Month: October 2011

Rapid Mathematics Fun!

More Mathematics fun for us! Please check out this article by Kyle Taylor:

Kids’ Mathematics – How To Make It Fun 30 Minutes A Day

 

In this article, we are going to give you tips on how to make math fun for your kids. You can take the information and use it to increase your child’s math skills 30 minutes a day. Although most of the games are 30 minutes, you may find yourself doing it for an hour. Kids love to have fun and we’re going to give them what they are looking for.

Rapid Kids’ Mathematics

 

Kids interested in mathematics will love Rapid Math because it requires competition, speed, and accuracy. This game helps students become masters of basic math fundamentals such as multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. Kids of all ages can participate in Rapid Math.

A minimum of four players are needed (one answering questions/one providing flashcards). Each player has one partner which will use math equations on their flash cards to answer math problems. There should be 100 flashcards per team.

The whole deck must be completed before the game ends. For instance, the child must understand and answer an equation no matter how many times it appears in the deck. Every time he or she gives an incorrect answer, the flashcard is placed back in the deck for the remainder of the game.

Why is Rapid Math a great way to teach your kids mathematics?

Parents can use Rapid Math as a game to encourage their child’s to seek knowledge. For instance, adding small prizes such as extra television time, recess, or a fun day at the park would make a child want to learn more to earn the prizes. The psychological and emotional impact of a job well-done keeps kids coming back to earn more.

Rapid Math can be an essential tool to ensure your child remains sharp in all areas of math. Parents can adjust the levels of difficulty from basic math to algebra; start your child’s academic future in the right direction by participating in Rapid Math to make learning fun. Other games are available for Grades K-6, but Rapid Math is the most effective in developing kids’ aptitudes for higher learning skills.

 

By: Kyle Taylor     Article Directory 

Kyle Taylor is the owner of www.tutorhelp.info

So what is your opinion of the Rapid Math game? Have any of you tried it?

I would love to hear from you!

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Math And Educational Toys – Help For Learning Math

Here’s another article I was reading and found interesting. Thought you all might like to read it as well! It stays on our recent theme of making math more fun.

How You Can Help Your Child To Learn Math Toys And Other Educational Toys

 

Counting is an essential part of learning for kids. However it is necessary to make counting for kids interesting so that they like it instead of getting bored. It is an activity that enhances numerical expertise from a very early age. Later on it helps them to tackle complex mathematical problems with ease. There are lots of educational toys meant for children which are designed to hone their different skills. These toys make learning fun and exciting. To help improve counting abilities of children there are math toys which are available in different varieties. Visual and moving elements are incorporated into these toys to make them realistic. Your child will love these toys.

It is imperative that you provide your child a conductive learning environment. Learning requires stimulation and this must be done from a very tender age. Thankfully nowadays you have so many educational toys that can help in the learning process. The beginning part can be difficult for you like choosing the right toy. However you can make this easy by choosing a simple toy and as your child progresses you can bring in complex toys. When you buy math toys for your child keep in mind your child’s interest. Get something which your child would love to play with.

Mathematical learning toys for children should be such that it helps your child become familiar with numbers. Encourage your child to play with the toys and if necessary participate with your child. Gradually as your child progresses bring in toys with maths concepts. Your child will learn basic concepts of arithmetic like addition, sorting, counting etc. When you buy toys always keep in mind your child’s level of ability and the quality of the toy.

There are other learning toys too which help children to understand their daily lessons better. Starting from little toys meant for infants there are different types of toys that cater to children up to their teenage years. Some toys are so challenging that even parents get stumped sometimes. Toys not only entertain kids, but also stimulate their minds. This aids in their development.

If your child has a penchant for music, give him or her toys that play classical music. This will help enhance the imagination of your child. For kindergarten children interactive toys are highly recommended. These help them learn words as well as numbers. There are so many educational toys and each comes with a purpose. Children love toys, so give them toys that make them enjoy as well as learn.

 

By: Thomsen Lucas

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com

So are you ready to go to Toy R Us yet!?!

Perhaps we’ll have a new way to view toys and their purpose now.

Cheers.

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Physical Activity And Math Games

Physical Math Games for Children.

