How do we motivate our kids to love and ace math?

Math is the foundation of a bright future
We all know that strong math skills are the key to a great career. Scientists, Hedge Fund Managers, Computer Programmers and even Heart Surgeons, all of them had to be great at math before they achieved their successes. Most of them continue to use math on a daily basis.

Research shows that people with strong math skills make a million dollars more than people with basic math skills [Smith, McArdle, and Willis. Financial Decision Making and Cognition in a Family Context. 2010]. Math is the underlying language of STEM -- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. And STEM jobs have grown 300% faster than non-STEM jobs [U.S. Department of Commerce. STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future. 2011].

The world is moving towards a knowledge economy. So, by the time your kids join the work force, a strong foundation in mathematics is going to be even more important. Perhaps the most important factor in determining how successful your kids' careers are.

It all comes down to being good at math!

Math builds the foundation needed to have a successful life and career. And to earn millions!

Positive early encounters are the key
Where do good math skills come from? Outside of a handful of geniuses, there's no proof that people are born with better or worse math potential. When someone says that they were never good at math, that doesn't mean that a physical or mental limitation kept them from being good. That usually just means that they didn't get the positive early encounters with math that would have built their confidence and interest in math.

Like so many things in life, becoming good at math is something that your kids can practice to achieve. The more they practice, the better they get. And the better they get at math, the more they like it and the more confident they become about engaging with more and more math.

Research shows that positive early encounters with math build kids' confidence, which helps them develop life-success dispositions like curiosity, imagination, flexibility, inventiveness and persistence [Clements, Sharma, and DiBiase. Engaging young children in mathematics: Standards for early childhood mathematics. 2004].

Kids need positive experiences with math early in life so that they build confidence in math.

Why do kids dislike math?
In a recent survey, 2 out of 3 American kids under the age of 12 said that they don't like math. The reason, again, is not because they cannot be good at math. It's simply that they haven't had a positive encounter with it yet. It's hard to connect many concepts encountered in math, such as division of fractions, to everyday life. At early age, kids are more curious about things related to everyday life. So, the abstraction found in math lowers their natural interest level in the subject. To them, math just appears to be something that they need to endlessly work on for no apparent benefit.

As the kids lose interest in foundational math, they naturally struggle with later-stage math. They start calling it "hard" or "boring," and look for a way out of learning math at the first sign. At that stage, we cannot expect them to continue practicing math because of its long-term benefits for success in life and career.

If you don't build a solid foundation of early math knowledge, you can't build a solid house of a successful life and career. Or a skyscraper. Or a rocket ship.

Lack of positive early experiences with math is why kids think math is hard and boring.

What do kids like?
Your kids may not love math. But they do love games! 95% of 12 year olds have played a game in the last week. And, 85% played a game yesterday! Games are the most common reason that kids want their own smartphones and tablets. 60% of the players on the mega-hit game Angry Birds are kids.

There's no doubt here. Kids are wired to play. Games nurture their brains. They create the circuits needed to solve complex problems later in life.

As a parent, you already know this. When kids ask you for iTunes cash, they are usually asking because they want to buy games. How many times have your kids attempted to persuade you that they absolutely have to, got to, need to, get the premium version of this game or that game? They get so fired up, it's like they are arguing a case before the Supreme Court!

Wouldn't it be great if they could have the same fire and the same passion about learning? Especially learning math? What if we could take the passion kids have for games, and bring it to learning and practicing math?

Kids love playing games. Let's give them the same love and positive experience with math!

Math games don't work
Thousands of companies have tried to "blend" math-learning and gaming through math games. We're sure you've seen math games that have some math which is clearly forced and of questionable quality. Math Shoot'em Ups, Math Puzzle Games, Math Strategy Games.

A rare few of them may even have decent math. But, if you ever asked your kids whether they'd prefer to spend time playing a math game or a real game like Minecraft, Monument Valley, or LEGO Batman, then you know what their answer will be.

But, what if we "bridge" math-learning and gaming? What if we used the kids' motivation to get and play real games as the driving force to get them to practice and learn math?

