Archive for the ‘math’ category

Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 14th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

(ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/math/)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline.

The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline. The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include: 

  • Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-9 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
  • Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 7-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
  • Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
  • Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-9 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects: 

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human Body
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Geography/Maps
  • Art
  • Language Arts
  • Drama
  • and more!

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

Bedtime Math!

January 7th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 7, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bedtime Math

(bedtimemath.org/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-4 approximately, with parental participation and supervision)

 

What an ingenious idea! This website, created by Laura Overdeck, provides a free, daily, Bedtime Math Problem that helps parents give kids a fun opportunity “to do math in their heads, so someday when they’re shopping and everything’s 20% off, they can figure out the sale price before the store closes.”

As explained at the website, the Bedtime Math Problem aims to be “fun and lively, but they won’t keep your kids from falling asleep. In our experience, math can get kids to sit still, focus, and quiet down.”

You can get your free, daily Bedtime Math Problem directly from the website, harvest it from their Facebook page, or you can subscribe to the daily newsletter that delivers it to your email inbox. (See details at the website.) Each BMP offers three levels of challenge to be used as a rough guideline: 

  • Wee Ones for preschool kids
  • Little Kids for children in grades K-2
  • Big Kids for children in grades 3 and up

This is not a math curriculum, and there’s no one right way to use it. It’s simply a fun idea to help parents and kids enjoy math in small daily doses.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the most recent Bedtime Math Problems posted on the home page. When we visited, there were fun math problems themed around: 

  • Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
  • Words That Make You Cross-eyed
  • Snowballs in Siberia
  • Owls
  • And many more!

Each math story-problem is presented in a fun way that incorporates a little science and history and a lot of humor. They are designed to engage children’s interest immediately. All of the BMPs are archived at the website. You can check out their apps as well.

Online Math Activities & Lessons for K-8

December 17th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, December 17, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AAA Math

(www.aaamath.com/)

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

 

What an incredible resource for developing basic math skills from counting to geometry!

This site has page after page of information on every math strand and includes explanations of math processes, interactive online drill and practice work that you can tweak to create random math problems, and challenge games to keep your students on their toes. 

When you get to the site you can click on a grade level from the top menu or a math topic from the left side bar menu. If you click on a grade level you will find a menu of math problems and activities that are typically taught at that grade level. If you click on a math topic you will find lessons, drills, games, and activities along with websites to teach and reinforce learning for that particular math strand.

This is really an incredible resource that you’ll want to bookmark and visit many times.

Advent Calendar Math & Math Games

December 10th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, December 10, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Printable Advent Calendar

(www.dr-mikes-math-games-for-kids.com/advent-calendar.html)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-7 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, printable Advent Calendar that you can assemble and use to help young children learn basic math concepts and skills.

The calendar is courtesy of the website creator, Dr. Mike. He believes that children learn math best through playing games!

When you get to the site you’ll see the instructions for printing out and assembling the Advent Calendar, along with ideas for how to use it with young children. Then use the menu on the left side of your screen to explore the math games archived at this site including: 

  • Cool Math Games
  • Kindergarten – An assortment of games to help preschool and kindergarten children grasp basic math concepts with the understanding that little kids learn by experience – not by rote learning!
  • Home School – Dr. Mike provides creative and interesting games and tips to help homeschool families learn math. As Dr. Mike explains, “I’ve gone through all the games on this site, and evaluated them with you, the home-schooler, in mind. It’s my sincere hope that these resources will make your home-schooling a little more joyful – or a little less burdensome – wherever you may now be in your home-schooling journey.”

You’ll also find menu items that sort the games by grade levels 1-7, as well as printable games, calculator games, magic squares, times tables, fractions, and a variety of other games.

These games were selected because they expose children to math facts that result in rote learning without the boredom. Through playful games your children are immersed in math concepts that provide a foundation on which math skills and techniques can be successfully built. Plus, Dr. Mike gives tips on how to use them in the classroom or at home. As Dr. Mike says, “Most important, I’ll explain why these games help kids love math, why they’ll be learning more in an hour of play than they possibly could in a whole day of drills.”

Listen and Learn Some Gaelic

December 8th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, December 8, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Speaking Our Language: Gaelic

(www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gaidhlig/ionnsachadh/bac/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This older website is fun for all, although younger children will need some assistance.

What a great way to learn Irish! Read the phrases in each lesson, listen to the audio (using the .wav sound button), and look at the phonetic transcription, all at the same time! Fanciful cartoon characters illustrate each phrase, so smile while you learn! Each lesson also contains notes about usage, as well as exercises to help you see how much you have learned.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTES ON NAVIGATION OF THIS SITE: At the end of each test, DO NOT click “Submit” as it will take you to the wrong page. Instead, use your browser’s “Back” arrow to go back to the page with the lessons menu and select the next lesson.

Other than a few small mishaps, which I’m sure are the fault of some mischievous leprechaun, this is a very simple and useful site for learning some Gaelic.

And, in the words of the young laddie on the first page of each lesson, “Gur math a theid leibh.” Translation: Good luck!

Free Literacy Games for Beginners

December 5th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, December 5, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ICT Games: Literacy Games

(www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/literacy.html)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers several interactive games to help young children learn and practice basic language arts skills.

When you get to the site you will see the menu of games including: 

  • Little Bird Spelling – Choose a grade level and then choose a bird house. This game will check spelling of the words listed.
  • Phonics Pop – Choose a set or group of sounds then pop the bubble of the sound heard.
  • The Dinosaur’s Eggs – Select a pattern, listen to the word and select the correct egg.
  • And more!

Also check out the math games to play under the link entitled Maths Games.

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