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Free Math Online for Busy Homeschool Moms
Finding free math online is great whether you are homeschooling or just looking for a way to give your child some practice in a math concept that he does not understand. From online math games, to curriculum and printables you can probably find everything you need for a complete math program for nearly any grade level.
When choosing the program or programs that you will be using try to keep in mind your child's learning style. Some children will do very well with math games online while others need the traditional pencil and paper approach. Always start out a little below where you child is academically to allow him to build confidence and excel in the program. If your child is struggling with double digit subtraction, for example, begin with single digit subtraction that you know he can do well.
Always build your program from the ground up, starting with the basics and working toward the more complex problems. Move through the material as quickly or as slowly as your child needs to, always making sure he understands a concept before moving on to the next one.
Online math is a helpful tutor and it's usually so much fun that it keeps your child entertained while he is learning.
Free Online Math Games
Funbrain has twenty math games the teach and review a variety of skills. The games cover all of the following and more:
- Writing numbers
- Finding points on a graph
- Place value
These games require a flash player. There is an area where you can download games as well. You can browse the games by subject or age, which is helpful since there are many games on the site. There is also an area for parents, as well as for teachers, with helpful hints, articles and other information.
Cool Math is another large site with many free online math games and helps. It covers everything from preschool to pre-calculus and is user friendly. There are areas for parents and teachers, as well as helpful articles like, Conquering Anxiety. It has not only games but pages with reference material, online glossary, and practice problems. Cool Math has more advanced math helps than many sites. It has areas for algebra I and II, as well as geometry, trig, and calculus.
Gamequarium has games as well as videos to help your child learn math concepts. There are twenty one math categories with several games in each. The games will take you off site to other websites. The videos are short cartoons that illustrate key points. They are helpful but will not make up a complete lesson. Each is less than two minutes long.
Math Play makes math fun for all grades and includes Algebra I and II, as well as Geometry. You can find what you need easily and quickly because the site is very user friendly. Games are organized according to grade level, content, and game type.
Math Playground has some of the best math games available for free. The graphics are better than average and the games are interesting.
- Basic math operations
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Hard Math for Elementary School has all five star reviews. It helps you take Math concepts and make them something your child can identify with. Very helpful resource!
Online Math Textbooks and Practice
These sites are basically information and practice without games or fancy cartoons. This is more textbook style mathematics. It can be very helpful when your child is having a hard time understanding a concept.
AAAknow is separated by grade level. It is very helpful because the site allows unlimited practice problems. Grade levels go through the eighth grade and concepts range from counting to algebra.
Math.com has pages of math followed by unit tests to see if your child has mastered the concepts. This site is almost a free online text. It has several types of calculators, formulas, tables, and references and currently has lessons through algebra with plans for trig and calculus in the future. There are also several excellent strategy games to build reasoning skills but these are not the type of online games most children are used to playing. Don't expect cute airplanes and fluffy clouds!
Georgia Institute of Technology maintains this site with numerous advanced math texts online. There are approximately seventy texts which include Euclid. A fantastic resource!
My Test Book
My Test Book is a free site but you must register to access it. It allows your child to get test practice.
Online Printables & Worksheet Generators
These sites allow you to print worksheets that you have either created or are all ready created for you. Great when your child needs a little extra practice.
Worksheets can be boring if not used carefully. Keep in mind that kids learn better when they are interested and entertained and try to find worksheets that are interesting, have fun images, or have a unique way of presenting the material. Don't use them too often but as an addition to other work.
- Online Worksheet Generator has elementary math from addition to division.
- Syvum has worksheets for grades through seventh.
- Homeschool Math has printable worksheets up through factoring.
- Superkids allows you to create worksheets for elementary school.
- School Express allows you to create your own worksheets as well as print awards.
- Aplus Math has worksheets online as well as printables.
- Math Fact Café has worksheets as well as flashcards.
- Soft Schools has worksheets though high school.
Enrich Your Curriculum
By using these helps you can create your own math curriculum for very little cost or you can enrich the one that you have. Teaching children math can be made difficult if your own attitude toward math is negative. When you get excited about mathematics then your child will too.
Young children do not learn best by memorization they learn best by doing. Keep your lessons short and allow most of the learning to come from life skills and hands on activities. Make cookies and measure the flour, count the chocolate chips, or double the recipe to learn to add fractions. Real life skills stay with your child and help him retain the information that he has learned.
Math Teaching Tips for Homeschooling Moms
Teaching math is something that many homeschool moms hate and/or fear. Here are some tips to keep it more fun, easier, and more productive for you and your child.
It Has to Make Sense
Math has a lot of concepts that can be hard for younger kids to "get". Make sure that it makes sense to them by using real life examples, hands on activities, and making sure he understands why something works the way it does. Test his knowledge by having him teach you the concept.
Create Goals and Keep Them
At the beginning of the year create math goals for the year. These give you a road map to follow and a way to ensure that you are on track. They don't have to be complicated or in depth but they do need to be specific.
- Increase speed in multiplication
- Understand long and short division
- Find area and perimeter
Goals like these are easy to evaluate as time goes on.
The beauty of homeschooling is that children can work at their own pace. If your child is having difficulty with a concept stay with it in a relaxed way until he understands it. Keep in mind that even if it takes months and you feel you are far behind it's important for him to have a good foundation to build on later. Besides, he may take six months to understand long division and then whip through fractions in a week. Be flexible!