# Math is Fun!

July 16th, 2018

It’s Monday, July 16, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MathsIsFun.com

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website offers a variety of interactive, fun, and challenging math logic puzzles, quizzes, word problems and solutions, geometry scrambles, worksheets, and more.

When you get to the site the featured math activities are in the middle of the page. Choose from:

• Numbers
• Algebra
• Geometry
• Data
• Measure
• Puzzles
• Games
• Dictionary
• Worksheets

Click on any one and a new page opens with a description and instructions on how to do the math activity. There are “help” and “solution” buttons on the puzzles for those who get stumped. Everything here is designed by the website owner “who loves mathematics and fun.”

ALL KINDS of illustrated math lessons from arithmetic to algebra and beyond can be found here!

Two bonuses! Scroll below the math activities on the home page to find a teachers page full of more inspiring math ideas to share with your students AND a link called “math tools”. This page has some really useful calculation applications to speed your way to that all-important solution! This is a comprehensive math site with explanations for how to teach every math strand – it’s a great math supplement!

# Math Through Worldometers & More!

June 11th, 2018

It’s Monday, June 11, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Worldometers

Age Range: 5-105 (Grades K-Adult; children with parental supervision)

This website provides world statistics updated in real time that is simply astonishing to see. There isn’t much to do at the site except watch the numbers change instantaneously. However, the more time you spend looking at the data, the more questions you ask, and the more things you learn! This is a veritable springboard to learning through addition.

When you get to the site you’ll see numbers flashing before you that represent the statistics on a variety of topics that include:

• World Population – Watch the numbers advance on births, deaths, and the net population growth today.
• Government & Economics – Watch the mind-boggling figures increase on expenditures in healthcare, education, and the military. Discover the number of cars, bicycles, and computers produced or sold this year.
• Society & Media – Find out the number of book titles published, newspapers circulated, TVs and cellular phones sold, money spent on video games, and how many emails and blog posts are sent/made in a day.
• Environment – Learn how many forests were lost, how many tons of carbon dioxide were emitted this year, or toxic chemicals released in the environment and more.
• Food – See the number of undernourished people in the world, number of overweight people, money spent on weight loss programs, etc.
• Water – See how many people have no access to safe drinking water.
• Energy – Discover the energy used in a day from renewable and non-renewable sources. See the number of days to the end of oil, gas, and coal.
• Health – Get information about traffic fatalities, world spending on illegal drugs, number of cigarettes smoked today, deaths caused by malaria, cancer, AIDS, communicable diseases, etc.

If this doesn’t result in educational questions and discussions – we don’t know what will. Plus, it shows kids the practical use of math in the real world.

Don’t miss the “Languages” component – you can view all of these statistics in languages from Arabic to Ukranian.

# Learn Over 40 Different Languages

June 2nd, 2018

It’s Saturday, June 2, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Surface Languages

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

Hello. Hola (Spanish). Salut (French). Szia (Hungarian). Ahlan (Arabic). Hej (Danish). Learn thousands of useful phrases for over 40 different languages with this free online resource

Using audios of native speakers, flashcards, and simple word games, this website offers the budding linguist a wonderful starting point to become versed in thousands of fundamental words and phrases. Learn:

• Alphabets
• Numbers
• Descriptive words and phrases
• Food related words and phrases
• Time related words
• Phrases to use in an emergency
• Communication problem phrases
• Directions
• And much, much more

Just a sampling of the every growing list of languages available includes:

• Bulgarian
• Chinese
• Estonian
• Greek
• Hebrew
• Latin
• Maltese
• Russian
• Swahili
• Tagalog
• Welsh
• Yiddish

Also currently available are 4 language courses for beginners which consist of 15-27 lessons intended to teach basic grammatical structure and sentence patterns. Languages courses currently available are:

• French
• Italian
• Polish
• Portuguese (Brazil)

Practice your language skills while on the go for free by downloading the companion app available for certain smart devices!

With this website open the doors to different languages beyond the ones traditionally taught and inspire your students to explore new worlds of communication.

# Math Games with Dice & Catapults

May 7th, 2018

It’s Monday, May 7, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

SpaghettiBoxKids

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

A Dad, with a strong belief in the merits of learning through play, created this website/blog with good, old-fashioned, activities that help a child’s ability to focus and learn.

There are activities covering a variety of subjects including math, science, language arts, and more – laced with some parenting tips and strategies for learning.

When you get to this archived site, you’ll land on the “Math Games with Dice” page. There, you’ll find a menu of math dice games (from simple to advanced) that help kids learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and exponents. You’ll just need a pair of dice to get started.

Also check out More Math Games with Dice” that require familiarity with the Mayan Numeric System. And yes, there’s a page on the site that teaches

We found the easiest way to access the terrific content at this site was to view the Site Map that lists the activity titles, making it easy to pinpoint games of interest to you and your family.

BEST OF ALL:  Don’t miss the Catapult Designs for Kids! You’ll find a variety of instructions for making catapults out of stuff you’ve got around the house including coffee cups, soda cans, egg cartons, soup cans, and more. The whole family can launch and learn for hours and hours of fun.

# Free K-12 Math Videos & Games

April 30th, 2018

It’s Monday, April 30, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Math Pickle

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

This is one of the most innovative math sites we’ve seen. A Canadian mathematician/teacher developed this site to help classroom teachers address the multiple math skill levels of students through challenging and engaging activities and games that are demonstrated with slide shows or videos.

All of it can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment. When you get to the site, click on “All Puzzles” then choose the grade level of interest to you. You can also switch to the subject menu.

• In grades K-2 – Enjoy math games that teach patterns, skip counting, addition, symmetry, and more.
• In grades 3-4 – Play dot-to-dot measuring puzzles, learn subtraction, Fibonacci numbers, and more.
• In grades 5-6 – Practice division, discover prime numbers, practice factoring, and more.
• In grades 7-9 – Enjoy a game of “Integral Fission,” practice multiplying fractions, engage in cipher breaking, do puzzles to learn about polygons, area, logic, and more.
• In grades 10-12 – Play games and solve puzzles that teach algebra, scientific notation, probability, and more.

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you can click through the slides or watch a demonstration video.

What an incredible range of free math activities! Bookmark this site to return often.

# Math Tricks, Games, & Lessons!

April 9th, 2018

It’s Monday, April 9, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Murderous Maths

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

Murderous Maths books use humor to make learning math entertaining and funny. (The word “murderous” here means “extremely difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant.”) The comic-style books feature a range of quirky characters that teach math concepts through fun and absurd stories. At the website you’ll find many of the math tricks, games, and lessons featured in the books that you can access for free.

When you get to the site, it all looks a little chaotic. There’s a brief introduction with links to content on the site, and an icon menu. Place your cursor over the illustrations to see where each one leads. If it looks interesting, click on it to learn more. We found the easiest way to get to the freebies, is to use the tiny menu bar located at the bottom of the page that includes:

• Fun – An assortment of math tricks and games to entertain you, and amaze your friends. For example, find out how to guess someone’s “Age By Chocolate” – and read the explanation for how it’s done.
• Contents – Under Features, enjoy colorfully illustrated lessons that teach:
• Finger Times Tables
• Pascal’s Triangle
• The Area of an Ellipse
• Fibonacci and Nature
• Calculating the Area of a Trapezium
• Square Triangle and Cube Numbers
• How to Work Out Square Roots Without a Calculator
• And More!
• Teachers – Number tricks, powerpoints and miscellaneous fun

This is a terrific way to supplement math studies and engage reluctant mathematicians.