# “Family Math Night” Activities!

August 20th, 2018

It’s Monday, August 20, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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Math Night Modules

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

“Math Night” supported by the National Science Foundation is a fun event that was created for kids in elementary school and their parents. On Math Night, families go to school together and explore math displays (similar to a science fair), make math crafts, and compete in games to solve math problems.

Now, homeschoolers can join in the fun too! At this website you can get free access to the Math Night resources including math displays, crafts, games, and activities. You can print them out and use them to enjoy fun math projects at home.

When you get to the site just click on any item on the icon menu that includes:

• Abacus Arithmetic
• Topology Tricks
• Wrapping Paper Symmetry
• Math is a Piece of Pi
• Bridges of Koenigsberg
• Binary Numbers
• Geometry Gems
• Algorithms, Braids, and Kolam Figures
• Clock Arithmetic
• Secret (and not so secret) Codes
• Construction by Instruction
• Mathematics of Music
• Methods of Multiplication
• The Slide Rule
• Cake Walk Math
• Mirror, Mirror
• Make a Mountain Out of a Map
• Math ‘N Music Notes
• You Can Count On It!

A new page opens with a virtual tri-fold display about that activity. Use the menu at the top of the screen to learn about the module and access the printable materials you’ll need.

Want to try other activities? Look on the menu on the left side of the screen to access some “Pencil and Paper Games” as well as the rules for playing “Math Jeopardy.”

# Challenging Math Problems & Puzzles

January 15th, 2018

It’s Monday, January 15, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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Maths Challenge

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

This website offers a free archive containing hundreds of math problems and puzzles for a variety of skill levels.

When you get to the site you’ll see a horizontal menu near the top of the page. Click on “Problems” to access the archives. You can search by keyword for specific math strands such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, etc.

You can also search by level of difficulty. The problems are ranked with stars and explained as follows:

• One Star – These problems require nothing more than a logical mind and a willingness to try things out on paper.
• Two Stars – Problems begin to require insights and mathematical tools. For example, geometrical problems may require the use of simple trigonometry, number problems may require knowledge of factoring, etc.
• Three Stars – A good knowledge of school mathematics and/or some aspects of proof will be required.
• Four Stars – A comprehensive knowledge of school mathematics and advanced mathematical tools will be required.

Each word problem or puzzle comes with an illustrated solution, and often has suggestions for further exploration and learning.

# Free Challenging Online Math Curriculum!

November 6th, 2017

It’s Monday, November 6, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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Alcumus: Art of Problem Solving

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

Note: Younger accelerated learners may enjoy this too. This website offers free math problems and lessons designed to challenge high-performing students.

When you get to the site, you’ll find a brief introduction and instructions on how to register. Registration is required to access the program, but the slight inconvenience is worth the effort to enjoy activities that cover:

• Pre-Algebra
• Counting & Probability
• Number Theory
• Algebra 1
• Algebra 2

Each strand offers engaging video lessons and challenging problems for students to solve. The program automatically adjusts to the student’s ability level.

# Discovering Ancient Egypt

July 27th, 2017

It’s Thursday, July 27, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

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Discovering Ancient Egypt

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

Through colorful illustrations, videos, and text learn about:

• Hieroglyphs – Explore hieroglyphic writing and the Rosetta Stone.
• Typewriter – Use the online keyboard to type out a message in hieroglyphics and then email a link of your message to someone to check out your message.
• Numbers – Practice ancient Egyptian mathematics and try to solve some math problems written in hieroglyphs.
• Pyramids Temples – Read the brief introduction then use the right-hand menu to learn about the pyramids and temples of Egypt.
• Temples in 3D – See how Mr. Millmore created 3D images and videos of the Egyptian temples.
• Pharaohs of Egypt – Discover the kings and queens of Egypt.
• Egyptian Gods – Learn about the Egyptian Gods.
• Mummification – An overview of the mummification process
• Egyptian Inventions – A brief list of the most well-known things invented by the Egyptians

There are also apps and software available for sale for IOS and PC located on various pages and at the “Discovering Egypt Shop” link.

This website provides a great overview of ancient Egyptian history.

# Vedic Mathematics Magic

April 17th, 2017

It’s Monday, April 17, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 2 and up; children 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.

# Celebrate Pi Day!

March 13th, 2017

It’s Monday, March 13, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Joy of Pi

Age Range: All (All grades. Parents – preview these sites and select the resources that will be most beneficial to your children.)

Tomorrow, March 14, is “World Pi Day” and people everywhere are celebrating the mathematical symbol Pi (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter or 3.14159…).

Celebrate all week long with activities that enhance students’ understanding of all that is circular.

A companion to the book, “The Joy of Pi,” this website offers a terrific, comprehensive and current archive of links to information and resources all about Pi, including FREE downloadable lessons and activities. Learn the history of Pi, how to calculate Pi, and many other unique, fun, and innovative ways to investigate Pi for students of all ages.

Here’s another resource:

MEGSL (Math Educators of Greater St. Louis)

A collection of pi facts, resources, and free downloadable lessons and activities. The site also maintains an archive of links to Pi math problems, discussions, and unique, fun, and innovative ways to investigate Pi for students of all ages.

BONUS!

Albert Einstein for Kids

(http://www.albert-einstein.org/.index6.html)

Tomorrow is also Albert Einstein’s birthday! At this site you will find links to explore every stage of Einstein’s life. To get your kids interested in Einstein consider telling them that he was a genius – but that he didn’t talk until he was 3, he hated school and thought it was boring, he left school at 15 because of bad grades, and he wanted to study at the university but couldn’t pass the entrance exam! Nevertheless, at age 26 he published the Theory of Relativity, the quantum theory of light, and proved that energy and matter are linked in the physics relationship of E=MCÂ˛.