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Updated on January 6, 2015
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Heidi Reina, M.S., Ed, is an educational technology integrator and former teacher, reviewing free educational websites and apps.

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Interactive Math Help Websites for Kids

Does your child struggle with math or just need help with a few problems? These 12 interactive math websites will help your child learn math concepts and help them with math homework.

Math is the bane of many students. The web offers a broad range of tutorials, videos, games and even homework helpers in basic math skills, geometry, algebra and calculus.

Online math help ranges from elementary school math through middle school and high school math - even college math. There are many more free math websites than I have listed here. They provide detailed explanations, practice, and games on specific topics to help your kids. Check out my LearningReviews.com Math Listing for info and links to more than 350 of them. There, I categorize the math websites by topic, such as fractions, addition, and calculus.

Math Dictionary for Kids
Math Dictionary for Kids

#1 A Maths Dictionary for Kids

Strength: Interactive math dictionary

A Maths Dictionary for Kids is an animated and interactive math glossary. Jenny Eather of Australia has included more than 600 commonly used math terms with well-illustrated examples.

What makes this glossary different is the way kids interact with it. For instance, a student will learn the concept of ascending order by placing a set of numbers in order from smallest to largest. Or learn about prime factors by creating a factor tree.

BBC Maths
BBC Maths

#2 BBC Maths

Strength: Comprehensive study of all K12 math topics

BBC Maths is one of my all-time favorite math sites. It is a comprehensive site encompassing the British school system at all grade levels and subject areas. Below I'll describe the areas pertinent to U.S. school grade-level math.

Keep in mind that British English uses slightly different spelling and wording than American English (Maths vs. Math), but the concepts and skills are the same. There are actually several sites that comprise BBC Maths at different grade levels. So I'll discuss each one below.

KS1 Bitesize Games focuses on early elementary (K-2) numeracy skills. These includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, telling time, money (British currency), number sequences, place value, measurements, shapes and organizing data. The student selects a skill and difficulty level. Then let the games begin! There is also a printable worksheet for each activity.

The second level of BBC Maths is called KS2 Bitesize, which concentrates on skills that elementary age children (K-5) must master. These skills include higher level numeracy skills, fractions, patterns and simple percentages, shapes, data, and measurements and space.

Each skill has three parts. The first is a revision bite that explains a concept, such as how to multiply. The second part is an activity or game that helps the student practice the skill. (Each activity includes code that you can copy and paste into you website or blog, so that your students can use it from your website.) The third part is a short interactive quiz to assess the student's mastery of the skill.

Secondary Maths is targeted at middle and high school students (roughly grades 6-10). The focus is on skills in advanced numeracy, including fractions, decimals and percentages, exponents, geometry, algebra and handling data.

To help students master these skills, there are activities in several sections. KS3 Bitesize (similar to KS2) focuses on middle school math skills. Second, there's a Maths game show for skill practice. Third, is the Learning Zone Broadband, a searchable database of brief video clips that help teachers illustrate some of the math concepts. The last section is GCSE Bitesize. This area centers on high school level math in advanced numeracy skills, algebra, geometry, measurements and data handling.

Finally, Higher Bitesize provides practice for upper high school (grades 10-12) and AP math skills in algebra, geometry, calculus, and trigonometry.

Math TV
Math TV

#3 MathTV.com

Strength: Videos tutorials of math problems

Sometimes there's just no substitute for somebody showing you how to do a math problem. Mr. McKeague and several of his assistants do just that on MathTV.com. This series of videos guides you step-by-step through solving problems in basic math, beginning with fractions and on into more advanced concepts in algebra, trigonometry and calculus.

Each person in the series shows a slightly different way of solving the same problem, to help you better understand it. And there's a Spanish-speaking teacher to show problem solving to students who are not proficient in English.

A video from MathTV.com is also just what a parent needs as a refresher if you're trying to help your kids out. Mr. McKeague has certainly re-taught me a thing or two!

