Friday, October 16, 2009

Math Scores Failing for 4th Grade - Gymathtics to the Rescue

Only 43% of fourth graders identified parallel and perpendicular lines according to the 2009 Mathematics Report Card. The Award Winning Exploracise Gymathtics DVD covers this concept within the first few minutes of the program during the Shape Stretches Warm Up where the parallel line stretch helps kids learn the concept through kinesthetic, visual, and auditory techniques. Perpendicular lines and intersecting lines are also taught through visual and auditory cues.

The 2009 Mathematics Report Card published by the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that only 39% of 4th graders are proficient or higher in math. Last I checked, a 39% is an F. The scores actually stayed the same for 4th grade from the 2007 scores and slightly improved for the 8th grade scores. A total of seven states and the District of Columbia increased their scores for 4th graders from 2007 to 2009 but four states had scores that decreased. All other states showed no significant change. How is your state or school reacting to this information?

"As a parent and very passionate educator, I was shocked. We created the Gymathtics DVD to help children learn and enjoy math while getting a healthful 30-minute workout. I did not realize how dire the challenges in math really are for kids today," states Carrie Scheiner, Exploramania Founder. Exploramania is creating interactive educational products to help children develop a love of learning and healthy lifestyle.

The Award Winning Gymathtics DVD is available at,, and select retailers. Visit to see a video preview.

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