As the school year starts to wind down, I’m longing for summer even though the school year is in full force and quite hectic this time of year. Every summer, I bribe my kids to do some math review so I’m also starting to think about what workbooks to buy. Some moms I know manage to do math review in a fun, gaming kind of way. It makes me think that summer math can and should be fun.
Since this is not my forte, I’m thrilled to introduce Karla Valenti of Tot Thoughts, who created a list of 25 fun and free math skills games to play with kids.
Are you thinking of doing summer math with your kids? What resources and games will you using? Please share. I could use the help!
25 Fun and Easy Math Skills Games
So, your child struggles with math?
They pay attention, they work hard, they do their homework and yet… those tricky math concepts simply refuse to sink in.
You bring in tutors, you practice flash cards, you spend hours going over worksheets, drilling your child in the car or at the breakfast table.
You tell yourself that if your kid just keeps at it, one day, it’ll “click.” But deep down, you’re worried that they’re falling further and further behind. Your child’s teacher is worried too.
And your child is starting to think they’re not smart. Worse, you’re starting to wonder if that might not be true. Read more…
What is Pi?
Today is Pi day!
3.14. March 14th. 3/14.
Yes, a math joke!
I wanted to celebrate Pi day by showing the relationship of math to the world around us including circles, pyramids and great works of art!
p.s. I have a post on the math of spirals if you want more math in nature.
Pi is a name given to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. That means, for any circle, you can divide the circumference (the distance around the circle) by the diameter and always get exactly the same number. It doesn’t matter how big or small the circle is, Pi remains the same. Pi is often written using the symbol and is pronounced “pie”, just like the dessert. from Math.com
Another way to think of Pi. You can measure Pi by constructing a physical wheel and rolling it out. Read more…
2nd Grade Math Facts: Addition and Subtraction
I thought my son was pretty good at his addition and subtraction math facts. We had used math fact triangles as part of his math homework, and he plays math apps (when forced between no screen time and math app screen time). We worked on math all summer with Rising 2nd Grade Daily Math Problems assigned by his school.
His teacher was excited to introduce a free program called XtraMath. It tracks what problems your child gets correct and serves up the facts you need to work on. You need to get the facts correct within 3 seconds per problem to pass. It turns out that he had more to learn in order to get his math facts 100% correct within 3 seconds per problem. We never limited the time before and that made a huge difference. Read more…
Best Science and Math (STEM) Toys
Science oriented kids need two things: to ask questions and to find answers. These toys let kids do both in the guise of games or experiments. Science in school is often too memorization-oriented and I think letting kids get their hands dirty is crucial to making science interesting, particularly for girls. Read more…
Fraction Games for Kids
Please welcome my guest author, Nerd Math Mom Fun! I met her on Twitter and I’m thrilled that she is writing on fractions. I have to confess that I made my son (2nd grade) play math apps yesterday while we were waiting at the soccer field because he had too much screen time playing games yet we had a hour to kill while his sister warmed up before her game. Read more…
Music Videos Teach Middle School Science, Math and Grammar
The idea of using rock and roll to teach science appeals to me. I’m not sure how it would go over for Middle School. Will songs about math make math fun? Is it a way to so that math is fun? It seems like it would be a fun way to learn Newton’s laws of physics. And, if a band came to school to perform, wouldn’t that be a nice change of pace? Read more…
Subtraction Math Facts Practice Made FUN!
Now that I’ve attended two school curriculum nights, it’s clear that the teachers want us to practice math facts at home. I am noticing that all three of my kids have the most difficulty with subtraction. Addition is intuitively more obvious and multiplication is really just more addition. My kids less confused by the idea of division, at least until they hit long division. Division is regrouping and can be reverse engineered through multiplication. Read more…
Rising 2nd Grade Summer Math Review
Congratulations! You are in the final stretch of departing 1st grade summer math review (a.k.a. rising second grade math). This is the last week! What did your child enjoy the most: the problems, the web sites, the books or the board games? Please share what worked or didn’t work for you. Thanks! Read more…