to be playful and relaxing, and don't race on mathematical thinking. MathKit reduces anxiety by teaching that mistakes are a natural part of learning. Games don't punish mistakes. MathKit's learning tools help children work through mistakes with understanding. The games easily adjust to your child's level, to keep her learning in her own "sweet spot" where the math is not too easy, but not too hard.

MathKit is for all children K-3. But girls are disproportionately losing math confidence. I carefully crafted games and tips based on research on girls and math, while keeping the kit welcoming and inclusive for boys.

MathKit includes ten games to choose from: indoor and outdoor, active and quiet. Watch your child discover her favorites! Take a peek at a few of the games...

            
   
                         
          

Leslie here. I'd love to tell you about how MathKit went from an idea in June 2014 to where it is today. I invented MathKit after my daughter started elementary school. I taught and tutored math from 3rd grade through college for over 15 years. Math success requires number sense and comfort with making mistakes and exploring mathematical ideas. I looked for math games to play with my daughter, but I didn't like what I found. So, I began to create and adapt games to help her master addition and subtraction. I found math manipulatives to help her understand connections and patterns. Parents and teachers from my daughter's school loved the idea, and I decided to put it all together as MathKit.

Starting August of 2014, twenty local families volunteered to test games and prototypes as I developed. Then, local teachers explored the kit and gave advice and feedback. We all worked together to make sure MathKit is easy and fun for every family, not just math teacher moms like me. That's when I lucked out and found Rebekka.

Rebekka is my neighbor and a professional designer. Though we didn't know each other well, she liked the idea of MathKit, and offered to bring her design skills to the project. Rebekka brought MathKit to a whole new level, making sure every detail looked and felt warm and inviting - a whole new look for math. Kids and parents alike loved the design. And I love working with Rebekka, who has become a close friend and shares my passion for MathKit.

We handmade and sold many kits, and got incredible feedback from the families who bought the kits.

We are ready to bring MathKit to the next level. MathKit is made with high quality materials, and we currently handmake every kit. In order to scale up, we need funds to purchase larger sets of supplies at lower cost, and the numbers to move assembly and shipping to a fulfillment center. Please help us reach our funding goal by donating (and getting one of our awesome rewards) and by helping to spread the word!

Risks and challenges

We have already worked out most kinks by hand producing the first 200 kits. Only a few of the items will require adjustments as we scale up, and we have lined up manufacturers for those. We've also lined up and worked out the details with a fulfillment center who can completely assemble and distribute our kits. We anticipate shipping earlier than March, but prefer to under-promise and over-deliver.

Having never worked with a fulfillment center before, we expect to have a bit of a learning curve. But, that didn't stop us from building a website, running product testing, learning QuickBooks, planning a photo shoot, or any of the other skills we've gained during this adventure!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5 USD

    Our kind thanks, and your name listed on our backer page.

    Every dollar helps bring these inspiring, confidence building games into existence. Thank you for your support!

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    MATH MINDSET DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    "Give Your Child a Strong, Confident Start in Math"

    It's never too early to create a warm math learning tone at home. This digital download includes guidance on helping your child learn, while reducing math stress.

    Note: this is a computer file only.

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    4 LETTERS FROM ADDIE + MATH MINDSET DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    Our adorable MathKit elephant will send the child of your choice four monthly personalized letters in the mail introducing her to real women in math careers. Show a child how math knowledge can keep the future open. Download a printable IOU in time for the holidays!

    ***You can include "4 Letters from Addie" in any reward by adding $20 to your backing level.***

    You will also receive a free digital download of "Give Your Child a Strong, Confident Start in Math" (details above).

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    MATHKIT ESSENTIALS IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

    MathKit Essentials gives you a taste of MathKit learning, including:

    * My two favorite MathKit games
    * One learning tool: 20 linking cubes to aid learning and visualization of addition and subtraction.
    * Game Guide

    Get a handmade MathKit Essentials in time for a holiday gift. US delivery by Dec 20. Delivery by Dec 15 may be available by special request.

