Preventing Summer "Brain Drain" with Hooda Math Online Games

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Free Online Math Games Offer Kids Fun and Easy Ways to Stay Sharp in Summer Months

Hooda Math, the leading online math games site, offers tools that families can use to deal with the issue of what has been called the “Summer Brain Drain.” For decades educators have focused on the ongoing issue of summer learning loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of a summer vacation. The average rate of loss in mathematical abilities is 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency each summer.

While there are 48 million students in the US in K-12 any given year -- only 9.2 million attend summer school programs. Gaps in learning based on socio-economic status become larger over the summer months because of disparities in summer learning programs. With free online gaming for kids ages 8-16, Hooda Math can offer a simple solution for a wide swath of students from all socio-economic areas.

Hooda Math focuses on 3 main math games categories for students ranging in age from 8-16 years old – with increasing levels of difficulty appropriate for all students’ learning needs. The core categories of the math games at Hood Math include Geometry, Arithmetic and Logic games– geared to the various learning levels and capabilities of students of all ages.

“I recommend that my students use Hooda Math as a site for kids during the school year and over the summer,” said Kristy Andruch, elementary teacher from New Jersey. “Hooda math is easy-to-use and fun games for students makes math enjoyable even to the most resistant kids. I encourage parents and students to use the Hooda Math site daily.”

Hooda Math is focused on kids learning to love math, not being pushed into the process. Most sites have a cost factor and were not dynamic in nature – so founder and CEO Michael Edlavitch and his wife set out to create a free online educational video games service that would transform the marketplace.

“With fun, highly-engaging games on the Hooda Math site, kids don’t even really feel like they are doing anything hard to keep their skills sharp,” said Michael Edlavitch, CEO and founder of Hooda Math. “We’re committed to providing unique gaming experiences that enhance the overall learning process. Students can log on anywhere for free and get hands on time with games that will help retain critical math knowledge.”

Because Hooda Math games are less traditional and more constructivist, the levels of the games are easily differentiated for all levels and can be used in mixed ability classrooms with students with varying degrees of math skills. HoodaMath.com also has free printable worksheets that go along with many of the free online math games, so that teachers can assess students work in the computer lab.

About Hooda Math
Hooda Math is run by a licensed math educator whom formerly taught middle school mathematics in an urban school district. As a teacher, Michael Edlavitch saw that there was a huge gap for creating a powerful, positive relationship with math for kids ages 8-16. As a leading online math games site, Hooda Math encourages students to see math in an entirely new light. HoodaMath.com helps special-ed students and students that normally fail in math build confidence that they DO have math skills, and their teachers can see that they are using complex mathematical thinking because our math games are not just symbolic in the methods that math is traditionally taught. More information about Hooda Math and its online educational video games can be found at HoodaMath.com.

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