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Making Math Fun for Your Child

Learning and developing Math skills is an important part of a child’s development and key to keeping future University or College opportunities available.  Yet many students find math challenging to learn and may frustrated as they work through their homework questions.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way.  Math can be fun for your child and also for parents as they help provide support.   Here are some ideas to not only increase your child’s enthusiasm for math, but also build their skills for future success.

Make it Real Life:  When reviewing math questions, change up the words to make it fun.  For example, instead of using generic items like bricks, include fun items like cupcakes, baseballs, cars that your daughter or son will enjoy.

Include Math in Your Daily Activities:  Math occurs everywhere in our daily lives.  On the next road trip if your child asks when they’ll get there, mention the final time and ask how many minutes are left.  Or for high school students provide the kilometers and distances and ask how long it will be until the destination.   Another great opportunity is cooking.  Ask your child to measure all the different ingredients needed to bake a cake or create the meal.  Last, if your child loves sports use statistics like batting average, scores or goals.

Use Math Games:  There are tons of math games available for children of all ages.  With the increase in educational technology, there is no better spot to find fun and engaging math games than in apps for your computer or tablet.  Fortunately, we have a great list of helpful math apps to learn numeracy, arithmetic, geometry and algebra.   To see our list click here.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Students

The start of 2014 brings plenty excitement with a fresh slate to start over and is a time to reflect on the past.   Not only can adults have resolutions, but students can as well.  This is a great opportunity to make goals with your son or daughter to make them a better student.

Here are 5 of our favourite resolutions:

1) Organizational Skills: Having great organizational skills is essential for success at school.  That includes using a calendar and places to keep papers and homework.  Our partner the KAos Group has written a wonderful blog with student organizational tips.

2) Volunteer:  Whether it is neighbourhood, community or school supporting, volunteering is a great opportunity for students to develop skills outside of the classroom.    To learn more, read our blog post on Strengthening our Community.

3) Educational Technology:  Tablets and Smartphones have a ton of great English, Math, Science and French apps for children of all ages.  They are also a lot of fun to learn with!  Check out our many Educational Technology articles with some of our favourite apps for learning.

4) Learn Something New: Whether is it how science applies to real life or a word from a new language, making a goal to learn something new every day ensures we constantly have a fresh and well rounded mind.

5) Read for Fun:  Reading is an important part of a child’s development.    One of the most important keys to success is the engage your child with fun and memorable activities.   Here are some of favourite tips for your child to love reading.

What are you and your child’s New Year’s resolutions for education and how do you plan to keep them?

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10 Apps to Make Science Fun for Kids

Educational Technology is a fantastic way for kids to learn about any subject on their Smartphone or tablet.   Today we are covering Apps to make science fun for kids.  Whether your child is interested in physics, astronomy, chemistry or biology, these apps cover all topics for kids of all ages.

Here are some of our favourites to help your child explore the world of science in a fun and engaging way:

 

Sid the Science Kid – Sid’s Slide to the Side:  Teaches your child about friction and sliding in two stories with two games. Your child will start by learning about friction and how and why it can stop her from sliding.

 

The Elements: A Visual Exploration: A rich and engaging love story of the periodic table, told in words and pictures, and allowing you to experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you’ve never seen before.

 

Science Glossary:  A glossary of scientific terms and short biographies to help high school students understand and learn more about science.

 

Anatomy 3D: Organs:  Expand your knowledge of the body’s organs with this app that combines 3D models, video, audio lectures and quizzes.

 

SkySafari:  One of the most comprehensive apps for astronomy – it shows 46,000 stars, plus 220 of the best-known star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies in the sky. It also displays the Solar System’s major planets and moons using NASA spacecraft imagery, and includes the best-known 150 (or so) asteroids, comets, and satellites.

 

The Ultimate Dinopedia: This dinosaur app lets kids indulge their fascination by providing vividly colored illustrations and fascinating facts on more than 1,000 dinosaurs including stats, a fun fact, information on the picture and the dinosaur’s evolution.

 

Sea Life:  This app takes you on a virtual underwater ride by introducing you to marine animals through interactive images and sounds.

