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Vedic Mathematics Magic

April 14th, 2014

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

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.

Virtually Sail Aboard USS Constitution

August 2nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Friday, August 2, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

All Hands on Deck

Age Range: 5-18 (Lessons are designed for Grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.)

Take a multi-media learning adventure aboard the USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) that incorporates language arts, reading, math, science, art, and social studies.

When you get to the landing page of the website, I recommend that you watch the companion video (19 minutes long) that provides a sort of virtual field trip into the ship’s past. In the movie, a modern day ship visitor named Julie steps into a time-warp and meets characters from the ship’s past who tell their stories revealing the history and legacy of the USS Constitution.

Note: To download and watch the video, when you get to the website’s landing page, click on “Set Sail” and a new page opens. Click on “Table of Contents” and then click on “Video” on the left side of the screen. 

After watching the video, use the “Table of Contents” to explore the free curriculum that covers the USS Constitution’s construction, the crew, and life aboard a 19th century warship. Discover the teamwork required to sail the ship and engage in battle.

The online curriculum has lessons and activities that require students to solve math problems, make maps and diagrams, and write essays and poems. You’ll find suggestions for getting started, vocabulary helpers, activity sheets to print out, and much more. You’ll also find:

•Recommend Resources – Get recommendations for further reading, fun field trips, movies, music, and games, and a list of items to have on hand.

•Scuttlebutt – Enjoy humorous tales and interesting historical facts and anecdotes to extend the lessons.

This tribute to the legacy of the USS Constitution is designed for classroom use, but can be tweaked to suit any homeschool environment.

 

Thought-Provoking Math Activities for K-12!

February 25th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Monday, February 25, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

NRICH

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

This website, sponsored by Cambridge University, seeks to enrich math curriculum for learners of all ages by providing free, engaging, interactive math activities that provoke mathematical thinking. This isn’t about math lessons and worksheets: it’s about exploring math concepts through unusual problems to provide deeper understanding.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu that’s divided into two sections:

Student Homes – This area is divided into sections with activities for students in various grade/ability levels:

  • Lower Primary – Activities that help children understand the concept of sorting, matching, and numbers
  • Upper Primary – Explore shapes, numbers and operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), time, logic and more.
  • Lower Secondary -  Get useful insights for determining area, perimeter, and volume. Experiment with curves, triangles, and geometric reasoning.
  • Upper Secondary – Use area integrals to solve problems, explore ideas in statistics.

Teacher Homes – This area is divided into three sections with teacher information and activities for:

  • Early Years – Building the foundational understanding to develop math skills.
  • Primary Years – Activities that encourage students to work systematically to solve math problems.
  • Secondary Years – Exploring area, perimeter, shapes, volume, Pi, and Calculus to solve real world problems.

While the look of the site and the information provided is user-friendly, it’s not organized in an intuitive way. Be prepared to click around to find all of the activities and resources that are available.

Free ‘Bedtime Math!’

December 10th, 2012

Hi! It’s Monday, December 10, 2012 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Bedtime Math Problem

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

What an ingenious idea! This website, sponsored by the Overdeck Family Foundation, 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 pre-school 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 Problem posted on the home page. When I visited, there were fun math problems themed around:

  • Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
  • Hanukkah Candles
  • Peacocks
  • Falling
  • Money
  • And many more!

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

You’ll also find a free, printable BMP calendar to track how many days you do Bedtime Math, and a Teacher/Parent Guide.

The site offers a couple of items for sale, too – but you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the Bedtime Math Problem each day.

Math with Egyptian Hieroglyphs!

September 24th, 2012

Hi! It’s Monday, September 24, 2012 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Websites:
See Below

Age Range: 8-16 (varies by website, with parental supervision)

Let’s Play Math: Egyptian Math in Hieroglyphs

This terrific blog (by a homeschool mom) offers a series of free math challenges using hieroglyphs. Designed for younger students (about 8-14), you’ll find several links to resources that include:

From the main page, you can click on links to these other fun math activities too:

  • The Secret of the Pharaoh’s Treasure
  • The Mysterious Temporal Freeze
  • The Secret of Egyptian Fractions
  • The Puzzling Pythagorean Pebbles

Want more?  Explore this website…

Eyelid Productions: Ancient Egyptian Number Hieroglyphs

This commercial and ad-supported website is a treasure trove of Ancient Egyptian history that contains a small section devoted to number hieroglyphs complete with a few math problems you can solve using hieroglyphs. It’s geared for ages 10-16, and offers a fun way to learn a little math and history. Be sure to explore the rest of this site that includes information on pyramids, temples, kings and queens, mummification, etc.

 

Challenging Math Problems & Puzzles!

May 21st, 2012

Hi!  It’s Monday, May 21, 2012 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Maths Challenge

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately, with parental assistance)

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, et cetera.
 
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.

 

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