Cool Math 4 Kids
Cool Math 4 Kids

#4 CoolMath4Kids.com and CoolMath.com

Strength: Interactive math games, with advice for parents and teachers

For a fun approach with a different twist, check out Coolmath4kids.com. This site provides instruction, challenges and games for K-5 skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals.

The sister website, CoolMath.com, focuses on higher level math skills typically learned in grades 6-10. There is instruction and practice on prealgebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and money and finance.

On both of these sites, you'll also see tips for parents on how to help your kids with math while avoiding meltdowns. And for teachers, CoolMath Karen, a college math instructor, provides some of her teaching techniques and games that help kids to understand and stay interested in the classroom.

Khan Academy Math
Khan Academy Math

#5 Khan Academy Math

Strength: Videos and skills practice

Khan Academy provides hundreds of videos to illustrate math concepts in basic arithmetic, developmental math, geometry, algebra, calculus, probability, statistics and trigonometry. The site has grown from providing videos to offering practice problems, and even a whole self-paced course in math and a variety of other subjects.

Many of the videos include a link to practice problems. Solve the problems on your own, or request help with the next step in solving a problem when you get stumped. This step-by-step interactive method is invaluable. When you register (for free), the Khan Academy Practice modules lead you through a guided path of instruction based on skills you have already mastered.

Visual Math Learning
Visual Math Learning

#6 Visual Math Learning

Strength: Detailed illustrated tutorials for pre-algebra and algebra

Visual Math Learning is multimedia instruction on math concepts learned in grades 6-10. Wayne Allen Bateman uses written explanations, narrations, and illustration to convey key concepts in math. Instruction focuses on pre-algebra and algebra. There are exercises to help the students practice, as well as puzzles and games.

The lessons in Visual Math are also a useful review for parents trying to help their kids. There are many valuable tools here to help your student understand key math concepts and to hone their skills in them.

Whew! Halfway through the list - Let's take a break... If MathTV isn't helping, perhaps Tom Lehrer can

Illuminations
Illuminations

#7 Illuminations

Strength: Searchable database of math lesson plans, activities and interactives

Illuminations is a teacher-oriented site that provides more than 500 lesson plans for math teachers at all grade levels. The site is hoste by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Homeschool parents can make use of these lessons as well.

There's stuff here for K-12 students too. Illuminations has a searchable database of nearly 100 activities and games students can use to hone their math skills. There are even activities for high-school level math -- a rare find, as most sites provide activities that center on K-8 math skills.

FunBrain Math Arcade
FunBrain Math Arcade

#8 FunBrain.com Math Arcade

Strength: Games for K-8 math skills

FunBrain.com is another game-based math learning site. It offers several games that focus on K-8 math skills, hosted by Pearson Education, Inc.

Two sections of the site contain math games. The first is their classic math games, listed under Number Games here.

The second is the Math Arcade. This is a board game where the child picks a grade level and playing piece, then progresses around the board, playing 25 games. A new password is given to her when she wins a round, so that she can leave the game and return to it later.

Math is Fun
Math is Fun

#9 Math Is Fun

Strength: Illustrations of K-8 math concepts, including algebra

Math Is Fun explores math skills for students in grades K-8, up through algebra. Rod Pierce excels in providing good illustrations of math concepts. You'll see this particularly in the American and metric units of measure and the geometric objects.

There is also an Illustrated Mathematics Dictionary. This reference provides a definition with a problem that illustrates the term. The dictionary includes many interactives students can manipulate to help them understand concepts. Move the legs on an angle and watch as it changes from acute to obtuse to reflex.

Clear illustrations, explanations and interactives all help to make math learning easier here.

Ask Dr. Math
Ask Dr. Math

#10 Ask Dr. Math

Strength: Large database of archived math questions and answers

OK, you've read and listened to all the explanations. But you have a problem that has you stumped. You don't even know where to start. This is when you need to go to Ask Dr. Math. Ask Dr. Math by The Math Forum @ Drexel is the best known of the online math homework helpers.

Browse their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). You can search their archive of past questions, or browse it by grade level or subject area. If none of past answers to questions help, write Dr. Math.

