What do parents really want to know about maths?


Maths Insider is a year old!

Actually, it’s been one year and one week, since I published my first post here on Maths Insider!

Here are the Vital Statistics:

Page views (May): 8528

Page views per day: 200 – 400

Subscribers: 486

Posts: 60

Comments: 393

The Top 15

Of the 60 posts I’ve written, the top 15 posts counted for over 2/3 of the page views:

Title Views
8 Things to Hate about Kumon – A Review 19,800
Home page 8,911
About Kumon – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 3,779
24 Short and Sweet Preschool Maths Activities. 3,277
Who else wants their child to be lightening fast at mental maths? – Introduction 2,368
10 Seriously Cool Careers That Need Maths 2,083
Have You Seen These 8 High Quality, Free Maths Websites? 1,373
Finger counting: The Debate Continues! 1,371
No! No! No! No! Don’t Let your Child Finger Count! 1,156
What Every Parent Needs to Know About the Multiplication Facts 802
Maths-Whizz Testers Needed! 760
About 740
Math Teachers at Play Blog Carnival No.37 – Join the Party! 738
Who else wants their child to be lightening fast at mental maths – Part 1 720
Who else wants their child to be lightening fast at mental maths? – Part 2 718

Kumon top thanks to Google

The huge number of page views for the 2 Kumon articles is due to Google. As soon as someone types the word “Kumon” into Google, then Google Suggest brings up “Kumon Reviews” and the 8 Things to Hate About Kumon article is one of the top results! There’s a clearly a demand for “insider” information about this popular after school program. I have more juicy Kumon information to share in the next few months!

Activities for preschoolers

As a mum of 2 preschoolers, I’ve spent many an evening searching for preschool reading activities, so can see why the 24 Short and Sweet Preschool Maths Activities is so popular. I think I’ll share some more activites like these in future articles.

Sharp mental maths skills

The popularity of the posts about finger counting, multiplication facts and lightening fast mental maths, show that this is the part of maths that many parents feel their children need support with. The 31 Days to Faster Times Tables product is designed to solve this issue, at least for the times tables. I’ll be sharing more times tables advice soon for those of you who really want to go DIY with this one.

Other popular articles

If you haven’t tried the free trial at Maths-Whizz Testers Needed then you must! Kids love it and you’ll get a real feel for how the program works.

I’m pleased to see my favourite post, 10 Seriously Cool Careers That Need Maths on the list, and if you liked that post, you’ll love the free 21 Seriously Cool Maths Careers ebook. (I’ve also posted that on the Times Educational Supplement Website and it’s getting downloaded by lots of teachers.)


Thanks to all of you who clicked a link and got a tip or a piece of advice that helped you support your child’s maths and a special thanks to those who took time to comment – it’s great to see so many of you sharing your thoughts here!

What do you want to read about in the next Maths Insider year? Tell me in the comments or contact me. I’d love to hear from you!


Caroline Mukisa
About The Author: Caroline Mukisa is the founder of Maths Insider. A Cambridge University educated math teacher, she's been involved in math education for over 20 years as a teacher, tutor, Kumon instructor, Thinkster Math instructor and math ed blogger. She is the author of the insanely helpful ebook "The Ultimate Kumon Review" and insanely useful website "31 Days to Faster Times Tables" You can follow her math tips on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @mathsinsider