More and more educators are taking a new approach to teaching math, promoting not only computing skills but physical fitness as well!

Introducing physical activity into math games adds fun for the students. They not only reinforce the math they are learning but also get playtime and improve physical well being.

To introduce a game to your math students, write rules for the game using clear language that your students will understand. Written rules can help you remember the game from year to year and also help students remember how to play it. Make sure that your rules tell the students what to do in each step of the game and that they also state the objective of the game. By providing rules you are able to circumvent arguments between students about how the game is played. In addition, students are able to practice reading for information while they read the game’s rules.

If you’re using children’s literature as an inspiration for your game, read the book to the class before introducing the game. This hooks students, introduces them to the concept and generates excitement.

Here’s an idea: Explain the ancient race of horse-drawn chariots. Replicate the Olympic games by giving each student a straw and a cotton ball. Each team member competes by blowing the cotton ball from a starting point to a finish line. Have the students time each other using a stopwatch. Allow individual team winners to compete for the gold. Challenge the students to convert the race times from minutes to seconds or to total each team’s race times for a team prize.

Math is a subject that often requires repeated practice. Because motivating students to practice math problems can be a challenge, using math games in the classroom will help to keep them interested.

Math can get repetitive and monotonous for a typical elementary school student. Keeping your students engaged is critical to their learning.

Change it up. Play some online math games too.

Did you know that Monster Online provides opportunities for students to play free interactive math games through a knowledgebox link. Players can enjoy games such as, “Baseball Geometry,” to freshen up identifying and selecting skills concerning angles. Students can practice addition, multiplication and finding coordinates on a grid, with “Cowboy Math.” Simple addition and subtraction games can be found in “Big Count Bayou” while animal counting games or fraction conversions are found in the “Fraction Cafe.” Other online sources that provide free interactive math games are Sheppard Software, Fun Brain and CoolMath4Kids.

Hope this helps you.

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The Mayan Numbering System

With the coming on 12/12/2012, I thought you might be interested in learning the Mayan numbering system.

They used a base 20 system for counting with dot and line symbols to represent the numbers.

Here’s a video I found on youtube which explains the exact system the Mayans used.

Mayan Numbers Lesson

 

So what do you think? Seems to be very logical, especially since we have 20 fingers and toes, right?

🙂

 

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Math Game Examples

Since we’ve discussed the benefit of using math games for helping the math learning process, I thought it might be a good idea to show you some examples of some good math games that are currently available.

So here is a list of good math games that are excellent for helping to learn math and which are reasonably priced (all under $20.).

 

Think Fun Math Dice
publisher: ThinkFun
ASIN: B0007LYKX0
EAN: 0019275015107
sales rank: 87
price: $2.45 (new)

Introducing the most flexible, competitive math game ever invented! Players use combinations of operations including: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or even powers, to generate equations whose result is closet, or equal to, the Target Number. Features: Three 6-sided dice and two 12-sided dice; cotton drawstring bag and instruction booklet with lessons and examples; web activities for kids, adults and teachers, improves and builds fundamental math skills.

Sum Swamp Addition and Subtraction Game
publisher: Learning Resources
ASIN: B00004TDLD
EAN: 0765023012132
sales rank: 64
price: $11.39 (new)

Math becomes an adventure with this addition and subtraction game that takes kids on a journey through Sum Swamp. They’ll make their way over the crocodile shortcut and through the endless loop by adding and subtracting the numbers on the dice. Includes 12″ x 17″ game board, four swamp critter markers, two number dice and operation die. For 2-4 players.

Learning Resources Money Bags A Coin Value Game
publisher: Learning Resources Inc.
ASIN: B00004TDTQ
EAN: 0765023013719
sales rank: 112
price: $12.90 (new)

Learning valuable money skills is “in the bag” as you collect, count and exchange money all the way to the finish line. This educational game includes a 17″ x 12″ game board with spinner, 100 plastic coins, play bills, markers and a die. For 2-4 players.

