Wednesday, July 20, 2011

6 Tools to Make Math More Enjoyable





M: Math

Math is not my thing. I recognize the importance and I use it daily, but it's not a favorite subject. I've discovered a few favorite math tools that help make teaching math just a little easier and thought they'd be a great "M" to share with you!

  1. Board Games- There are so many math skills involved in playing games. Especially good for early learners, as they can count their moves and dice rolls and never know they're practicing their basic skills. There are also great math games available. One my older kids enjoyed as children is Knock-Out! Great way to make math fun!



  2. Life of Fred- These math books are fairly new to us and we consider them a great find! They are written in story form and yet teach the needed math concepts in a fun and unusual way. Especially well suited for those of us who are more right-brained, but equally loved by many who think more with the left side. They have recently released their elementary level books and I am quite tempted to add them to my "collection". We currently own Fractions through Trigonometry!

  3. Mathletics- We discovered this online math competition through the TOS Crew. It is great fun, as kids can compete against students all over their world while improving their math skills. Check out the review HERE. It's a great resource!



  4. Teaching Textbooks- These were a life saver for me when my oldest daughter was dealing with math anxiety. she would open her Saxon book and cry. I would open her Saxon book and cry. I know many love it, but Saxon made us cry. (Don't judge. GRIN.) When we discovered Teaching Textbooks, there were no more tears. It never became her favorite subject, but it was understandable. The best thing, in my opinion, is the auto grading feature. Love, love, love that!

  5. MathRider- We've reviewed a lot of math drill programs. This is the one my kids asked me to buy when our review period was over. They love racing through the enchanted forests on their horse, they love having quests to complete, and I love that they are able to practice adding through division all in one program. Check out my review HERE.

  6. Cooking- Another great informal math practice. "Why do I need to learn fractions? Who cares how many ounces are in a cup?" This is when these things become life lessons. When they are important, they are remembered. I used to worry about my kitchen getting messy. Okay, I still struggle with that. But the benefits of allowing your kids to use the kitchen far outweigh the mess.

    What's your favorite math resource?










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