Drop by to chat with UnLock Math teacher Alesia Blackwood during the MHA Expo Feb. 26, 12-8 and Feb. 27, 10-3.

Alesia and Matthew Blackwood want to take the anxiety out of math.

The husband and wife team are the co-founders of Unlock Math, and you can visit with them during the 2018 MHA Spring Convention Expo at the Mall of America on Monday, Feb. 26 from 12-8 and Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 10-3.

Unlock Math offers fun, but educational videos on demand with lessons similar to ones kids might get in a classroom.

“Our idea is to take the anxiety out of math,” Alesia said, noting how even parents will pass their anxiety on to their children. “It’s OK to say you’re not good at math. But you can’t say that about reading. We want to change that.”

For example, the Blackwood’s played a video that featured Alesia as a boxer to illustrate the difference between whole and natural numbers. In the video, she explains why zero is so important after two images of her sparring in the ring – something their three kids loved.

“If you engage and entertain them, they forget you were going to do something ‘mathy’ with them,” she said.

Matthew and Alesia Blackwood of UnLock Math. Both were homeschooled as children.

The UnLock Math Family

Alesia was homeschooled starting in the 4th grade until going back to public high school. She knew from an early age that she wanted to become a teacher and accomplished that goal in 2000. A member of the Ontario College of Teachers certified in Intermediate and Senior Divisions Mathematics and Computer Science, she also holds certification from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to teach Mathematics grades 7-12. She brings her love of math and teaching to UnLock Math.

Matthew’s background is in television production and management. He had been homeschooled as well from the 4th grade on.

Alesia and Matthew met in October of 2001. After a whirlwind long distance romance between Georgia and Ontario (1100 miles) Alesia’s dream of a fairy tale wedding was realized in December of 2002.

As their family grew, they dreamed of working together. They recognized a need for a math curriculum that would take away the stress and frustration many parents and their children have when it comes to math. They envisioned an online math curriculum that would take care of everything for the parent. Teaching. Testing. Grading. And do it in a way that’s Interesting, Engaging, and Fun! They realized that together they had the skills necessary to turn this dream into a reality.

They have taken Alesia’s unique style of breaking math into bite-size chunks that students find easier to understand and developed UnLock Math, an online math curriculum unlike any other, designed to reduce math anxiety and build confidence.

How is UnLock Math Unique?

• Teaching Videos that ENGAGE, EXPLAIN and ENTERTAIN! Many video lessons are dry, boring and hard to sit through. Not so with UnLock Math! Alesia teaches each lesson as she would to a class, explaining the concepts thoroughly and going through several examples to make sure they understand thoroughly.
• Advanced Assessment with various question types that truly assess a child’s understanding in ways that multiple choice testing simply can’t.
• Immediate Feedback & Fully Explained Solutions for each question.
•Children Only See ONE Question at a time. This is important for those students who get overwhelmed and anxious when the see a whole page of “math”.
• Unlimited Practice for students who need more practice to solidify new skills.
• Unlimited Review
• Gradebook & Progress Reports updated in realtime so that you and your child can track progress and assignment details.

The program starts by giving the lesson information, allowing students an opportunity to practice, and repeating the cycle. An assessment platform is also included to see how well students are doing.

Current programs include Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, and Geometry. Pre-Calculus coming soon.

Each Unlock Math lesson will take about 30 minutes to complete. With normal pacing you can expect to complete a course in 9 months. As each course is completely self-paced this can be done faster or more slowly depending upon the individual student. Visit their demo lesson available on the website to see how the layout works. Pricing options are either monthly or annually, with a discount for siblings.

Whether you are a home educator looking for a complete math curriculum or a parent whose child is struggling in school and find yourself in need of a online tutor to improve your child’s confidence, ability, and mastery of concepts, UnLock Math has been designed with your needs in mind.

The UnLock Math Team. From left to right, Matthew Blackwood, Alesia Blackwood, Devon Hamill, Ashley Bell, and Shilah Spellman.

UnLock Math is completely online. Easy to navigate. Available anytime. It utilizes the most advanced testing and assessment anywhere. UnLock Math puts child into a safe virtual classroom where they are the only student. No distractions. Just math. Plus Alesia is a Passionate Math Teacher who has a proven ability to engage students and give them the skills and confidence to succeed.

Matthew and Alesia look forward to unlocking your child’s math potential and chatting with you at the MHA Spring Convention!