Learning Fun for Kids Online

Home school and after school, kids online can access some great sites and games that are both educational and fun. This site reviews and links to the best, and also discusses some parenting articles and homework sites of interest to parents.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Find the Hidden Objects

www.sxc.huWhen the kids need a little mindless downtime after school (or when they're home sick), sometimes an old stand-by is fun.

Highlights Magazine has a web page where they (and you!) can play Find the Hidden Objects -- with three levels of difficulty. I went straight to Level 3, and hardly had to cheat at all. . .

If you like your hidden pictures printed out, try Hidden Pictures Publishing (scroll down to the bottom of the page for a second print-out).

Have fun and no hiding!



UPDATE: I just found another page of hidden objects you can play online. There are actually two at this site, one in a classroom and this forest one (which I like better).


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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Math homework, anyone?

www.sxc.huOh, boy! Grade 5/6 math homework has reared its head, and I'm as baffled as my kids!

Some resources I've found, used and liked include:

  • This interactive multiplication table. Once you enter the equation, you not only get the answer (yay!) but you also see both paths of numbers light up -- ie., 6 X 9 will also "remind" you that 9 X 6 gives you the same answer.
  • A page of definitions all about fractions *shudder* Not only do you learn what the term means, you also find out how to get the answer. For instance, when you get to the bit about Converting and Reducing Fractions, the text reads:

For any fraction, multiplying the numerator and denominator by the same nonzero number gives an equivalent fraction. We can convert one fraction to an equivalent fraction by using this method.

and then gives numeric examples like this: 1/2 = (1 × 3)/(2 × 3) = 3/6
  • If you're trying to simplify fractions, there's a good page at a site called MathIsFun.com. First, simplifying is explained and a few methods on how to do it are shown. There's a tool you can use to quickly (and automatically) simplify fractions -- an explanation on how the answer is reached is offered with the answer.

More to come, I'm sure. And, please -- if you've found a helpful site, let us all know by leaving a comment.

Thanks!




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