You have tried every math program on the planet and your child is still not getting it. Okay, maybe not every program, but it sure feels like it. What can you do to help your child learn everything he needs to know about math?
You can start at the Typical Course Of Study put out by World Book and see what your child should know (or needs to learn). Then you can set out to find an alternative way for your child to learn those things. You can use any or all of the following resources to help your child to meet these math goals.
1) File Folder Games
There are some good examples of math file folder games over at File Folder Fun. Pretty much anything can be made into a file folder game.
2) Learning Centers and Tubs
Learning Centers are not just for classrooms, you can easily adapt them to work in a homeschool setting too. The math tubs over at Hubbard’s Cupboard are my favorite example, but please remember that even older kids will love these types of activities if you tailor them to their skill level.
4) Homemade Learning Games
The best kind of games are ones you make with your child specifically for them. Have a look at the amazing Games For Learning site by the Game Lady.
There are many different CD’s available to help your child learn their math facts. When I did a quick search on Amazon, there were at least 7 different ones available for Multiplication alone.
6) Store Bought Games
Many a memory can be made and skills can be learned too by playing these games as opposed to fighting about why you each despise math so much.
- Rummy and RummiKube
- Phase 10
- Skip Bo
- Head Full of Numbers Math
- You can find more ideas on how to adapt other games you may have in you house to incorporate math.
7) iPad apps
There are numerous different ways that you can use your iPad to make math more interesting. There are apps for just about everything.
- white board to work out problems
- books about math
- and much more
8) Homemade Manipulatives
Just about anything can be re-purposed and used as a math manipulative.
- teddy bears
- bingo chips
- bread tags
- bottle caps
- and whatever else you and your kids can think of
9) Math Manipulatives Online
If you don’t have time to make manipulatives or you lack the space to store them, then the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives maybe just what you need.
10) Living Math Books
11) Online Games
Here are just a few of the websites available online where your kids can play games to learn their math skills.
I hope that I have helped you in your quest to seek out math alternatives for your child or children that could benefit from a different approach.
What are your favorite math resources?
When Honey is not searching out math materials for her five children, she can be found blogging over at Sunflower Schoolhouse.
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