My math curriculum for K-12 and beyond is Khan Academy. This is online program is FREE. My favorite features are that I can easily track where my son is struggling and what he has mastered. His favorite features are being able to review instruction videos over and over as needed and he enjoys being awarded points.
- https://www.khanacademy.org – sign up for FREE math program here
- https://hemetsonshine.wordpress.com/reference-desk/answers-to-questions – Here is where on-call homework help lines are listed.
- http://www.bigbrainz.com/Multiplication.php – We use Timez Attack is for memorizing the multiplication tables. Here is a link to the FREE version. It is worth owning.
- http://quizlet.com/28254780/flashcards – 1st-6th vocabulary. To view illustrations for this list, visit http://excelmath.com/downloads/Glossary%20English%20v8.pdf.
- http://www.mathsisfun.com/definitions/letter-a.html – Illustrated Maths Dictionary
- Check back. I will post 7th-12 grades math formulae and vocabulary here.
- https://www.khanacademy.org/coach-res/reference-for-coaches/curriculum-mappings /a/summer-math-review-6th-grade-through-calculus – maths schedules
- http://www.math-aids.com – FREE worksheets for your child’s portfolio
- http://donnayoung.org/math – FREE worksheets and graph paper
For travel and also in case of power outages, I have Saxon Math. I have it because it is convenient to use as a checklist for skills to be learned and in the order they should be learned. I mostly look up videos and games to cover the concepts rather than read the Saxon math instructions. The following are resources I have used:
- http://corefoundations.wordpress.com/scheds-math-science – This is a menu of math schedules for Saxon math.
- http://donnayoung.org/forms/planners/grade.htm – Saxon Grade Forms
GRAPHS, CHARTS, MAPMAKING
- http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx – Graph making for kids – “Graphs and charts are great because they communicate information visually. For this reason, graphs are often used in newspapers, magazines and businesses around the world.”
A PLETHORA OF FREE MATH RESOURCES
Our local library offers over 2896 math resources of which 219 are videos! I have made do just fine without buying math curriculum. The following are my favorite K-12 math resources available at our library:
- School House Rock Math Songs
- Math for Children series – Schlessinger Media – for grades K-4 – 12 videos
- Test-taking Tips for Children series – Schlessinger Media – for grades 3-6 – 3 videos
- Mighty Math Super Pack – Standard Deviants – Goldhil Educational
- Math for Students series – Schlessinger Media – for grades 4-7 – 12 videos
- Test-taking Tips for Students series – Schlessinger Media – for grades 7-12 – 7 videos
- Bill Nye’s Solving for X series – Disney Educational – for grades 3-12 – 2 videos
- Algebra – Standard Deviants – Home Video Learning – For grades 9-12 – 4 videos
- Your Complete SAT Math Prep Course – Private Tutor – 5 videos
- Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician’s Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks by Arthur Benjamin and Michael Shermer – This is a great book on math tricks for ages 11 to adult. I HAD to buy it!
- Fingermath by Edwin M. Lieberthal and Peter K. Gurau – Chiasmus aka Fingermath is using fingers in a way that is similar to an Abacus. The Abacus is ancient, but still a powerful calculating tool that is well worth learning.
- The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics by Ann Cutler
- Trachtenberg Speed Mathematics Self-taught by Ann Cutler
ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL MATH PRACTICE: LOGIC GAMES
Whenever we are struggling with a math concept we just type ‘the name of the concept’ and the word ‘game’ in a search engine to find something my son can play until he understands.
- http://www.nctm.org/uploadedFiles/Conferences/Annual_Meetings/handouts/Middle-School-Games-Session.pdf – Math Games Grade 4-8th (folder games)
- http://www.math-drills.com/dots.shtml – Dots
- http://www.mathplayground.com/mancala.html – Mancala
- http://www.mathplayground.com/rubikscube.html – Rubik’s Cube
- http://www.learn4good.com/games/board.htm – board games
- http://www.mathplayground.com/battleship.html – Battle Ship
- http://www.squidoo.com/algebragames – Algebra Games – The fun way to learn Algebra
- http://www.brainpop.com/free_stuff – Brain Pop
MATH INSTRUCTION: VIDEOS
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_ZHsk0-eF0 – Donald in Mathmagic Land [c1959] – math history packed in a cute cartoon. Also available at library.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ4qjYOixAg – Schoolhouse Rock math songs
- http://www.crewtonramoneshouseofmath.com – songs for math
- http://www.youtube.com/user/DawnStar86?feature=watch – The Cyberchase Channel. For a list of episodes, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Cyberchase_episodes
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twv-ynv_m9o&feature=related – Use your hands to work out 6×6 to 10×10
- http://www.MasterMath.info – Middle school math that’s aligned with Common Core
- http://www.cited.org/index.aspx?page_id=151 – Learning Mathematics with Virtual Manipulatives (very well research and lots of quality links)
- http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/topic_t_2.html – Virtual manipulatives for Algebra
- http://www.thefreemathtutor.com – This fine site has K-12 math videos
- http://www.freemathhelp.com/algebra-help.html –
- http://www.purplemath.com/modules/index.htm –
- http://learner.org/resources/browse.html?discipline=5&grade=0 – math videos
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K46OCFPjHU – That Tutor Guy
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-voEH-F8qNI&feature=related – Basic Algebra skills
- http://www.youtube.com/user/learningnerd – Learning Nerd Learns Math
- http://www.brightstorm.com/math – Brightstorm instructional videos for high school and college maths
- http://www.coolmath.com/precalculus-review-calculus-intro/index.html – Precalculus
- http://mathworld.wolfram.com/MoebiusStrip.html – Mathematica for Students
ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO ARITHMETIC: VEDIC MATH
- http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-magic-of-vedic-math-gaurav-tekriwal – Gaurav Tekriwal demonstrates Vedic math at TEDYouth 2012. Vedic math sidesteps traditional computations in a manner that provides a shortcut.
