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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Great FREE math site for elementary kids

Because I have two children in Elementary School, I thought I would be a doll and share our math secret, but before I do, let me give you a little insight as to how we found this site and why we love it.  Last summer, my nieces were over from Orlando and got on the computer to do their "math" for the day.  When they showed me, I spoke to my sister in law about it.  It's a great site that really helps kids remember their basic facts.  So, I signed up for just Mackenzie.  She was going into 3rd grade, and wasn't great at math, so anything that would help is what I was going for.  So she did it off and on last year.  This summer, we didn't really do it.  I actually had forgotten about it, but since school is starting again, I thought why not.  So, here's the jest of it.  

Go to Xtra Math and you will need to create an account.  You will select the grade your child is in or is going into.  I didn't do it for Madison during Kindergarten, but it would be a great idea to get a headstart on that.  So after the parent signs up, you will add children to your account.  Each child will have to take this intro set of quizzes so that the site can see what facts the kids need to work on.  They always start the kids with Addition.  In fact Kindergarten and 1st grade work on Addition only.  2nd Grade does Addition and Subtraction.  Third Grade does Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication.  Then Fourth and Fifth does Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.  

So daily, your child will have about 10 minutes of math time where they take a progress quiz and then race the teacher.  The faster the child answers the better the score basically.  They are helping the children to memorize basic facts.  While both of my girls are working on Addition, Mackenzie is much farther than Madison is and very soon she will be mastering that on the program (because we haven't done it daily like we should)  and it shouldn't take her too long to get to where she knows all of her addition and subtraction facts.  I am really trying to help push her through this program because she has to know all of her multiplication facts for 3rd grade!  

It's crazy how much they have to know before going into certain grades.  So I am going to make it my mission to find some really cool and educational sites to share with you each week.  This week this is the recommendation I will give.  

I do hope you like this site as much as we do.  

Dawn & the girls!

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