Here, we address our most frequently asked questions.

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 did Bedtime Math first get started?

Bedtime Math was created by Laura Bilodeau Overdeck. While not a professional teacher, she loved numbers as a kid and studied astrophysics in college. As a mom, she (along with her husband John) started giving math problems to their two older kids; when their 2-year-old started hollering for his own math problem, they knew they were onto something, and Bedtime Math was born.

Who does the foundation benefit?

Our primary work focuses on serving elementary school-age children in grades K-5. We do that by helping parents make math a fun part of the family routine at home and working with educators to make math hands-on and engaging inside the classroom and after school.

Why is math important?

All kids need strong math skills so they can become capable adults, not just those who will one day fill high-tech jobs. They need to tackle the numbers behind countless daily decisions, from knowing when to leave to arrive at a destination on time, to estimating how much gas they’ll use along the way and the cost to fill the tank. They’ll need to food-shop for a holiday meal and know quantities. Most of all, they’ll need to be able to eyeball invoices and spot errors in credit card charges. When you’re fearless about math, people can’t take advantage of you!

What is Crazy 8s

Crazy 8s is our nationwide after-school math club designed to get elementary school kids fired up about numbers. Unlike the competition-oriented clubs out there, Crazy 8s has an energy and playfulness that can appeal to any kid – not just those who already love math. With activities like Glow-in-the Dark Geometry and Bouncy Dice Explosion, kids see that math is approachable, tangible and fun. Research has shown that Crazy 8s reduces math anxiety for elementary school-age kids.

What is Fun Factor?

Fun Factor is our new curriculum for the K-5 classroom, developed in consultation with Columbia Teachers College. It features dynamic math activities that align to standards and address key concepts to meet the needs of all learners. Our professional development provides teachers with the tools to take math beyond screen time and worksheets, giving students an opportunity to experience math class in a whole new way.

What is your business model?

Bedtime Math Foundation 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. All proceeds from the sale of Bedtime Math books and branded products, as well as any fees collected for Fun Factor professional development sessions, are used to help offset the cost of producing and distributing our programs.

Does the Bedtime Math Foundation 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.


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