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Math, it’s beginning to be a favorite subject in our home, but there are always ways to make it a bit more exciting. Especially with the memorization of facts. We are in the midst of learning multiplication, so the opportunity to review Times Alive from Times Tables the Fun Way was a great fit for our curriculum.
We homeschooled over the summer so we are almost finished with our Charlotte Mason Year 2 Term 1, but I thought I would share with you what we have used for this term. We use Ambleside Online with a Catholic twist. I have added and subtracted a few things to make them more fitting to our faith and have really loved the way it has been working for our family. Here’s a peek into our curriculum.
We are finally hitting a stride in math and things are beginning to click. Addition, subtraction and multiplication facts are all getting memorized in fun ways, but what better way to practice those facts then to think outside the box with a math game. Sunya – The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Adding & Subtracting is a new card game from Sunya Publishing that makes math a fun out-of-the-box adventure.
Sunya comes with instructions, number line and two card decks. One deck contains number cards, wild cards and operation cards (+, -, =). The other deck contains riddles. As far as I can tell, the riddle cards are just a fun extra, they are not part of the game itself.
After reading the instructions, I was a bit confused, I could figure out the basic play, but the extra set of cards and the multi-page instructions, made the game seem very difficult. There was a lot of information to take in for a card game, and I was worried the kids and I would be lost, before we even began. After reading the instructions a few times, I began to understand the basic play rules, I decided the only way to learn was going to be by playing the game and figuring it out as we went. This proved to be a good idea. While I started out overwhelmed, it was actually quite easy to play and the kids and I had no problems.
My advice – don’t overthink the instructions – just play and answer any questions that may come up with the instructions.
To play Sunya, you set up an addition or subtraction operation, it can be any operation as long as it works (4+5=9, 9-3=6, etc). Each player is then dealt 4 cards. The object of the game is to use the cards in your hand to create a new operation. The first player to use all their cards says “Sunya” and wins the game. Sunshine and Mister Man both loved the game and continued playing multiple times, multiple days. The great thing is there are multiple variations to the game which will keep it fun and exciting. My kids were happy just playing the basic game which says something about how fun it was for them!
After playing the game, Mister Man had fun reading the riddle cards. He is my joke lover, and these were right up his alley. He has been telling the jokes to family and friends and loves the response of wonder he receives as they try to figure out the answers.
I was disappointed that there is no box for the game, making it hard to store (this may be something they are working on for final production). I ended up putting rubber bands on the card decks and setting it all in our game cabinet, but I will have to find a better option, as I am pretty sure some of the cards will end up missing and torn up the way it is now.
Sunya – The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Adding & Subtracting has been a fun game for our family and I am excited to continue playing with the kids. We love adding in math games to review and just take a break from the normal routine, I am sure it will be played many times over the summer months especially.
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Computer reinforcement is a fun way to make sure the skills and information are clicking. We love using computer games, lessons and videos to help with any subjects available. While I am not ready to let the computer be the teacher it is fun to teach and then let the kids use their new skills to play a game or do a lesson in a different way. One subject we tend to do this a lot is math. One new program we are using is the Math Mini-Courses from A+ Interactive Math.
There are many options in using the courses. On the dashboard screen, there are links to a few different options: Video Lessons with Interactive Review, Online Worksheet and Test Generator, PDF Lessons, Printable Worksheets and Tests and Reports.
We used the video lessons and interactive review the most. We created a few pdf worksheets as well and those were a fun way to assess the lessons. She enjoyed doing the videos and interactive lessons more than the worksheets so we used them most.
The program is broken down into multiple sections within the course. There is a video and interactive skill session for each subsection of the course as well as worksheets and tests. For the online video and interactive skills, once they have completed the section they can move on to the next lesson. If they need some more practice you can generate worksheets and tests for any of the lessons and can use the online version or a pdf.
The lessons are quick, easy and fun. Sunshine was happy to have a computer lesson a few times a week in addition to her normal math program. It was a nice extra and review.
The only thing we had an issue with was her recording the answers. There is a cute, little frog that says “submit” on his belly. They have to click that frog to record their answers. She had a few times when she hit “next” instead of “submit” and it showed 0 out of 10 even though she had put the correct answers. The “submit” button is what records the answer so make sure your student is hitting that before moving on!
