My home learner kid is in grade 3. Math lessons can be a hard sell! Games are not a hard sell. We have a plan this year to make a vlog on math games/lessons, and she’s the driver of that project! Some kids love worksheets, mine doesn’t, not even a little little bit, not at the moment. She doesn’t take kindly to directed math questions. Who does? Ok, maybe you and Arthur Benjamin. I’m working on reframing math into activities where math is required but not the end game – like Dragonwood or Yahtzee, then letting her practice online where I am not the keeper of the answers. Work in progress! Sharable resources here; otherwise watch this space for the vlog project!

# Activities:

nrich.maths.org I love some of the resources here – good for finding games and puzzles that are math-centric. All grades.

teacher.desmos.com Well crafted activities for exploring math concepts. Mostly high school math. Parents can go to teacher.desmos.com; if there are a few learners they can all log onto the same activity and many activities are designed for interaction between learners. Learners go to student.desmos.com and type in the classroom code for the activity you have picked out. Check out the polygraph activities to get started (minimum two participants).

puzzles (all grades)

GeoGebra interative activities for elementary grades

GeoGebra interactive activities for middle school grades

GeoGebra interactive activities for high school

# Instruction:

I tend to believe that math is most easily accessed through conversation, one human with another, during which the learner doing most of the talking – and so learners find reading textbooks and websites quite tough or even unproductive. Videos work better, but finding good videos often takes sifting through a bunch of not-what-I’m-looking-for. Still, a one-sided-conversation. A few learners and a patient, non-judgemental instructor is a great setup. Outschool is awesome. Interactive websites maybe come next, and here are two:

mathisfun.com I find this to be a good resource for finding explanations to any school math. Easy to navigate around.

Khan Academy, of course…