- http://www.mathtutordvd.com/public/department155.cfm – videos
- http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Mental-Math-Mathemagicians-Calculation/dp/0307338401 – This book is available at our local library.
ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO ARITHMETIC: ABACUS AND CHIASMUS
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiasmus – math on your fingers, based on abacus
- http://www.abacuslessons.com/why-the-abacus-is-important-for-children.html – Learn Abacus at Abacus Lessons
- http://www.historyforkids.org/crafts/china/abacus.htm – Chinese Abacus Project at History for Kids
- http://www.ehow.com/how_4861020_finger-math-basic-addition-counting.html#page=0 – How to Use Chisanbop for Counting
- http://www.wikihow.com/Count-to-99-on-Your-Fingers – first lesson in Fingermath
- http://www.daveramsey.com/radio/home – Dave Ramsey’s Radio Show
- http://www.crown.org/Media/Radio/MyMoneyLife.aspx – Crown Radio
- http://www.handsonbanking.org/htdocs/en/t – This cute online banking program for teens is a fun and animated math resource that applies to every day life.
- http://www.bizkidz.com – developed by a mom who wanted to teach her children the values she learned by running a small business.
- http://earlyretirementextreme.com/day-3-grocery-shopping.html – Financial peace
- http://www.mymoney.gov – MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government’s website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education.
- http://www.mymoney.gov/category/topic1/knowing-your-consumer-rights.html – Knowing Your Consumer Rights
ARTICLES AND LECTURES ABOUT MATH
- http://ww2.gazette.net/stories/04292010/newmnew164917_32553.php – 29 April 2010 – Study: Algebra 2 crucial to math success in college
- http://www.neaacademy.org/mylivepd.html – check out what National Education Association (NEA) is charging for math instruction!
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI0BN5AWOe8 – Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool? | Idea Channel | PBS
- http://www.computerbasedmath.org/resources/reforming-math-curriculum-with-computers.html – TED Talk – Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math
- http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/no-cellphones-laptops-headphones-or-facebook-they-want-us-to-socialize-and-form-real-relationships-a-920.php- April 19, 2012 – Educator shows how collaboration is key to math and science mastery
- http://mashable.com/2012/10/13/angry-birds-playground-cern – October 13, 2012 – ‘Angry Birds Playground’ Teaches Physics to Kids
- http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/can-america-figure-out-math-43.php – “The problem appears to be worsening and students are unaware of their lack of math understanding. The article reported that students are actually shocked when they are placed into remedial math.”
- http://www.pottersschool.org/h?id=913474#math – “U.S. high school math scores are in the bottom third of developed nations. Homeschoolers don’t improve on this…”
- http://onenewsnow.com//education/2012/09/03/less-math-for-more-college-grads#.UEZXHE9V4r0.facebook – September 3, 2012 – “many high school graduates,… are unprepared for college level mathematics…”
- http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/29/us-science-brain-math-idUSBRE93S0XI20130429 – Your child’s brain on math: Don’t bother? – April 29, 2013
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7odhYT8yzUM – Teaching Math Without Words, A Visual Approach to learning Math from MIND Research Institute – mindresearch – http://www.mindresearch.net – June 30, 2011
- http://www.businessinsider.com/s?q=math – articles about math
- http://discovermagazine.com/2012/mar/09-things-you-didnt-know-about-math – 20 Things You Didn’t Know About… Math
- http://www.npr.org/2012/08/17/159003123/actress-danica-mckellar-helps-girls-get-curves – Girls Get Curves by Danica McKellar
- http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/9501 – October 16, 2012 – Mathematics Motivator to be Honored – “Pamela Clute, executive director of UCR’s ALPHA Center, is one of 11 recipients of state’s “Leading Women in STEM” award.”
- http://www.arborsci.com/cool/physicist-uses-math-to-beat-400-traffic-ticket – Arbor Scientific – Physicist uses Math to beat $400 ticket
- http://www.air.org/focus-area/education/?id=10 – cost of a science education
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“Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe” – Galileo
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“Of all the high school courses, the highest level of mathematics
taken is the most important for college success.
The odds that a student who enters college will complete a bachelor’s degree
more than doubles if that student completed a mathematics course beyond
Algebra II (e.g., trigonometry or pre-calculus) while in high school.”
Clifford Adelman, U.S. Department of Education researcher
This quote is from his book, “Answers in the Tool Box,”
in which Adelman shows his research on over 20 variables. Read more at: http://www.aft.org/newspubs/periodicals/ae/spring2004/rosenbaumsbhigh.cfm
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“We can help the future generations remember and obey God’s mandates by giving them a mathematics education taught from God’s perspective.
Simply having them complete a textbook, containing an occasional scripture or two, is not the answer.
Our teaching must not only instruct them in basic arithmetic, but also enable them to see how mathematics can ‘describe the wonders of God’s creation, reveal the invisible attributes of God, serve to aid man in fulfilling God’s mandate of dominion, and assist God’s people in fulfilling God’s mandate of worldwide evangelism.'”
~ James Nickel, Mathematics: Is God Silent?