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Free Math Apps for Kids

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While I do not advocate plopping your daughter/ son in front of a computer or giving them a portable electronic device that has a math app on it and calling that teaching math, I do think technology can reach students. Sometimes you have taught multiplication facts with multi-sensory activities, games, and explained it in as many ways as you can possibly imagine and it still isn’t sticking. A math app can provide reinforcement and added practice to help a child with concepts. I have chosen a couple of websites that you can go to to read about various FREE apps for your student.

10 Free Math Apps for Students Here are ten apps that are recommended by teachers.

iGameMom gives her list and descriptions of her ten favorite math apps.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

 

 

Fun Math Activities and Games

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Mathematical concepts can be difficult at times. You may be at the point where you are wondering how you can teach the concept one-more-time. Hands-on activities are helpful for helping children make the transition from concrete to abstract thinking. Here are some ideas that you can use.

Graphing– Have your daughter or son write down a list of ideas (s)he can poll others about their likes or dislikes. Afterward, have your student graph the results. For instance, ask a question such as, “Would you rather have chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry ice cream?” You can even create an online survey to send to out of town friends and family. An added bonus is your student is using other skills that are incorporated into this activity- language arts- writing questions, sharing the results; technology, and art- creating and coloring the graph. Two easy to use FREE survey generators are:

  • Survey Monkey
  • Google Forms

Not everyone wants their child to use the computer for math drills so I am going to list some games you can play with things around your home.  I will have online games for you in the near future.

Get to 101 

  • You will need one dice
  • a pencil for each player
  • a piece of paper for each player

The goal is to roll the dice and add the numbers. The first person to get to 101 wins. Each person takes a turn rolling the die, strategizing to count the number at face value or multiply it by 10. For example, if you roll a six, you can keep that number or turn it into 60. Keep a tally of each round until one person reaches 101. This can be adapted by setting the number lower should you have a young student.

One Meter Dash (Metrics) You and your pupil look around the house for four items you think add up to one meter long. Measure and record how close your estimations were. The person closest to a meter wins.

Jumping Beans Do you have a wiggly child who needs to move? Try this game. Using flashcards, show your child the card and you give an answer. If it is correct, they have to sit down. If you give them an incorrect answer, they remain standing. For example, 3 + 3 and you say 9. Since that is correct, they will have to sit down. If you show the flashcard 5 + 5 and say the answer is 11, then they will need to stand.

Tic -Tac- Toe Create several game boards to play this version of Tic-Tac-Toe.   Instead of a blank 3X3 grid, write in math problems. If your student can correctly answer the problem that is in the grid they get to mark that space. The first person to get 3 in a row wins. If no one wins that game, we say our cat (Oreo) wins. Tally the number of wins for each person or animal. 🙂  Who won?

Math Bingo I thought I came up with a fairly original idea, but not so! This website is amazing since it is a print and go for different math skills. CLICK HERE 

If you have a favorite math game that you play with your family, please share!

Have a great week of teaching and learning! ~Lisa~

 Some of the math game ideas are from http://www.prodigy.com.

Snow Days When Homeschooling

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It’s hard to say you can’t get the kids to school due to bad weather if you homeschool. But, you can still have fun in the snow and make it educational too!

Math- Have everyone make an estimated guess as to how much snow you received. Go out and measure the snow. Give a sticker to the persona who came the closest to their estimation.

Science- A short animated video about snow and snowflakes will not only provide good information but also some great discussion. Did you know the largest snowflake ever recorded was oner 12 inches long? Dr. Binocs

Art- Make snowflakes to decorate the house. I have to tell you that I looked online for simple snowflake designs and my idea of “simple” and others is completely different. I just snip some designs out of the paper and hope for the best. I actually decided to try to make a snowflake to show you, but it only looked like a half of one, so make sure you experiment before having your daughter or son do it, otherwise you will have some mighty disappointed kiddos!

Physical Education– Of course, you and your child should go out in the snow. You can shovel the driveway, pack snowballs, make a snowman (if you get enough snow), make snow angels, or take a walk and observe how the plants look different when snow-covered.

Health- Discuss what you need to wear outside in cold weather. Talk about frostnip and frostbite and the signs so they are not caught unaware.  It’s hard to want to come in from the cold when the little ones are having fun, but it is important to do so to avoid having something serious happen to their skin. Mayo Clinic 

Make Snow Ice Cream     

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 cups clean snow or shaved ice (more or less depending on the density of the snow)
  • optional (but strongly suggested) topping: sprinkles!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, whisk milk, sugar, vanilla and salt together until combined. Go scoop up some fresh (clean!) snow, and immediately stir it into the milk mixture until you reach your desired consistency.  (The ice cream should be fluffy, not runny.  But it melts quickly, so dive in quickly.)
  2. Top with sprinkles or other ice cream toppings if desired, and enjoy!
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Read books about winter and snow.

Have fun this winter.   ~ Lisa ~

Parts of Speech: Prepositions

The idea of prepositions can be tricky for children. The definition of a preposition is a word or phrase that connects a noun or pronoun to a verb or adjective in a sentence. An example of a preposition is the word “with” in the following; “I’m going with her.”(source: https://www.yourdictionary.com › preposition)

My young granddaughter is learning about prepositions right now and I was trying to think of a fun way for her to remember the easier ones that show direction. Since it is fall I thought of a squirrel and a tree. What can a squirrel do in relation to a tree?

She can sit in the tree.                                      He can stand beside the tree.

He can be near the tree.                                   She can run to the tree.

She can climb on the tree.                               He can run from the tree.

He ran between the branches.                        She can sit on the branch.

We learn best by involving as many senses as we can so I found a squirrel on wikiclipart.com and a leaf template and created a tree to allow her to move the squirrel around to demonstrate the prepositions. This is just to give you an idea of what I did. I would add to the tree as she learns more prepositions.

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Do you have children who enjoy learning things by song? The Preposition Song

Here is a list of prepositions for you to use as a reference for your own activity.

 

List of Prepositions in English Grammar

 

 

Vooks

I just visited the website, Vooks, and I can see this being a great addition to your homeschool.  It is a collection of animated storybooks from publishers, authors, and illustrators around the world. The animated children’s books are well done and have illustrations that are true to the stories. The book is read aloud with the words being displayed while it is being read aloud. It is kid-friendly, ad-free and age-appropriate and is for children 6 months to 8 years old.

One really great thing is that it is FREE to teachers and homeschoolers for 1 year. You can preview some of the stories to see if you want to subscribe. It could take up to 3 business days to process your request. Check it out 🙂 VOOKS

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Have a great week! ~Lisa ~