Saturday, November 14, 2009

Another Fun Math Site

As you've probably noticed by now we kinda have a math obsession thing going on. It's true, and yes it's kinda freaky and weird, but it's harmless. Recently on a homeschool message board I frequent someone mentioned that if you had an internet connection you could play some educational games on your Wii. We checked it out. It's true you can, and while we might do it that way I think playing them directly on the website has so much more to offer for our family.

The site is called Arcademic Skill Builders, and it's loaded with math games. I like to try out all games before the kids play them for school purposes, just to verify that it'll fit the bill for us. This site took the cake! The kids can play against each other or the computer. In some games they can have up to 8 players! You can set the game rooms to private with passwords so no one else can join you, or so only select people can join you. If all that weren't cool enough I like that I can pick what numbers are used, all though that's not as clear cut as it sounds.

You can select numbers from 1-whatever to be used in the math games, which is neat. Unfortunately you can select say 2 to be added, subtracted, divided, etc to say 1-whatever. That would be even cooler, but it can help me limit how frustrated say my six year old gets while he plays. By selecting small numbers for him at first it continues to build his confidence and speed at answering the problems while allowing him to have fun.

This site isn't just for little ones either, there's games for adding, dividing, multiplying, subtracting, percentages, fractions, ratios, and even language arts games. I think this will be a regular visitor in our workboxes for school. Yesterday, the boys were delighted when we played Joey-Joey and then I told them I had another cool computer game to play. I also really enjoy the fact that I can leave them to it and then go back to see which problems they've missed. For the most part problems they missed yesterday were to do with a "happy trigger" finger pushing the mouse too quickly.

Morgan managed to answer 50 some odd questions right in the Tug Boat Addition game before his mouse finger went nuts and started pressing too hard. He was quite perturbed to have lost over an itchy finger!

1 comment:

Queen to my 3 Boys said...

I have been on the lookout for some math drill supplies that aren't 'math drill-y'. I'll be using some of your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Oh, and I voted for your blog.