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!
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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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