Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Online Resources for Teaching Math

Math can be a dry subject. For those of us who don't necessarily enjoy Math for its own sake, we need all the help we can get in keeping the review from getting tedious. Here are few of the online resources I've used over the years:

Online Games for Review or Fun
  • Fun 4 the Brain. Even our 3 year old enjoys this site. Many different games for addition through division. 
  • Think Fun. This company has produced some of our favorite logic board games but they have a few games available to play online for free.
  • Starfall. Primarily a phonics and reading site (one of our favorite sites ever!) but they also have a few free math games. There are more math resources for subscribers, but I'm not one so I can't testify to their quality.
  • Math Practice. You can choose the operation and the numbers from 0 to 12. It's timed but a child may prefer this to writing out the answers on a time sheet.
Printable Worksheets and Flashcards
Help with Algebra
  • Algebra Worksheet Generator from Math . com with an option to create an answer sheet with it.
  • Mathway Math Problem Solver. Will solve your Algebra equation (also solves many other types of problems up to and including Calculus and Statistics . You might not want to show the kids this site!
Other Resources
  • Free Online Graph / Grid Paper. You never know when you might need some. (For our handwriting challenged children, we have them use graph paper to keep their numbers and columns neat while solving equations.)
  • Don't forget Donna Young. Her site is amazing and it includes many Math resources as well.
  • Homeschool Math has worksheets, lessons, curriculum planners, videos and links to games.
  • Living Math! is a great site with lists for books that teach math concepts naturally, among other things. Lots of inspiration here!
What are your favorite resources for teaching or enriching Math?
    You can also see my Pinterest board where I collect Math ideas here:
    Follow Karen (Candid Diversions)'s board For Learning - Math on Pinterest.

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Weekend Links - April 19, 2014

    The windows are open, the house is {mostly} clean, and tomorrow is Resurrection Sunday. Life is good.

    And these links are too:

    Spiritual / Inner Life
    Marriage / Parenting
    Friendship / Relationships
    Tough Things
    • Going for Blood by Ed Welch at  CCEF (Christian Counseling and Education Foundation). No, we probably don't want to think about it and yes, you probably know someone who struggles (or struggled in the past) with this.
    • The Porn-Free Family Plan by Tim Challies. This post contains an extensive resource list, and many of the comments are helpful as well. Once again, if you're thinking, I don't know anyone who struggles with this: you're wrong. And if you think, my kids are good kids, it won't happen to them: wrong again. This is a battle and we have to treat it as such. Battles are not won by ignoring them.
    Caught My Eye
    Finally, I've recently had to switch to a partial feed of my blog (those of you who are subscribers have probably already noticed and those of you who just read here at the main page don't need to worry about this change). I very much dislike partial feeds. They annoy me. I've been vocal about it in the past, even to the point of unfollowing some blogs I used to read.

    So, why the change? This post explains why: Are You An Amazon Associate? Are You Violating This Term of Service? from Amy Lynn Andrews.

    So many blogs I read are actually violating this agreement. It seems unlikely that Amazon will take action against all of them. It's a dumb rule. Why then, did I make the change?

    Because I agreed to the Terms of Service when I signed up, even if I didn't understand them at first. I'd like Amazon to change this, but until they do I'll abide by them. If you're a blogger, help spread the word. 

    Well, that's all I have for this week. What caught your eye?
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