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    MATHKIT: SMALLER NUMBERS

    Helps your child master addition and subtraction from 0-10, including:
    * Five MathKit games.
    * Learning tools to aid visualization of addition and subtraction: 10 linking cubes, a number line, dry-erase ten frame, dry erase board, and helpful guide.
    * Game Guide

    Includes an IOU in time for the holidays.

    Add $ for international shipping. International customers will be responsible for any customs fees/import taxes.

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    MATHKIT: LARGER NUMBERS

    Helps your child master addition and subtraction from 0-20, focusing on larger facts like 8+5 or 17-9.

    lncludes:
    * Five MathKit games.
    * Learning tools to aid visualization of addition and subtraction: rekenrek, number line, dry-erase hundred chart, dry erase board, and helpful guide.
    * Game Guide

    Includes an IOU in time for the holidays.

    Add $ for international shipping. International customers will be responsible for any customs fees/import taxes.

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    THE COMPLETE MATHKIT --- IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

    This full MathKit helps your child master addition and subtraction from 0-20, from beginning concepts to mastery of larger facts.

    Includes:

    * Ten different hands-on math games to keep your child interested and learning.
    * Full set of MathKit learning tools, including a guide to help you use the tools to aid learning as you play the games together.
    * Game Guide, including directions for all games and tips for building a great math learning environment in your home.

    Get this handmade MathKit in time for a holiday gift. US delivery by Dec 22. Delivery by Dec 15 may be available by special request.

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    Pledge $85 or more About $85 USD

    THE COMPLETE MATHKIT

    This full MathKit helps your child master addition and subtraction from 0-20, from beginning concepts to mastery of larger facts.

    Includes:

    * Ten different hands-on math games to keep your child interested and learning.
    * Full set of MathKit learning tools, including a guide to help you use the tools to aid learning as you play the games together.
    * Game Guide, including directions for all games and tips for building a great math learning environment in your home.

    Includes an IOU in time for the holidays.

    Add $ for international shipping. International customers will be responsible for any customs fees/import taxes.

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    THE MATHKIT EXPERIENCE

    December delivery: COMPLETE MATHKIT IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS + IOU for the following...

    January delivery: HANDMADE "ADDIE THE ELEPHANT PLUSH + 4 LETTERS FROM ADDIE + SPECIAL ADDIE WELCOME LETTER CUSTOMIZED TO YOUR CHILD.

    The MathKit will have US delivery by Dec 22. Delivery by Dec 15 available by special request. Arriving in January will be "Addie," her welcome letter, and her first of 4 monthly letters.

    Add $ for international shipping. International customers will be responsible for any customs fees/import taxes.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300 USD

    A full MathKit for your family, and two donated to a Boy's and Girl's Club, (or the organization of your choice). Includes one one-hour Skype call with me to dig deeper into solutions to the math concerns specific to your family.

    Includes an IOU for you in time for the holidays.

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    Share MathKit with any school, media center, tutoring, or after-school program!

    Donate 5 full kits! MathKit is perfect for small groups, so 5 kits can work with multiple adults engaging with up to 15-20 children.

    I will also provide a one hour Skype training session to help leaders get started. This virtual workshop will open discussions on math learning, girls, and mindset, as well as digging deeper into MathKit's strategies.

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    Share MathKit with any school, media center, tutoring, or after-school program!

    Donate 10 full kits and bonus learning tools! MathKit is perfect for small groups, so 10 kits can work with multiple adults engaging with up to 30-40 children.

    I will also provide up to 2 one hour Skype training sessions to help leaders get started. These virtual workshops will open discussions on math learning, girls, and mindset, as well as digging deeper into MathKit's strategies.

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000 USD

    Share MathKit with any school, media center, tutoring, or after-school program!

    Donate 20 full kits and 10 extra sets of math learning tools. MathKit is perfect for small groups. Twenty kits can work with multiple adults engaging with up to 60-80 children. Having extra learning tools makes it easy to add manipulatives to classroom or homework time.

    I will also provide up to 4 one hour Skype training sessions to help leaders get started. These virtual workshops will open discussions on math learning, girls, and mindset, as well as digging deeper into MathKit's strategies.

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