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Vedic Mathematics Magic

April 14th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, April 14, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Vedic Mathematics

 

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 2 and up with parental supervision)

 

This commercial site provides information and free sample tutorials on Vedic Mathematics. What’s “Vedic Mathematics”? As explained at the website:
“Vedic Mathematics is the name given to the ancient system of Indian Mathematics which was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji (1884-1960). According to his research, all of mathematics is based on sixteen Sutras, or word-formulae.
These formulae describe the way the mind naturally works and are therefore a great help in directing the student to the appropriate method of solution. …The simplicity of Vedic Mathematics means that calculations can be carried out mentally (though the methods can also be written down).”
Words really don’t begin to describe this innovative way to solve math problems and mentally calculate answers to math equations. It almost makes learning math like learning fun magic tricks. Go to the website and try the free sample tutorials that explain ways to find arithmetic solutions for:
  • Multiplication
  • Subtracting Fractions
  • Finding Square Roots
  • Division

Click on any tutorial. Read the instructions and apply the Vedic method to find the solutions to an array of sample problems. Your kids will enjoy experimenting!

For those who have never heard of or tried this method before, it will really set your mind to thinking about math differently.
If your kids struggle with mathematics the Vedic system may provide an alternative method that suits the way your child learns best. This site sells products that teach the Vedic system, but the sample tutorials are free. It also provides many links to other websites with articles, downloads, activities, and further resources for learning Vedic mathematics. We have not reviewed these other websites.
Just FYI, YouTube.com carries some free Vedic math tutorials. Just go to YouTube.com and enter “Vedic math tutorials” in the search engine. A menu of free instructional videos on the Vedic system pops up that you can explore on your own. We have not reviewed the YouTube presentations on Vedic math, so parents AS ALWAYS should preview the material and supervise use.

Stop Teaching Math the Hard Way!

April 14th, 2014

 

Billy Bug Geometry

April 7th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, April 7, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Oswego School District: Billy Bug Geometry

 

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 2-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a fun game to help elementary-aged students practice finding geometry coordinates on a number grid.
When you get to the site, you’ll see the instructions for the game. The idea is to help an animated bug find the grub hidden on the grid by locating the coordinates that are provided.
Students are challenged to see how long it will take them to feed “Billy” 10 times. A game timer keeps track of the student’s progress.
This is just a simple, interactive math practice tool. Kids who like computer games are sure to have fun and learn a little about geometry too.

MathCats – Spring Activities

March 31st, 2014

 

It’s Monday, March 31, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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MathCats: Spring Activities

 

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Spring has sprung! At this website you’ll find free, fun, Spring-themed math activities that include outdoor estimation activities, graphing weather changes, and calculating the height of trees.

 

Once you’ve had fun with the spring math activities check out the rest of this wonderful math website for elementary grade kids by visiting the Home Page where you can access math activities that include: 

  • Discover EXACTLY How Old You Are - in hours, minutes, and seconds.
  • Try to Balance Objects - ranging from electrons to galaxies!
  • Play 12 Math Games online!
  • Polygon Playground - explore symmetry and tessellations!
  • Math Crafts - make string art, polyhedra, hexagrams and more! 

There’s much more here that makes learning math fun!

Language Arts Quizzes & More!

March 26th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, March 26, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Kidport

 

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Kidport is a Google-ad supported website that that offers free information and brief quizzes in a variety of subject areas including language arts, math, science, social studies, and creative arts. For this review we focused on “Language Arts.”
When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of what looks like a remote control device that contains grade levels from K-8. Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of subjects. Then, click on “Language Arts” to see an index of the topics covered for that grade level including:
  • Compound Words
  • Contractions
  • Word Recognition
  • Spelling
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Homophones
Click on a topic and a new page opens with information, an interactive quiz, and an activity suggestion (that you can do offline).

The Language Arts section is useful and there are quizzes on many subject areas – and as a mechanism for review of topics typically taught by grade level, it may be helpful.
You can get a good idea of everything the site has to offer by clicking on “Contents” on the menu. It includes direct links to the materials by grade level; including the “Reference Library Section” that offers information and interactives on the following topics:
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Life in the Sea
  • Human Body Anatomy and Physiology
  • Social Studies
  • American History
  • American Revolution
  • American Civil War
  • California Gold Rush
  • California Missions
  • U.S.A. Geography

Free Animated Science Lessons

March 25th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, March 25, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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e-Learning for Kids

 

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a global, nonprofit foundation dedicated to fun and free learning on the internet for children ages 5 – 12.

 
There are 40+ Science e-Lessons based on the International baccalaureate standards on this learning portal with many more in development and they publish new e-lessons monthly. The lessons are intended as supplemental material – designed to support a full curriculum and provide additional practice.

 

The goal of this e-learning portal is to be “the source” for childhood learning on the internet, available from anywhere and without charge. It should be noted that this website requests donations to help support its work but donations are not required to use the lessons.

 

The lessons are presented through an animated interactive video. Many lessons have a menu that can allow learners to repeat sections if needed. Nearly all the lessons have a certificate that is awarded to the learner for successful completion. This usually means they have answered all the questions correctly as part of the lessons or have been exposed to information about the correct answer. Then, if desired, the parent can print the certificate of the e-lesson for each student.

 

When you get to the website you’ll be asked to select your grade level. You can also choose to have the lessons displayed by popularity. You find choices like these:

 

K: States of Matter

K: Weather

K: Reading a Thermometer

K: Living and non-Living Things

 

1: Body Parts

1: Fossils and Fossil Records

1: Life Cycle of Plants

1: Pushing and Pulling Forces

 

2: Food Pyramid

2: Animals and Plants and their Habitats

2: Planets

2: Electric Circuits

 

3: Rock Formations

3: Plants and photosynthesis

 

4: Layers of the Earth and Plate Tectonics

4: Elements

4: Blood Circulation

 

5: Natural Disasters Shaping the Earth’s Surface

5: Plant Cells

 

Once you have explored the Science World portal, check out the rest of the website because these people provide over 400 lessons for children ages 5-12 in Math, Science, Language Arts, Computers, English as a Second Language, Environmental, Health and Life Skills. All lessons are available in English and several lessons are translated and available in Spanish, French, Portuguese and Indian English (voice-over only). Bookmark this site and come often!

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