Turns out, it works like a charm!

The positive experience won't come from boring so called 'math games.'

How Brownie Points work
When kids use our app, the first thing they do is choose the iOS or Android games that they want to win and play. Games like Minecraft, Monument Valley, LEGO Batman, Angry Birds, Temple Run Brave, Fruit Ninja, Cut the Rope, Draw Something, and many more!

Each game has a Brownie Points cost -- the number of Brownie Points the kids need to earn in order to win the game.

How do they earn the Brownie Points? By practicing math! Parents select the grade level of their kids, and the Brownie Points app quickly determines, and later adapts, the right level of math for the kids. Research shows that with the right incentives, your kids can master math at twice the rate [Allan, and Fryer. The Power and Pitfalls of Education Incentives. 2011]. We agree!

These incentives don't just make your kids want to practice more math more regularly, they also reinforce a life-lesson: We all have to work hard to get things in life. With Brownie Points, your kids learn that if you want a game, you have to earn it!

In Brownie Points, kids win real iOS and Android games. For example, Minecraft and Monument Valley. Now, that's motivation!

We give the math straight up
In education research, there's a concept called "Transfer." Basically, it means that how well you do on a test depends on how close your learning condition was to that of the test. If you want to do better at division of fractions, you need to practice division of fractions the same way it will show up on the tests.

Struggling at the tests and getting mediocre grades can disappoint kids, which then leads to disinterest in math. We want your kids to ace their math tests so that their positive early encounters with math build their confidence and interest in the subject. The tests matter!

So, in Brownie Points, we don't simplify or bend the math to force-fit it into some sort of a game concept. We give your kids the math straight up. Consistent with the rigorous math standards of all 50 states in the United States (and increasingly, around the world).

When kids spend time on earning Brownie Points, they are doing exactly the kind of math they are expected to do in school. No watering down. The real deal!

Kids win games only if they practice math. The same math they get in schools and tests. Real math!

Results speak for themselves
On Brownie Points, 61% kids progress an entire school year in math in a matter of months. Kids also willingly spend 1000% more time on the Brownie Points app than any other educational app that parents force them to use. Parents tell us that this is the first time they've seen their kids asking parents to let them practice more math on an app. Motivation is a powerful thing, isn't it?  

Parents have given the app a    rating in the App Store. Here are some of the reviews that parents wrote about the Brownie Points app in the App Store:

My daughter is in second grade and is scoring above grade level on all her 3rd grade workbooks! I love how she chooses to work on your workbooks as much or more than she does her games! I wish we had something like this for all of her school subjects!

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Gunners mommy22

This app is amazing. I can't get my girls off of their iPads. The best part is, they're doing math problems! They love earning their points and winning new games. A+!

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Starlingmom

This app has helped my child be more interested in math. His math skills are improving because he enjoys using it. His math grades at school are starting to reflect that, so I am very happy with the app. I recommend all parents get this for their kids.

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goducks111

My 4th grade daughter loves this app and is motivated to play it in order to earn brownie points to spend on other games/apps.

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Littlelove111

Kids want to play=worth my $. Great app! My kids really do enjoy this app, so it's worth every penny. Using it right now for 4th grade son & 2nd grade daughter.

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Anonymous

Getting kids to review math in the summer is exhausting....but my kids are begging to get on this app. The incentives are great because they have to work for them.

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Kgorsage


Parents just like you absolutely love Brownie Points. The parents' reviews above are taken from the App Store.

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The next steps
Sounds like an ideal app for your kids, doesn't it? Why not try the app and decide for FREE? After all, there's nothing to lose! And a lot to gain!

If you decide to buy VIP membership to further enhance your kids' educational experience in the app, you'll find that the price of the membership is comparable to that of two cups of coffee. Research says that potential lifetime of success for your kids is worth millions! We think it's worth even more -- we think it's invaluable! Once you compare two cups of coffee to the life-changing benefits for your kids, the math becomes easy, doesn't it?  

For the price of two cups of coffee, you can bring your kids lifetime of success! That success is worth millions!