Mind Boggle is a family resource for math and science education. We are committed to equipping parents with tools they can use to improve their child’s proficiency in math and science. Below you will find information on local tutoring services, science programs, and product recommendations. If you are aware of additional resources that may help another parent, please contact us.

Tutoring Services

April Harvey, Owner / Private Tutor
A.D.M. Tutoring, LLC
A.D.M. Tutoring, LLC is a private tutoring company in operation since 2005. Tutoring is available for students of all ages and backgrounds in various subjects with math help available from pre-Kindergarten numeracy to college calculus.

6810 Old 28th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Kumon is the world’s largest after-school math and reading enrichment program. Kumon unlocks the potential of children so they can achieve more on their own.

6080 28th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Mathnasium specializes in teaching kids math the way that makes sense to them using the Mathnasium Method™ and curriculum that has helped thousands of students in more than 200 Mathnasium centers nationwide.

Tutor Doctor
Tutor Doctor is a leader in providing affordable one-on-one supplementary education to students and adults through offering in-home tutoring for ALL subjects and ages!

Science & Engineering Programs

Calvin College Science
A few of the programs offered include:

Grand Valley State University
A few of the programs offered include:

Michigan State University
A wide variety of programs are available on their website.
A few of the programs offered include:

University of Michigan
A wide variety of programs are available on their website.
A few of the programs offered include:

Product Recommendations

Fortunately, there is a plethora of math and science educational materials that parents and educators can use to help students learn and have fun in the process! Unfortunately, it is hard for the average parent to pick the best games, books, and materials from the huge selection available. Here are a couple recommendations from Dr. Boggle herself!

TiViTz Games – This is a very good game to reinforce math concepts. TiViTz allows players/teachers to select the level of difficulty. You can review basic addition and subtraction, or move up to decimals, fractions, and even radicals! This game takes some time to learn and master. It is best for middle school and high school students. I would recommend playing this game in a classroom setting or as part of a structured after school program.

Books by Steve Spangler – Steve Spangler is my new favorite science experiment book author. The books are modern with very descriptive instructions. The photography is exceptional! It may be difficult to do some of these experiments from home, but an educator would probably have a lot of fun with these in the classroom.

Books by Janice VanCleave – I know of no other author as prolific on the topic of science experiments as Janice VanCleave. She has quite a few titles to choose from. The instructions are short, but not always clear. Some of the experiments are very basic and can be completed with items you have around the house. There were also a few experiments from her books that I couldn’t get to work. However, there are so many easy to do and easy to understand activities contained in one book, that the few that don’t work out won’t discourage you.

Mad Scientist Handbook – This book is for kids! The writing is witty and should appeal to a tween or teen. The instructions are thorough, but most of the experiments require a few materials/tools that the average family won’t have on hand. However, if you have a kid that is really into science, I’d highly recommend this book.

I have put together a list of a few of my favorite card games that can help students practice various math skills. All you need is a deck of regular playing cards. To download the list, just click here.