If you need an answer now, you can use their link to Tutor.com to sign up for 50 free minutes of online help. Be aware that Tutor.com is a fee-based resource that charges up to 60 cents per minute.

Before resorting to a fee-based service, though, try the other free services listed below.

MathNerds
MathNerds

#11 MathNerds

Strength: Fast answers to your math questions

Another helpline can be found at MathNerds.com. This is a nonprofit website of more than 500 volunteer mathematicians at the ready to help when you get stumped.

You must register -- for free -- to use the service and to access their FAQ and archive of past problems and answers. They ask that you make a good faith effort to try to solve the problem first. They will not give you the answer. But they will provide you hints and more extensive guidance if you've worked hard at it and are still struggling.

MathNerds advertises that it answer 97% of all questions within 16 hours. They provide assistance in Spanish too. That's quite a lot of help, and all they expect from you is a "Thank You" for their assistance.

S.O.S. Math
S.O.S. Math

#12 S.O.S. Mathematics

Step-by-step problem solving for high school algebra and calculus

S.O.S. Mathematics offers a step-by-step problem-solving guide for high school math students. The focus is on algebra, trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, complex variables and matrix algebra.

There are also several mathematical tables such as multiplication, prime numbers, logarithm and units of conversion. And you can do a quick review of some basic math concepts, such as simplifying fractions, before diving into algebra.

If the explanations do not help, use a lifeline and head over to the S.O.S. Mathematics Cyberboard forum, where assistance is just a question away. The site is hosted by MathMedics, LLC.

Timez Attack Multiplication and Division
Timez Attack Multiplication and Division

Timez Attack Interactive Adventure Games

Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction skills

If you child likes to play adventure games like Super Mario, the free version of Timez Attack could be the perfect multiplication, division, addition and subtraction learning adventure game for him. Kids navigate an underground labyrinth and attack obstacles by answering questions. Big Brainz offers both paid and free versions of their games for home use.

This award-winning educational video game has been praised by parents, teachers and students. Timez Attack has also been featured on NBC and FOX news shows, as an entertaining games that keeps kids focused on the task of learning their times tables. Kids who stay focused spend hours learning and more easily master basic math skills.

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      shatabdi85 3 years ago

      LearningReviews.com is a good informative site.

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      cleansweeping 3 years ago

      This is a great resource for math teachers!!! Wow!

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      LearnKidstoRead 3 years ago

      Great lens thanks for the info. Been trying out math games for my son who is struggling with math. Sue

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      I love the Kahn Academy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great summary for kids interactive math sites! I've been trying to find a site for my kids to learn math and they seemed to enjoy learning games related to math. I found a site called MathBlaster (www.mathblaster.com) which wasn't listed on your list and was wondering what's your thought on this particular site.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Another great resource for those times when you really need help!

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      Good and interesting

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      AssignmentWriti 4 years ago

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      BBc Maths and Math is Fun worked great for me. My nephew can spend hours on them instead of browsing useless gaming sites.

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      I am a maths teacher that finds the information beneficial

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      Thank you very helpful. I just created my new Lens on Math Education

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      HaleySchaeffer LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for the list! This is really a great resource for anyone with little ones who have a phobia of math. I know I did!

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      nuestraherencia 5 years ago

      I love Khan Academy...have used it for a few years with our homeschooled son...it's great! Thanks for the tips on others, I'll be checking those out too. Great job!

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      Keeah 5 years ago

      What a fantastic list! I'm adding you to to the lens roll on my own Math lens. (which now I'm thinking I should edit)

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      great lens

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      this is a very useful lens..thanks for sharing.

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      ara-bella 5 years ago

      thanks for this helpful list of resources. it's important to make kids love math from the beginning!

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      harubel 5 years ago

      josh ! i will take it for my child guideline.

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      truorder 5 years ago

      Great variety of math help. Thanks!

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      joykennel 5 years ago

      What a TERRIFIC source for help!! Passing it on! UROCK!

