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  • 10 Math Game Websites For Review I love to think of different ways to make learning stick. One method is to use math game websites with bright, colourful activities and challenges. Here’s some of the sites we like to use when reviewing or practicing our math skills. 1. Coolmath.com – A long-time site that’s very well-known, CoolMath is actually a huge series of connected websites that focus on various areas of math, learning, and other subjects. The main page targets the older student (fractions and up), and coolmath4kids.com targets the beginner to fractions age. These sites have lessons and activities to help explain concepts. Another whole website is filled with just ... Read more
  • QUICKCHECK Math In August 2010, I went to a local homeschool book sale and had the chance to connect with a company called QuickCheck math that offers a hands-on creative fun way to reinforce math skills. This product is made by Kinesis Education (Brault & Bouthillier). Their sets are for Grades K through 3. They sent me out a set to see how we liked it. How it works:  When you order a grade, you get a set of 5 coil-bound books and a plastic case with 6 tiles. There are 5 books in the series, one to cover each of the 5 areas in ... Read more
  • Homeschool Math Advice Math. Whether the word fills you with excitement or dread, we all teach it in our homeschools. This month, the Canadian Homeschool Blogging Team shares their experiences and advice surrounding math.   Kimberly – Delay Formal Math? Are you unsure about how to handle math with your child? Does paper and pencil math move them (and you) to tears? When does your child need to begin formal math instruction? Kindergarten/Primary? Grade 1? Or can they begin even later? You might be surprised to learn that in our homeschool, formal math instruction began around Grade 4 age. Annette – Practical Math My son and I have ... Read more
  • Number Words – A Printable Quick-Reference Sheet Number Words Cheat SheetLearning the concept of numbers being written as words can be a little complex for a young mathematician. Being able to connect number words to numerals to values can be hard. My mom drew a sheet like this for my Grade 1 son when he was struggling and it made a huge difference in him being able to recognize and understand which numbers belong to which words. We kept it tucked into his math workbook to reference when needed. Simple, but effective, this handy little reference sheet helps kids to see how words and numbers are connected. Pop it into a page ... Read more
  • Right Start Math Review I will be the first to admit it – I hated math in school. Hated it. Dreaded it. It gave me anxiety. So when we decided to homeschool this was the one big area I was not confident in. Math is a part of our everyday world and I didn’t want my kids to dread it like I had. Then I had my oldest. A sweet little man with a love of math and science. At three and a half he had taught himself addition and subtraction and was begging for more. Oh, but he couldn’t yet hold a pencil properly.  ... Read more
  • How we use Math-U-See with Life of Fred This is a guest post from Leanne Seel of frenglishlearning.com. It contains affiliate links. This is our 7th year using  Math-U-See in our homeschool. I like its mastery approach. My kids learn one concept completely before moving on to the next. The program is manipulative-based – the idea is that the students build the concept with the blocks, write it in the worksheets, and say it by repeating it back to the teacher. How we use Math-U-See The funny thing is that even though Math-U-See is really big on manipulatives, both of my kids absolutely refuse to use them. They prefer to work ... Read more
  • All About Fractions Reference Pack Fractions can be tricky, so I’ve made this Reference Pack to help make things as clear as possible. It includes: What are fractions? Adding fractions with common and different denominators Subtracting fractions Multiplying and dividing fractions Mixed numbers Whole numbers as fractions Fraction Bars and Circles To get a copy of this resource, subscribe to my email list below. Once you confirm your subscription, you will get an email with information on how to access the printables library. This is where you will find the fractions pack (and many other resources). Read more