 

Rocket Science 101: Select your favorite NASA mission and build a rocket to send the spacecraft into orbit. As you take the apps challenge, you can learn more about thrilling missions and the various components of the launch vehicles, how they are configured and how they work together to successfully launch a NASA spacecraft.

 

Kid Weather: Teaches children real time weather conditions, forecasts, science and fun facts about the weather, plus it is interactive making it fun for the kids.

 

Pocket Physics:  Excellent app to help high school students in the following physics topics: linear motion, force, gravity, waves, elasticity and magnetic fields, among others.

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5 Helpful Math Apps

When parents contact us for tutoring, one of the most common requests we receive is for support in Math.  Along with practice, reviewing the concepts and tutoring, Math Apps are a great way for children to learn in a fun way.   They also help reinforce ideas and concepts with different approaches and ideas.

Below are 5 Math Apps we would recommend for students of various ages.   These Math tools are a great starting point to learn numeracy, arithmetic, geometry and algebra and we recommend you add others to your collection.

Let’s Do Math:    Fun game to practice your addition and subtraction skills.

Math Drills:  fun environment that allows students to learn basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Motion Math Zoom: Master numbers, negatives, and decimals with this animal adventure! Motion Math Zoom features the world’s most interactive number line – kids have a blast exploring numbers as they gain a deep understanding of place value.

Elevated Math: Provides initial instruction or intervention on math topics that cover place value, estimation, large digit addition all the way through Algebra.

Math Ref:  Contains over 1,400 formulas, figures, and examples to help your child with math. Use their expanding list of tools such as a unit converter, quadratic solver, and triangle solver to perform calculations.

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10 Apps You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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As educational technology continues to play a larger role in the classroom, below are 10 apps worth exploring:

Dragon Naturally Speaking: Easy to use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages

Mathemagics – Mental Math Tricks: Learn and practice the tricks of mental math calculation in a fun and engaging application

Learn French – MindSnacks: Rated by Apple as one of the best educational apps of 2011, this app makes learning French fun

Roller Journal: Helps kickstart writing and journaling using fun and interesting questions

Discovery News: From the people who bring you the Discovery Channel, be up-to-date on the latest breakthroughs and cutting-edge technologies

Mixeroo: Teaches children about music in a fun and entertaining way

Flashcards Study Helper: Create your flashcards and carry them around in convenient digital format. Perfect for studying on the go!

Math Ref: Great homework resource with over 1,000 helpful math formulas, figures, tips and examples

Note Taker: Powerful app for writing and organizing handwritten notes, diagrams and other items on your tablet

Kid Art: Fun app for children to draw and create pictures on a tablet

 

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Embracing Technology for the New School Year

As technology has continued to play an increasingly important role in our lives it has provided numerous positive changes to the way we learn and how education is conducted in the school.   As the school year begins, we hope you find the information below on how technology is being integrated into the classroom beneficial to you and your family.

Interactive Whiteboards

Also known as SMART Boards, this interactive display connects a computer to a board, supplementing traditional blackboards and flip charts.  They provide an excellent environmentally friendly way to teach the class in an interactive style that allows for materials discussed in the class to be posted at a later date for future review.

Below are several examples of how teachers are incorporating SMART Boards into the classroom:

  • Classroom brainstorming
  • Using a Document Camera to display and edit text and images
  • Illustrating and writing a book as a class
  • Teaching steps to a math problem
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Saving lessons for students who were absent
  • Allowing students share projects during parent teacher interviews

Online Classroom Management Systems

Many teachers are engaging in the use of online web applications like Moodle to promote blended learning with the classroom.

These systems have many online features to benefit your child’s education, which include:

  • Classroom discussion forms
  • Homework submission
  • Online quizzes
  • Downloading information including prior lessons and additional learning resources
  • Classroom calendar

To see an example of this technology, we would recommend visiting: demo.moodle.net.

We would encourage you to work with your school and teacher to better understand how many of these technological innovations can be potentially used in your child’s classroom.

Good luck with the start of school and if we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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