Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Teacher Tube Math Videos

Math Videos from NeoK12

Neo K12
Another good site for free math and science videos plus lessons, quizzes, games and puzzles.

Math Videos/Tutorials at Khan Academy

You've probably heard of this by now, but if you haven't, you are in for a treat (and in many cases a relief if you are having trouble explaining/teaching a concept.)

Khan Academy
Free Math, Science, and Humanity Videos.

"With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 315 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace."

Math Charts Galore!

Just stumbled upon this today.....

What kind of math charts can you find here? Maybe it's better to ask what you can't find here.
What you can find is really nice, kid friendly charts either for reference or that explain/illustrate concepts.

The only drawback for me currently is that you have to print them directly to the computer (you can't save the files, so I would have to print them at the internet cafe instead of for free at home) :(

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Charts

Great for student organizers or basic reference, or even as progress charts to track the facts.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Division Math Facts Practice Division Facts
About half-way down the page (or so) there are links to division facts worksheets. They are the basic, dry type we did in school, but super helpful when you just need to get in there and get those facts mastered, in shaa Allah.

You can download it by the table ( divide by 2, divide by  3, etc) and they have an option for "All" so you can download a pack of ten worksheets (with answer keys) for each fact. 

There are also other division worksheets on this page as well.

Division Chart

Division Chart
We're getting ready to start memorizing the division facts (well, the kids that is, yuk, yuk) and I knew that I would most likely burning some midnight oil (or a good chunk of time at least) to cranking out one of these puppies for tomorrow's use, in shaa Allah, so I decided to save myself some trouble and look for one and I found this nifty one. 

I made each of the kids a math facts folder and inside they  have their progress chart, helper charts like these and then a practice area where they can work on math facts worksheets or a little guide sheet that I made up to help structure their independent math facts study time.

Why So Many Elementary Students Aren't Mastering Basic Math Facts

Why So Many Elementary Students Aren't Mastering Basic Math Facts
a two part article that I stumbled across today. 

I believe that students should memorize the basic math facts because I can see from my kids that haven't memorized them, they struggle with more advanced problems often not because they don't understand a concept but because they have to take time out to calculate a basic math fact. 

One point that the article mentions is that in schools, traditionally, ample time is not allowed to practice and master the facts.  Another point brought up in the article was that kids in lower grades are taught topics in the lower grades that they don't really need at younger ages and that this time could be spent mastering basic math facts.   

I thought it was a very good read and reconfirmed many of the things that I felt about math instruction today and was a great reminder, because at home, you can take the time to master these concepts, in shaa Allah, especially if you are an ex-pat abroad or don't live in a state where homeschooling requirements are strict. I have been reflecting a lot lately how as homeschoolers, if you don't have someone breathing down your neck, you can really go at your own pace and most likely, the kids will still end up at the same place (or higher) than they would at school.  I totally notice this with grammar where you get hammered the same concepts over 13 years with very little  new content each year.  Once you master a concept, sure review, but you don't have to spend several more years (I often just hate when we start a new textbook because the kids and I cringe when they start with something that they've already mastered and its just busy work, but you feel guilty for passing it up).

Anyway, good article to check out.  ;)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Teaching Mathematics with Foldables

If you are into Math notebooking, or want to be, Teaching Mathematics with Foldables is an excellent resource to use to get started. It has photographs and instructions for making various types of foldables/shape books and it contains detailed tables with specific activities (define, classify, explain, match, etc) for ver specific math concepts.

If you've been scratching your head as to where to get started, you definitely want to download this resource (free). I knocked out a handful of them yesterday alone for math, science, and even writing.

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - another one of  my favorites for printing math worksheets. You can download these in PDF form.

Softschools Math Worksheets Generator Math Worksheet Generator
Generate free printable math worksheets for addition, subtraction, multiplication and pre algebra.

Dad's Worksheets - PreMade MathWorksheets

Dad's Worksheets
"one  dad, two daughters, 7,429 worksheets and counting"

PreMade MathWorksheets here; also printable flashcards.

If you have never been here before, you will be like a kid in a candy store! (you'll need to be able to print directly to the printer, as they are not PDfs)

Top 12 Tips for Teaching Math Facts

Top 12 Tips for Teaching Math Facts a quick read over at Great, easy to apply tips.

PreAlgebra Resources at

Found a winner today! at

Textbook download - Glencoe (by chapters), answer key, study guides, skills workbooks - so many resources to accompany the book! Also, includes assignment guide from the teacher who created the site.

Similar resources available for Algebra I Glencoe and then some for Algebra II Houghton Mifflin, and a workbook with answer keys for Basic Math.

Glencoe PreAlgebra Interactive Student Notebook

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Glencoe Pre Algebra Syllabus and Grading Sheet

Glencoe Pre Algebra Syllabus and Grading Sheet
This is a sheet that I made up which basically takes the table of contents from the Glencoe PreAlgebra book and allows you to schedule the dates of each text section and also includes space to put a grade for each assignment.

If you are interested in having access to the digital textbook, please leave a comment with your email address (comment will not be published, in shaa Allah).
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