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      ITCoach LM 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I had great fun reading here ^_^

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      iMANDY 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Excellent lens!! You may like to read through my 'Mathletics' lens. This site is absolutely wonderful also :)

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      TenPoundTenor 5 years ago

      I wish they'd had this stuff when I was a kid.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Internet is a great place for fun homeschooling resources. Thank you for putting together a list of so many great ones! :)

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      Just what my son needs! Many thanks.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Math for kids got to be fun, at least it won't make them feel bored. Those sites listed here are really useful. Thanks!

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      MGuberti 5 years ago

      Wow, I have a math lens as well, but those are really good ideas.

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Khan academy is my favorite. Great lense and resource. Cheers Grace

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      YourFirstTime 5 years ago

      Thanks for putting all these resources in one place!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I recommend the site www.mathplanet.com

      It is an online platform where you can study math all

      for free! Here you'll find exercises (in the courses: pre-algebra,

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      Khaleeka 5 years ago

      I stumbled across one of your lenses and had to laugh...we think a lot alike!

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      jackieb99 5 years ago

      Definitely going to use some of these sites for my students.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I love math. If you are in the search for truth, math never lies. When I was a teacher I was always telling pupils they should respect math. History changes all the time, even mother language is changing, but math is solid as a rock!

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      kathywiehl 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful resource! Thank you!!

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      WayneDave LM 5 years ago

      I always enjoyed maths, still do though I don't get much chance to look at things like this. Thanks for sharing, great lens.

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      misterjake 5 years ago

      Math can be fun if you make it fun. Great lens If you want to do well on your next test or exam please be sure to check out my lens. Thanks.

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      dougtaylor15 5 years ago

      You can easily assist your child in solving complex math problems using #CK-12Math Flexbooks. Learn more http://goo.gl/R6CtK

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I have always thought that boys are more math orientated and girls more language based in the knowledge arena...do you think this is so

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      peppervel 5 years ago

      my boys love math. thanks for you lens. will be useful for them, too.

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      ratetea 5 years ago

      This is a good and thorough collection of educational math sites. Thanks for putting the time into researching this!

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      very usefull

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      bernie74 lm 5 years ago

      I think a basic knowledge of Maths is needed for everyone to get through life. I think any means to help this is worthwhile. I have 3 kids 1 which struggles with Maths but knows the basics and the other 2 are young still but show an interest in Maths

      Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      plz add this link for number sequences

      http://visualcsamples.blogspot.com/2009/09/number-...

      its a cool tutorial

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Math must be conquered by all students in today's world and I am for anything that works for each student. We just have to give each student the edge they need to succeed at math.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      You have some great links for homeschooling materials. Well done.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Online tutoring works only if the work is not being completely done by the tutor. I had to evaluate one site for the college where I teach, and told the tutor I was taking a take home test. The tutor worked the problem. I voted against that service. So, check the service yourself before using it.

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      Great information. I'll be 'rolling it to my Dyscalculia lens.

      I'm not familiar with many of the links you posted, but I'll be checking them out. The one link I do know is the National Library of Math Manipulatives, which actually had me doing the algebra that kicked by butt back in ninth grade.

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      bravome 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info lensmaster.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very good post impressive...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hey thanks for the comprehensive list.

      Another name you could add to the list is maths-school.co.nz, it has mathemagic computer tutor that lets students practice and learn maths in a fun way

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Great lens! Blessed by an Angel and lensrolling to my Homeschool Math- Middle and Senior High lens.

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      YOU and this lens are both now featured on Learning and Teaching Math Headquarters.

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      hwhelp 7 years ago

      Very useful resources. Thanks

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      brightstorm 7 years ago

      also check out http://www.brightstorm.com/d/math, they offer free math videos covering subjects from algebra to calculus.

      thanks for the collection though! =)

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      LuckoftheIrish 7 years ago

      A nice collection of sites. Thanks for sharing.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Very helpful site! Welcome to The Homeschooling Group!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Math is one of my favorite subjects. Thank you for discovering and highlighting so many great resources.

      You and your lens are now featured on Unit Studies: Fun, Active, and Creative Learning .

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