  • Teach your Kids About …. Canadian Money Teach Your Kids About Canadian MoneyLooking for some resources and materials to help teach your kids about Canadian money? Here’s a compilation of worksheets and tools for you to use. Money Manipulatives Printable Paper Coins – from Outta the Lines Teaching. Pennies to Toonies. Can be laminated for long term use, or cut and pasted as wanted. Learning Resources Canadian Currency-X-Change Activity Set – Play coins and bills of Canadian money. (Amazon. Approx. $20.) Workbooks Canadian Money Activity Book – from Chalkboard Press. For Grades 1 – 4, worksheets and exercises Worksheets Canadian Money Worksheets – from DTLK. Printable sheets that show examples and explanations of ... Read more
  • Math-U-See Canada: A Review Last year I began to notice that my son (now 7) was quite behind where he should have been, had he been in public school. Now, sometimes being behind isn’t that big of a deal, as homeschoolers, because the whole point is to go at the child’s pace. However, he was 2 years behind his peers. Math was always a time of frustration and tears and loathing (towards math). No matter what we did he just could not get basic concepts, like place value. I’m not one that needs my kids to love math. But I don’t want it to be such a negative thing ... Read more
  • JUMP Math Jump Math is a unique math program that is run as a charity instead of as a for-profit business. The creator of the series is Canadian John Mighton – who not only holds a Ph.D in Mathematics from U of T, but also is well-known as a playwright and author. Fully believing that every child can succeed with mathematics, he set out to design a program to teach kids in a way that builds on their confidence,  one step at a time! Enter JUMP math – a series of workbooks for Grades 1 to 8. The goals of the Jump Math program are to ... Read more
  • Unlock Math Second generation Canadian homeschoolers with a passion for math, Alesia and Matthew Blackwood have been working hard to create an effective and easy-to-use math program for older students: Unlock Math.   Available right now are Pre-Algebra, along with Algebra 1 & 2. More programs are in the works: Geometry, pre-calculus, and calculus are coming soon. Completely presented online using videos and interactive practice activities, the daily lessons are easy to follow and complete. The FAQs sections says that an average lesson takes about 30 minutes to finish. Alesia is a certified math teacher whose love of math shines through in her videos as ... Read more
  • Prodigy – A Math RPG Game Where Math Meets Fantasy. Prodigy Game is an educational math RPG program that combines the fun of a Role Playing Game with the challenges of mastering math skills. The basic structure of the game is that you get to battle monsters using magic. In order to successfully hit your opponent, you need to answer a math question correctly. In fall of 2012, our family got the chance to test out the early edition of the game – an off-line, downloaded version that basically only had you, your bedroom to recover, an area to battle other computer characters, and a few zones where you could battle ... Read more
  • MathSmart Parent Guides MathSmart GuidesIf your child needs some extra practice or more lessons on a math subject, and you need some tools to help teach them, check out the MathSmart Guide series from Popular Book Company. Each grade level consists of two books – one for parents and one for the student. The student book is similar to the MathSmart books – colourful work pages with math exercises and practice on the pages inside, however much smaller. Each short chapter focuses on one idea, such as: fractions, money, measurement, 2D shapes, etc. In among the practice questions are little boxes with examples and information to ... Read more
  • Prismland – Geometry Plush Toys PrismLand - 3D Shapes StuffiesIntroducing Prismland – 3D shapes you can hug. Geometry has never been so cute and cuddly. Meet Cubert, Spherrison, Rhonda, Pyri, and Hexter. Created and designed by two recent university grads, and funded by a popular Kickstart campaign, these characters introduce the idea of three-dimensional shapes to young children in a fun, hands-on way. These characters are made of soft, white fabric with quality stitching along the edges to define the shapes. I will say that they have survived some rather… aggressive play from my older sons, which means that they have been well-built! Stored in a convenient canvas bag, the Prismpals also come ... Read more
  • Emerging Entrepreneur The Emerging Entrepreneur CourseRunning a business – especially the financial side – offers a lot of  hands-on, life skill opportunities for students of all ages. Learning the foundations to be successful is important. That’s why I recommend The Emerging Entrepreneur by Leanne Seel, CPA. Leanne is a Canadian, homeschooling mom as well as a certified accountant with a passion for teaching others about money sense. Designed for middle school to high school, this course walks students through the world of business in a very thorough but not too overwhelming set of lessons. There are three distinct books for this program – a main text, and two workbooks – ... Read more
