10 Ways to a Better Math Program

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10 Ways to a better math programsource: Dicemanic

Math is the least liked subject in most homeschools (writing is second). Often, both parents and children dread the daily math period.  And yet, a strong math program is important for a well rounded education.

With this in mind, anything that makes math time a little more enjoyable should be vigorously adopted.  Here are a couple of ideas to lighten up this difficult subject.

1.  Play some computer games to supplement practise times when possible. Online games for all ages  are available at FunBrain.

If your are going to purchase a game, make sure you get one with a high educational value, by reading several reviews first.

2. Read fun books like Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School and The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat. These may be available at your library.

3.  Do math puzzles.  Amazing Math Puzzles by Adam Hart-Davis is an especially good book. Online math puzzles for all ages are available at Figure This.

4.  Make sure you use an enjoyable textbook.  Look on Amazon for reviews before buying.

5.  There are some really fun math workbooks available.  Check out 22 Math Puzzle Mini-Books by Michael Schiro and Whodunit Math Puzzles by Bill Wise.

6. Go to a hands-on science museum. Most science museums have math sections.

7. Play some (non-computer) math games.  When my son was younger we used Math Games and Activites From Around The World by Claudia Zaslavsky.  The games in this book aren’t for drilling; They primarily teach mathematical concepts.

Lots of other games are also available free.

8.  Do some off-line math projects. How Math Works by Carol Vorderman is fabulous.  It has dozens of wonderful projects.  The emphasis is on concepts…not drilling.

9. Do some on-line math projects.  The internet has tons of free projects ideas.  Most of these are designed for groups but can be modified for one person.  Check out webquests for some projects to get you started.

10. Use some really great lesson plans.  The best online math lessons I have found came from a website called Fun Math Lessons by Cynthia Lanius.

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