# Free Math Activity Book for K-5

April 15th, 2019

It’s Monday, April 15, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

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

At this archived site, you’ll find a free math activity book designed for parents to use with their children to help them learn important math concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, there are no bells and whistles here, just easy-to-do math activities, sorted by grade range from K-5, that are formatted for user-friendliness.

When you get to the site, you’ll land on the “Title Page” of the online book. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Next” buttons on each page to read the Foreword, Introduction, and to access the Activities that include:

• Math in the Home – Discover fun ways to use things you find around the house to learn measurement, fractions, counting, addition, subtraction, graphing, geometrical concepts, telling time and much more.
• Math at the Grocery Store – Practice measurement, estimation, weighing, counting, and figuring price per unit versus price per pound while helping your children learn estimation skills – all while doing the grocery shopping!
• Math on the Go – Do fun math activities as you travel from place to place using numbers found on license plates, buildings, buses, taxis, houses, and gas stations.
• Math for the Fun of It – As the book explains, there are fascinating mathematical possibilities in the world around you. Look for math in nature – in the symmetry in leaves and various shapes and patterns of blooming flowers. You’ll find lots of other fun suggestions as well.

The book wraps up with some pointers for parents on helping children achieve in mathematics along with suggestions for helping children with school assignments, and resources for further learning.

By the way, if you get tired of clicking the “Next” buttons – you can access the entire table of contents with links to specific sections of the book here.

The activities in this online book are perfect for homeschooling families and can be used in any way that makes sense to you and your children. You can also print it out and use it offline as well!

# Practice Math with Games

April 8th, 2019

It’s Monday, April 8, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Play Kids Games

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

At this website, you’ll find a variety of fun, interactive games designed to help kids learn and practice their math skills.

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

• Space Shuttle Launch: You choose whether to work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a random assortment of them all. You also get to choose your level: Easy, Medium, or Hard. Every time you answer a math question correctly, you get to watch your rocket ship launch successfully and reach the moon.
• Save the Math Apples: Answer the math questions correctly and the monkey can get the apples safely across the river. One misstep, though, and the hungry crocodile gets a snack!
• Seahorse Counting: Count the seahorses and click on the correct corresponding number. Great for young children learning to recognize their numbers.
• Robot Calculator: Type in the correct answers to the math questions that appear on the calculator screen to make your robot very happy.
• Math Pinball: Shoot the ball and hit it with the paddles; watch it bounce all around inside the pinball machine. Each time the pinball successfully ricochets off the components of a math question, you need to answer it correctly before you can continue the game. Complete with sound effects.
• Math Tunnel Blaster: Shoot the correct answers to make your way through the walls and through the tunnel.
• Calculator Quizzer: The questions appear vertically (in the Robot Calculator they appear horizontally).

But that’s not all! There are other subjects available at this site. Just click on the button of your choice at the top including:

• Alphabet
• Memory
• Vocabulary
• Geography
• Arts

And more!

# Secret agent math game

March 18th, 2019

It’s Monday, March 18, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Villainy, Inc.

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9, with parental supervision)

Use your math skills to save the world from the evil Dr. Wick! (Younger students may find this game motivational and fun, if there is someone nearby to explain how to do the problems.)

When you get to this website you’ll see the evil villain, Dr. Wick. who is plotting to take over the world. You are a secret agent and your assignment is to foil his plan by using your math skills in each of two missions. (Turn on your speakers to hear the villainous conspiracy as it unfolds; captions also appear at the bottom of the screen.)

Before embarking on the interactive missions, you must read the biographies of five secret agents and select two to accompany you. You might have to rely on them for hints from time to time, so choose carefully!

Here are just a few of the things you will practice:

• Figure out what you will need to do in order to solve a problem.
• Use a calculator to multiply and divide large numbers.
• Figure out the area of a rectangle.
• Basic operations of fractions, decimals, and percents (add, subtract, multiply, divide).
• Round to the nearest whole number.
• Find the mean of a few numbers.
• Label a graph, plot points, and interpret the graph.

