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Math Facts Fun Review and Giveaway

Can math be fun? It turns out that it can! Our giveaway today is for a copy of Math Facts Fun, a great game from our return sponsor, Creative Learning Connection.

Creative Learning Connection’s motto is, “Making the Connection Between Fun and Learning.” Math Facts Fun is one of many products in their store that do just that. In addition to several games, Creative Learning Connection offers a wealth of family-developed, family-tested books, unit studies, and lapbook kits on a variety of topics, for homeschoolers and parents alike. Creative Learning Connection is owned and operated by Catherine Jaime, homeschooling mom of twelve children and author, with over 30 years of education experience.

So how does Math Facts Fun work? Here is a great description of the game from its listing on Currclick, where it is a Silver Best Seller:

Math must be practiced to be remembered. Practice takes time, and patience, and can wear on both the teachers and the students! But games take practice to another dimension. This game is designed to help with practice at all levels of math ability — but in a fun, bingo-type setting.

Add children, dice (6 sided and 12 sided), and playing pieces (coins will work, or small color pieces of paper, that type of thing…)and you have a great way to practice math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).

The game includes 8 different levels — that can be played by the youngest students in your home all the way up to the high schoolers and adults.

If you are like me, and mathematics is not one of your favorite subjects, you might really be suspicious of whether this game could be fun for your kids. I’ll be honest and admit that when I first heard of the game, I was skeptical. And when I got it out for my kids, I was sort of thinking, “Math? Fun? We’ll see.” But to my complete surprise, they not only liked it, they LOVED it. They had a ton of fun! They wanted to play it every day, several times a day. “Can we pleeeeease play the math game?” What mom doesn’t want to hear that?!

As the product description indicates, there are multiple levels, but the goal is basically to get three (four or five for higher levels) numbers on the board in a row. When I first started playing with my girls a few years ago (ages 5 and 3), we played with one die, let them roll, and then they had to count the number of dots, find that number on the board, and decide which one to put their piece on. I helped if needed, but the game still provided great reinforcement for both counting and number recognition – and as far as they were concerned, they were just playing a game! The difficulty moves up from there, but the results are the same – students are reinforcing important math skills, while having fun!

So put away the worksheets and textbooks for awhile, and play!

Buy:

You can purchase Math Facts Fun as an e-book download on Currclick for the sale price of $3.50, or purchase a pre-made version of the game at Creative Learning Connection, which includes laminated game sheets and all the necessary dice, for $12.00. Catherine from Creative Learning Connection has also generously offered our readers the chance to download the e-book game for an even greater discount of $1.75! Just click here.

Win:

Our readers will have the chance to win a Math Facts Fun game of their own, in their choice of either e-book download or pre-made version! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

 

Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this review. I am also blessed to call Catherine Jaime my aunt.


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Schooling Saturday: Khan Academy

This week, we’ve added math back into our schedule. Math is my least favorite subject, but I can’t deny that it’s a necessary one! My husband found a resource that has helped us a lot so far, and that I can tell is going to be a lot of help to us in the days to come – Khan Academy.

From their site: “The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.

All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.”

The site features over 2,400 videos. The largest bulk of the videos are on mathematics, but there are also lots of science videos, and even some on history and finance, designed for grades K-12.

I don’t know if Khan Academy could be used as a comprehensive curriculum, but its made a great addition to our math worksheets and games (that’s a hint about our giveaway Tuesday!) My husband is even enjoying using the more advanced mathematics videos to brush back up on his skills!

Have you used Khan Academy? How do you use it in your home? What are your favorite resources for teaching math?

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Note: I have not previewed all of the videos, particularly in the science section, but for any other Youth Earth parents, you should be aware that he doesn’t appear to come from that wordlview.

Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post.

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