What is Bedtime Math?
Parents know to read to their kids at night, but what about math? Bedtime Math was created with a simple premise: to make math a fun part of kids’ everyday lives, as beloved as the bedtime story.
We send parents a fun, new math problem every day by email, on our website, and on our free app. Targeted for kids ages 3-9, it begins with a quick, fun set-up story, followed by three math problems at three levels of challenge. Whether it’s flamingoes, chocolate chips or roller coasters, kids can see the math in their favorite topics. Research has shown Bedtime Math improves kids’ math performance with effects that last for years.
How do I sign up for the daily email?
It’s easy! In the navigation bar, you’ll see an orange button the words “Get Started” at the top of any page of this site. Scroll down the menu and click “Sign Up for Email.” Fill out the form, click “Submit” and you’ll start getting the daily email. If you’re having trouble with this, you can also email us at email@example.com to let us know you want to receive the daily math problem in your inbox and we’ll sign you up manually.
I get the daily email. Now what?
Have some math fun with the little ones in your life! Read the set-up story and do any or all the levels of the math problem. The answers for each level are included below all the questions, to make things a little easier for everyone. Have fun discussing any topics that the Bedtime Math problem may bring up. If your kids are stuck, you can walk them through the steps to help them get the answer.
I was receiving the daily math problems and then they stopped all of a sudden. Why did this happen and how can I fix it?
We often find that people forward the email to a friend, and their friend accidentally unsubscribes them. If you’re suddenly not receiving the daily math problem, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work with our email marketing company to get the email sent to you.
What’s the difference between the daily email and the Bedtime Math app?
Our mobile app features the same set-up story and questions as the daily email. If you’re already dealing with too much email, you might prefer the app! Check it out by clicking on the orange button with the words “Get Started” in the navigation bar at the top of any page of this site. Scroll down the menu and click “Download the App.” Choose our Bedtime Math app for elementary school-age kids, or our MiniMath app designed for families with kids ages 4-5.
I love Bedtime Math, but I speak Spanish. Do you provide the daily math problems in English as well as Spanish?
Yes, we do! The Bedtime Math app is now available in English and Spanish for iPhone/iPad and Android. Our book, Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late, is also available in Spanish.
What do the question labels like “Wee ones” and “Little kids” mean? What level of math are they?
We avoid using age or grade levels so that kids feel comfortable tackling as many or as few of the questions as they like. The questions start with Pre-K math such as counting and shapes and get more challenging from there!
My child has an idea for a Bedtime Math problem topic. Do you take suggestions?
We gladly take suggestions all the time! Anyone can become a Superfan by sending a specific topic or question to email@example.com with your kid’s first name and last initial. If we use the topic, we’ll be sure to give your kid a shout out!
We love the Bedtime Math books. Where can we buy the books?
I’m a teacher and want to do Bedtime Math in school or as homework – is that okay?
Bedtime Math’s mission is to help kids love numbers so they can handle the math in real life. Our daily math stories are meant for kids to do with their families together so it doesn’t feel like school work. Getting families to enjoy math as a fun activity at home is what Bedtime Math is all about. And best of all, it’s proven to boost kids’ math skills.
While we know teachers use Bedtime Math in the classroom as a warm-up to jump-start math class, it is not a curriculum and should never be compulsory or assigned as homework. We do encourage teachers to help spread the word about Bedtime Math to their students’ families. Here’s a quick, informative flyer you can email or print out for parents: [in English] [in Spanish].
What is your business model?
Bedtime Math is a nonprofit operating foundation, funded by charitable donations made by private donors. The foundation’s resources are used to advance the mission of helping kids learn to love numbers so they can handle the math in real life. Bedtime Math is just one of the many programs we offer as part of our charitable mission. All proceeds from the sale of Bedtime Math books and branded products come back into the foundation to fund our free programs.
Does Bedtime Math offer grants?
Bedtime Math Foundation does not make grants to other nonprofit organizations or to individuals. As a private operating foundation, Bedtime Math funds its own charitable activities, such as publishing the daily math problem and producing programs like Crazy 8s and Fun Factor.