What if I told you there was a fun program that got your kids practicing math that they would actually ASK to play? Oh yes, it’s true. My kids tried out a new site that is going to be a hit with your kids.
UMIGO, who sponsored this post for me to try out their program with my own kiddos, is a fun, vibrant and interactive adventure that uses the building blocks of math to get early elementary kids active in math. And the best part — it’s FREE!
Fun Early Elementary Math Program
UMIGO (Pronounced You – Me – Go), is a story-driven program that uses “appisodes” to get kids practicing and strengthening their math skills. The appisodes are set up where kids learn a new concept, such as measuring, learn how it works and then practice the concept themselves.
When they’re done, kids are rewarded by unlocking a game as well as access to music videos. See how sneaky it is… kids think they’re having fun while we know they’re working on their math skills. They get rewarded for doing math!
We first tried the appisode about measuring… both my 8 year old and 6 year old sat down with me to check it out. While they already knew the concept of measuring, the narrative kept the boys engaged and interested. When it came time to play the games, they both really wanted a chance to play and try it out.
I loved that they sat with me for 30 uninterrupted minutes while doing the appisode. While there are plenty of appisodes, I would definitely not do them all at once. A half an hour seemed just the right amount of time for my kids’ attention spans. But they were certainly interested and engaged the whole time.
You can see the music video we unlocked here — reinforcing and strengthening their understanding of measuring.
UMIGO Designed With Intent
While there are a lot of math programs out there, UMIGO is aligned with common core standards, so kids are learning the broader math concepts they’ll need in school… something you have to love!
Personally, I’ve seen a lot of math programs that claim to work. But the people who have worked on this project are impressive and know their stuff. Shalom Fisch, who’s the Chief Content Officer, has been in educational media for kids for more than 25 years… including his position as VP of Program Research at Sesame Workshop.
They also have an advisory board focused on how kids learn math to make sure things are done appropriately to reach kids in a way that kids will understand, relate and engage with. And to top it off, UMIGO is funded in part by a US Department of Education Ready to Learn grant awarded to WTTW Chicago Public Media.
The best part about UMIGO is it’s completely FREE. The creators of UMIGO strongly believe that kids of all economic backgrounds should have access to great learning tools, so they are offering UMIGO completely free to everybody.
In addition, to combat the “summer slide,” UMIGO is partnering with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to bring its narrative-based appisodes, interactive games, activities, and educational resources to more than 70 communities around the country. You can learn more by visiting UMIGO.