Fortunately, you can get cryptic hints along the way, and most of the time you can redo each problem as many times as it takes to get the correct answer.

For a complete list of the skills covered, complete text of the script, a vocabulary list, supplementary worksheets, and even a teacher’s manual, see the section for teachers.

And for even more helpful tips you can use at home, see the section for families!

# Tons of Math Games and Puzzles!

March 4th, 2019

It’s Monday, March 4, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Problem Site

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

WARNING! The math games and puzzles on this site are so engrossing, you may want to set a timer to keep you from neglecting other responsibilities!

This site offers educational games, puzzles, and problem solving quests. Some of the most fascinating puzzles and games provide a handy link for bookmarking your place so that you can return later. Use the menu bar at the top of the home page under “Games” to access:

• Math Games – Use simple math facts, fraction reductions, and logic to solve the math puzzles. Younger children will enjoy the “Adders” game, which is a variable-speed, math facts practice game. Most of the games in this section are good for building and cementing fairly basic math and problem solving skills.
• Word Games – Enjoy word scrambles, crossword puzzles with a twist, hangman and more. For a real spelling challenge, play “One of These” — and guess which of the words (in a list of five) is misspelled.
• Daily Games – A selection of math and vocabulary-building problems that change on a daily basis — another good reason to bookmark this site.
• Quizzes – Quite a selection of quizzes on all different types of subjects.

There is so much more on this site. Have fun! And don’t forget to set that timer!

# Free Valentine Language Arts Worksheets

February 13th, 2019

It’s Wednesday, February 13, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Education.com and more

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

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Here are some sites that provide free Language Arts worksheets themed around this sweet day.

You will not believe the massive selection of free Valentine-themed worksheets and printables for grades K-6 that are offered on this Education.com website. Get free crosswords, mazes, word searches, Valentine card templates, matching games, word challenges, coloring pages, and more. (You’ll also find Valentine math worksheets.)

And here are a couple of more sites:

Lanternfish ESL

Get a printable Valentine-themed word scramble, crossword puzzle, word search, rhyme activity, and more.

Enjoy a logical thinking activity and a printable Valentine’s Day Mad Lib to practice parts of speech.

January 30th, 2019

It’s Wednesday, January 30, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

BooksInTheClassroom.com

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades Pre-K – 9, with parental supervision)

Friday, February 1, 2019, is World Read Aloud Day! Developing a love for reading within your children could be as easy as reading aloud to them regularly.

When you read aloud you show your children that YOU feel that reading is an important part of your life. Taking the time to discuss the text or problem solve the character’s current dilemma or even guessing the end to a good book can help to strengthen their ability to concentrate for a period of time, to solve problems logically, and to express themselves clearly. When we continue the practice of reading aloud past the early years to our children we see their vocabulary, language, grammar and writing skills prosper. Children can become aware of other places and other lives through the books we read to them. The benefits are enormous – reading aloud creates life-long readers

We located a wonderful list of recommended titles for reading aloud. It should be noted that even though there is a lot of good information here the purpose of this website is to sell books, though you are not required to purchase any. You can check out these titles at any library and still use them in the ways suggested.

When you get to this ad-supported website, you’ll find an interesting article about reading aloud to students. The article is written to classroom teachers and discusses the beginning of the school year but all of the information contained here is easily adapted to homeschoolers. On the left sidebar you’ll see a list of read-aloud titles categorized by curriculum area and grade. Each title comes with a short synopsis of the book and springboard ideas to other reading selections. One of the things we like best about this list is that the author takes time to help the “instructor” (in this case, we, parents) to understand how and when to progress to more complex books.

Don’t stop on the Read Aloud page though. Bookmark this site and come back often to use the many free resources for teaching children, preschool through middle school, across the curriculum.