Posts Tagged ‘tutorials’

Vedic Mathematics Magic

April 20th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, April 20, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vedic Mathematics Academy

(www.vedicmaths.org/)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 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. When you get to the website, click on New to Vedic Mathematics, then “tutorials”, then Fun With Figures. Try the free sample tutorials that explain ways to find arithmetic solutions for: 

  • Multiplication
  • Subtracting Fractions
  • Finding Square Roots
  • Division
  • and more!

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 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.

Learn French – The Language of Love

March 21st, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, March 21, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ielanguages.com-French

(https://ielanguages.com/french.html)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

French is often referred to as the “Language of Love” and at this ad-supported comprehensive website you will love learning French. Visitors will find over 150 lessons covering topics from the very basic phrase to informal French and slang.

When arriving at the link above, scroll down to the colorful navigation boxes in the center of the page to access lessons including: 

  • Original French Tutorials
  • Informal French & Slang
  • French Listening Resources
  • Flashcards & Exercises
  • French Realia
  • French Phonetics
  • French & Spanish
  • French & Italian
  • French & German
  • For French Teachers
  • Romance Languages Vocabulary
  • Romance Languages Verbs

Most lessons provide instructional material, vocabulary or phrases of study, and audio MP3s of a native French speaker. Some lessons include simple-to-use audio flash card practice and interspersed throughout the lessons there are online multiple choice, matching or fill in the blank quizzes. After certain groups of lessons, there is a “Real French” icon available that provides additional comprehension practice with a listen and read format and the accompanying fill in the blank practice. All lessons are in bite size pieces so students will not be overwhelmed with material.    

If French is not your foreign language of choice, select the Languages Tutorials drop down in the upper tool bar and click on the “More Languages” option to find that this website also offers lessons for other Romance Languages, Germanic Languages, Slavic Languages, and Non-Ino-European Languages. 

We love this website for its straightforward and simple approach to language skills and we are sure you will too.

Free Coding Courses!

March 2nd, 2020

 

It’s Monday, March 2, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Code.org

(studio.code.org/courses)

Age Range: 5 and up (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Learn to code with these free online courses from Code.org.

When you get to the site, choose from the following grade levels: 

  • Grades K-5
  • Grades 6-12
  • Beyond K-12

You can learn to make your own game, app, or computer drawing, build real working apps, games and websites using blocks, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, and more. You can create an account to be able to save your progress, but it is not necessary.


There are also “Hour of Code” tutorials if you don’t have time for a full course.

Math Tutorials, Worksheets, and Resources

January 27th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, January 27, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ThoughtCo. – Math Tutorials

(www.thoughtco.com/math-4133545)

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

 

This ad-supported site has math tutorials, worksheets and resources for all sorts of math topics for all grades.

When you get to the site, you can scroll through the many articles listed or you can choose a topic from the left side bar. The math tutorials include: 

  • Geometry
  • Arithmetic
  • Pre Algebra & Algebra
  • Statistics
  • Exponential Decay
  • Functions

All the articles are written by experts in their field. 

Be sure to check out the Worksheets by Grade and the Resources: some of the articles include Top 5 Apps for Algebra, 7 Steps to Math Success and Great Books for Teaching Counting and Number Recognition. Bookmark this page and refer back to it when you need to get your math questions answered!

Thanksgiving Crafts!

November 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 23, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving Art

(www.dltk-holidays.com/thanksgiving/turkey_crafts.html)

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

 

We thought you might like to get some step-by-step tutorials on how to make fun Thanksgiving arts and crafts with this website from DLTK.

Explore a menu of “Turkey Crafts” that include: 

  • Make an Autumn Leaf Turkey
  • Make a Toilet Paper Roll Turkey
  • Make a Variety of Handprint Turkeys
  • Make a Paper Plate Turkey
  • Make a Turkey Napkin Ring
  • and more.

Click on any item and a new page opens with complete instructions and illustrations. Many of these projects are so simple, they’d make a great activity for your Thanksgiving guests. Simply provide the materials needed and a space for assembly, demonstrate how to do it, and let everyone create their own memorable party favor.

Free Math Video Tutorials

October 21st, 2019

 

It’s Monday, October 21, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Is All About Math

(www.isallaboutmath.com/index.aspx)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up. Age/grade range varies – use parental discretion and supervision)

 

This website provides short instructional math videos that can be used to supplement math studies. The videos consist of a narrated lecture and animations that illustrate the concept being discussed. The videos are enabled for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices for portable, on-the-go learning.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of math videos that include topics such as: 

  • Triangular Numbers (Parts I, II & III) – Elementary explanation of triangular numbers, a general formula for the sum of an arithmetic progression, and a solution to the Recursive equation.
  • Mathematical Induction (Parts I, II, & III) – Explains the Method of Mathematical Induction. Discussion of Francesco Maurolico, Pascal and John Wallis, plus Fermat’s Method of infinite descent, etc.
  • Weaving Numbers – Explanation of Vedic multiplication or weaving multiplication. Includes Fibonacci’s sieve or lattice multiplication, and more.
  • Dimension 2 – Explains how two numbers can describe the position of a point on a sphere, and how one can draw a picture of the Earth on a piece of paper.
  • The Fourth Dimension – Mathematician Ludwig Schläfli discusses objects in the fourth dimension.
  • Complex Numbers – Mathematician Adrien Douady explains the square root of negative numbers in simple terms.
  • Pi – An explanation and illustration of the most famous mathematical constant.

The narrator on some of the videos speaks in a monotone voice with an accent, so we found it necessary to really pay attention to hear and understand the lectures. Fortunately, the animated illustrations help the viewer to maintain focus.

We couldn’t find “about” information on the site, so it’s not clear who is providing the info or why. Currently, there are no advertisements on the site, and all of the videos can be accessed for free, without registration. 

This is a helpful resource for supplementing the study of various math concepts.

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