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Afterschool KidzMath
Publication Date: 2003
Grade Level: K–6
Content Focus: Math
Costs: $360 - $1,240
The costs shown were accurate at the time of the review. Please check the publisher's web site for current prices.
Developer Contact Information
Developmental Studies Center
2000 Embarcadero, Suite 305
Oakland, CA, 94606
510-533-0213 or 800-666-7270
www.devstu.org/afterschool-kidzmath

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Design Summary

KidzMath was designed specifically for afterschool.  The basic goals of the program are to build students’ confidence and skills in math and develop their ability to work in a team.  Lessons consist of cooperative games that are intended to be different from the traditional math curriculum but target and build upon traditional math skills.  Through these games, students also have an opportunity to have fun, feel successful, and build confidence as they work together toward a common goal. One of the strengths of the program is that teaches cognitive skills through physical activity and active games. KidzMath also has a strong social component that addresses children's moral and emotional needs. The structure of the program itself is designed to engage the whole child through indoor and outdoor games, whole group and small group games, exploration, drama movement, physical games, and art.

Curriculum materials include whole and small group games, story guides with a math theme, and a leader’s guide. Each story guide kit comes with 10 books and a guide for each book, as well as cards, dice, game boards, spinners, inchworms, calculators, and game cards.  The kits come as either primary level (grades K-2) or intermediate (grades 3-6).

Costs and Staff Training

The entire K-6 KidzMath set comes at a discounted cost of $1,240.  The curriculum can be purchased separately: Primary (K-2) game set is $360, and the Intermediate (3-6) game set is $435.  Primary story guides cost $260 and Intermediate are $335.

Training is available but not required, and can come in the form of on-site training or a support kit containing videos and training agendas.  On-site training, costing $1,500 plus expenses, consists of either a three or six hour workshop. The on-site support kit is $235. 

Staff Qualifications

Formal teaching experience is not required to implement KidzMath. Both practitioner and content expert reviews agree, emphasizing that the support kit provides plenty of information, and several mediums to help instructors learn how to teach the lessons. A strong background in math and classroom management skills would be helpful.

Standards Alignment

  • National: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • State: Has been aligned to: Florida, Missouri, Georgia, and Maryland

Research Base

KidzMath is based on research supporting the effectiveness of activity-based learning on learning and sustaining math knowledge and skills.  Research linking math-related literature to sparking students’ imagination, engagement, and exploration of math concepts is also an important basis to the program.

Evaluation Details

A large-scale independent formal evaluation has been conducted by Sacramento Students Today Achieving Results for Tomorrow (START), with results forthcoming.  In addition, the developers have done internal evaluations assessing the impact of KidzMath on both staff and students.

Overall Strengths/Overall Challenges

Strengths
  • Materials are attractive and age appropriate.
  • Nearly all materials are provided, and are durable and useful.
  • Students gain social awareness and skills as they play the games.
  • The checklist, questionnaire, site planning sheet, math glossary and NCTM correlation list are helpful for keeping instructors organized and on-task.
Challenges
  • Students might disengage with a particular game or activity when they lose interest.
  • It is difficult to assess how much students are learning.
  • It can be difficult to see the big picture and overall goals.


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