  • Days & Months {Printable} If understanding the order of the days of the week or the months of the year is challenging for your kids, or if you wanted an easy way to teach the idea of the date – here’s a simple printable for you. This printable includes: A list of the days of the week, along with a “Today is….” prompt. A list of the calendar months with small graphic relevant to that month’s events. I tried to make sure they were Canadian too – like the Canada flag for July, and the poppy for November. An extra page of birthday cards you can add to ... Read more
  • Khan Academy Sal Khan - the founder of Khan AcademyYou can learn anything. For free. That’s the premise behind Khan Academy – a free learning platform that originally started as tutoring videos intended for Sal Khan’s cousin in math and has grown to a global enterprise to bring learning to anyone who wants to learn. Since the beginning, homeschoolers all excitedly got behind this project because it allowed their kids to learn math from another voice, in a visual and audio manner. These days, Khan Academy offers video instruction in math from the very beginning (1+1=?) to complex calculus equations. Each lesson includes a video explanations and practice questions which you repeat ... Read more
  • BC Math: Homework Depot Trigonometry. Quadratic Equations. Radicals. Oh my. Once you get to math in the higher elementary and high school ranges, it can get complex and sometimes even challenging to teach and understand. Having a way to visually show and explain concepts is very helpful. BC Math is a website for students (and teachers) in Grades 8 through 12, offering PowerPoint tutorials for a large selection of subjects that allow for easy, repeatable learning opportunities. In addition to the lessons, there are also optional assignments / worksheets for many of the topics, and even a few test quizzes. (However there are no answers provided that I’ve found.) Subjects ... Read more
  • Learning Advantage While I am not a homeschooling Mom for real, I play one on vacations and PA Days. Whether you are a homeschooling Mom or one that likes to supplement the kids learning you will appreciate the Learning Advantage and Summer Advantage books. These books came recommended at our kids school so I thought I would look into it. I ended up purchasing these books myself (and then later receiving as a receiving the next years books for review). When I received my books, not only was I impressed with the quality of the books, but they came so fast. Also when I ... Read more
  • 10 Educational Board Games Trying to make learning more fun and hands-on? Why not play a board game? Here are 10+ great games to help your kids learning without them really even knowing it. 1. Scrabble or Bananagrams This classic board game focuses on spelling and words. Using the letters you have available, you create words in a crossword style – building off the words that both you and your opponent have been building on the board already. This is a great vocabulary builder. The classic edition is designed for ages 8+, but you can also get a Junior version which is suited for 5+, using a ... Read more
  • Chalkboard Publishing – Canadian Curriculum Grade Books If you are looking for Canadian based comprehensive curriculum books, check out this new series from Chalkboard Publishing – Canadian Curriculum Success. Covering the topics of Math, Language Skills, Reading Comprehension, Science, Social Studies, Art, and Cursive Writing, (depending on the level) these books are a great place to start and expand learning for each grade. Looking through the Grade 5 book: The Mathematics program is divided up into short half-page daily questions for 30 weeks, followed by tests in multiplication and division. Mondays are Patterning & Algebra, Tuesdays are Number Sense, Wednesday are Geometry, Thursdays are Measurement, and Fridays are Data Management. Grammar ... Read more
  • DK Find Out! Kids are naturally curious learners and given the opportunity, will absorb information when it appeals to them. Here’s a great way to encourage both intentional and incidental learning. New from DK is a creative new website called DK Find Out, designed to help kids learn neat facts and information such as volcanoes, animals, space, math, and much more. Using their distinctive style of vibrant, beautiful artwork and photography combined with short but very detailed text, the site is as appealing to the eye as it is to a curious young mind. After poking around the site and spending some time on it with ... Read more