Kids are mastering their school assignments with Ninja Math for second graders.
They are not learning punches and kicks, but at Richmond Elementary, second graders are becoming ninjas at solving math problems.
All three second grade classes at Richmond Elementary have partnered with Stillwater Martial Arts so students have the benefit for a second year of having supplemental math practice with Ninja Math.
Several times a week, teachers take time out of their day to have students solve 60 math problems in three minutes. They work their way up, mastering 26 pages of addition facts and 26 pages of subtraction facts. The content becomes more difficult as they advance.
“Students earn a new belt for every four pages of facts that they get correct,” said second-grade teacher Andrea Garrett. “To earn a black belt in either addition or subtraction a student must master 26 fact pages.”
The owner of Stillwater Martial Arts, Alex Evers, visited students and taught them a few karate moves to get them excited about Ninja Math.
“The program essentially works by setting specific and measurable goals for the students to reach and exceed,” Evers said. “Using a martial arts belt system … students are challenged by their teachers (and me) to earn their yellow belt, orange belt, and even black belt, in Ninja Math Facts. The belt system is incredibly valuable in goal setting for children. If a goal is set that is too far in the distance, with no small goals between, it is much more likely a child will have difficulty hitting that long term goal. The beauty of Ninja Math Facts is that it sets smaller short term goals for students to achieve, and then quickly encourages them to strive for their next goal. We use this system in our children’s martial arts classes to help them with focus, confidence, and self-discipline and it works great!”