Once they have submitted their answers, their results are recorded for you to easily see their progress.
We are going to be finishing up the Money math mini-course and then moving onto the subtraction math mini-course. I am hopeful she will get as much out of the subtraction as she is with the money lessons.
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We are always looking for a fun way to remember our math facts. I have never been a fan of boring memorization of facts, however, I realize that in math it makes things much easier later in your studies. The Trigger Memory Co has made memorizing math facts much easier, memorable, and fun with their multiplication series, Times Tales.
At the mention of watching a video for math, she was smiling and excited. From there the excitement continued to grow. Everyday she was asking to do her Times Tales videos.
Since beginning the videos, her comprehension of multiplication and recall of facts has been much quicker. It’s been a lot of fun watching her feel more confident in math and see the connection begin in her head.
We used the downloadable videos which include everything from the DVD (Part 1 and Part 2) in a quick and easy download. Plus all the worksheets are downloadable as well. Quick, easy and with no waiting for shipping, yes please!
Times Tales covers the following multiplication facts – 3x6,3×7,3×8,3×9,4×6,4×7,4×8,4×9,6×6,6×7,6×8,6×9,7×7,7×8,7×9,8×8,8×9,9×9 – in a fun memorable way! The upper multiplication facts are the most difficult so it seems fitting that the videos focused on the harder facts.
The short stories and cute number characters are inviting for the kids and help make the memorization stick. Sunshine was telling me all about the stories and recalling the facts after watching the video just a few times.
She has really enjoyed the videos, the worksheets and even the practice tests. The memorable characters have left an impression on her and she enjoyed seeing them carried through the printable items as well.
I loved that she was having fun learning, and was remembering what she learned as well.
Sometimes downloads are intimidating, we’ve downloaded a few that have been very difficult to work with. That was definitely not the case with Times Tales. Everything was easy to download and use.
I am so glad we had the opportunity to review Times Tales. It has been a great addition to our homeschool math and I cannot wait to see how quickly Mister Man figures out his multiplication facts! I would definitely recommend it to all early elementary students. It takes scary memorization and makes it into a fun experience that the kids will really enjoy. And they are learning so much with the videos as well.
Pair that great learning video with the worksheets, games and practice tests and you have a wonderful way to learn multiplication.
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Math is not our favorite subject. I love math and have been struggling to get my kiddos to love it as well. It just doesn’t click, yet. Workbooks are not their style, or mine really. For that reason I have been eyeing Demme Learning’s Math-U-See products for a while and with the Digital Packs to go along with it, I thought it just might be the interactive math we needed.
I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly things started to click in Mister Man’s head as he worked through the problems, he really saw the solution and how it all worked. His math computation is much quicker and he is enjoying his 30 min of math each day instead of dreading it!
I love that the manipulatives are easy to work with, the problems in the book are simple, to the point, and do not belabor the point. He gets things quicker and is not overwhelmed by a sheet full of problems he has to complete. I have been adding in a few extra problems just to be sure he is understanding, but so far he’s had no problem at all. In fact, a few times, he actually asked to do more math!
In addition to the Beta Universal Set, which included the manipulatives, teachers manual, workbook/test book and instructional DVD, we also received access to the Digital Pack which has even more resources to make math come to life.
The Digital Pack proved to be a very helpful tool. The instructional videos are all loaded for streaming on the site, no need to pop in the DVD, just drop down to the lesson you are working on, and click play! This makes finding the right video for the lesson a breeze!
You can also print the lesson instructions, answers and additional worksheets right from the main screen. There is a link to the Skip Counting Songbook and mp3, which both kiddos enjoyed and a fun drill game for extra practice.
We’ve been using the Digital Pack to print off extra worksheets for practice, doing drills and for watching the lesson videos. I am sure the answers will be very valuable in the coming years, but we didn’t need that extra option for the simple math he’s working through now.
Math-U-See has transformed our daily math lessons. Mister Man is loving it, and I am in the process of finding the right fit for Sunshine, who is a very visual learner as well. I am hopeful that math will start to click more and more each day. Already our school days are going smoother and I can see a lot of progress!
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