 

Qwirkle Board Game
publisher: MindWare, published: 2010-04
ASIN: 1933054395
EAN: 9781933054391
sales rank: 15
price: $17.85 (new), $16.99 (used)

Our tactile wooden block game combines the logic and strategy of Set® with the creative multi-maneuver game play of Scrabble®. Easy-to-learn rules mean you’ll be creating columns and rows of matching colors and shapes in no time! Look for opportunities to score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces and matches both shapes and colors; the player with the most points wins. 108 blocks.

 

Out of the Box Publishing, Inc. 7 ATE 9 – Fast and Fun Number Crunch’n
publisher: Out of the Box
ASIN: B0023NVQ0K
EAN: 0659390078900
sales rank: 3927
price: $5.50 (new)

Out of the Box 7 ATE 9 – Fast and Fun Number Crunch’n

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Players add, or subtract, 1, 2, or 3 to the number on the top card on the pile to determine if they have a card that can be played next. Sounds simple, but with everyone playing simultaneously, the options are constantly changing. The first player out of cards wins.

 

  • 2-4 players.
  • 3 minutes to learn.
  • Plays in less than 5 minutes.
  • Great family or classroom game.
  • Product Measures: 6.0 IN x 5.0 IN x 2.0 IN.
  • Recommended Ages: 8 & Up.

These should all be lots of fun to play and in the process, help you or your child learn math!

Hope this helps!

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Math Games Are A Fun Way To Learn Math

I found  a nice article on EzineArticles that I’d like to share with you. It deals with making the process of learning math fun. Something you should probably be familiar with if you’ve been reading this blog for a while!  🙂

So here it is:

 

Math Games – A Fun Way to Learning Math

Math games are a great way to get students involved in math.  Just like chess, math games get students hooked.  Each time they play, they have more confidence and better strategies.  With the competitive itch, they strive to do better each time they play.

Math games should be specifically designed to work on math skills.  It may work on addition, multiplication or fractions.  Having the skills as part of the game makes it easy to make learning seem fun.  Just like mothers often sneak vegetables into a casserole or pasta dish, teachers can sneak learning into games.

The games should have some elements that make it playable.  The game should have simple rules.  If there are too many rules, kids will lose interest.  Soccer is relatively simply.  You need to kick the ball into the net without using your hands.  In golf you try to hit a ball into a hole in as few strokes as possible.  With Scrabble, you try to make words with the highest point value possible.  The general goal or core rules of the game should be relatively simple.

Once this is established, there should be room for developing strategy.  The game Tic Tac Toe is not played by adults or even most kids as it is too simple.  The game of chess however allows players to make choices that affect the outcome of the game.  If you can’t develop strategy or feel like you are affecting the outcome, you probably won’t continue playing.

There also needs to be an element of chance.  Even though players may have different abilities, each one should feel as though they have a chance to win.  You wouldn’t enter a 100 meter race if you knew the other runner was a great deal faster.  In Scrabble the element of chance comes when players randomly choose letters.  When chance affects the game it evens out the playing field.

Games in the class create hours of solid practice.  Students actually focus on the skills and develop their skills quickly.  Aside from the math skills students learn, they also learn some much needed social skills by working with partners that they can’t get from video games.  Games are the way to reach children and make learning a truly fun and inspiring activity.  The skills they learn will last a lifetime.

Darren Michalczuk is the founder of the Brick School.  He is an experienced classroom teacher who has developed many programs and resources for math, language and music.  The Brick School offers quality educational posters, programs and worksheets online for elementary language arts, math and music.  Materials are designed to promote effective learning strategies in an easy to understand, straight-forward format.  They offer both practical solutions to learning problems and leading edge technology and techniques.  It reaches both struggling students and those who need extra challenges in class.With the latest software and leading edge learning strategies, our materials are paving the way for learning.  User-friendly programs give students instant feedback while they practice important basic skills. Lessons and study guides also include proven learning strategies and memories techniques. Please visit our website. http://brickschool.ca

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Darren_Michalczuk  Math-Games – A Fun Way to Learning Math

Hope you enjoyed the article!

Chess anyone?

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Nonsensical Math!

Sometimes math just cannot be learned!

Though we try our hardest, videos like this will just confuse and confound the most brilliant of mathematicians!

Hope you enjoy this! 😉

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