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Math Table of Contents
Live Math Bowl
Flash Master
Aleks Online Math Tutor
CapJaxMathFax
Classroom 121
BT Easy Math Reference Guide
Dositey Corporation
Hands-On Equations
IXL
J-Digital
Kendall Hunt
Kinetic Books
Math Drawings
Math Tutor
The Math Zone
My Game Value  
Scholar Cards
Singing Turtle Press
Teaching Tape Technology
Touch Math
Wonder Number Learning System

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Live Math Bowl Live Math Bowl

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Everything we do is about results.

Our mission is to engage every child every day with a personalized, responsive, intelligent and challenging learning resource that inspires a delight in mathematics and an innate drive to better results.

Benefits of LiveMathBowl

LiveMathBowl is the worlds most used educational website! As an online learning resource, it is the next generation in learning, helping homeschoolers enjoy mathematics and improve their results. LiveMathBowl covers the math curriculum from grades K-12.

LiveMathBowl is used around the world by schools, homeschoolers and children in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Europe, Canada, South Africa, China and other Asian countries.

Children Love LiveMathBowl
LiveMathBowl captivates and challenges students in a stimulating, interactive environment.

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Strengthen Math Skills with the Flashmaster!
by Christine KerriganFlash Master

Is your child having difficulty with math basics? Do they need to strengthen their multiplication tables, or simply have difficulty recalling? Whatever the case, Flashmaster can help!  It is great for students of all ages who need to develop or reinforce their basic math recall and Flashmaster offers a resource for an easy and fun way to enforce those necessary skills.

How does the Flashmaster work?

The Flashmaster product is a small (7.25” W x 4.25” H) computer that essentially replaces the need for flashcards and similar quizzing elements. An array of practice and testing options allow for the user to work on his/her skills utilizing a variable selection of levels and time constraints:

Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division tables can be learned and solidified through reviewing them sequentially or at random; no time limit.

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ALEKS Online Math Tutoring
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Building Math Confidence
by Joseph Grayhame

One of the most valuable aspects of using the Internet for homeschooling is web-based programs and products. They can be accessed from any computer that is connected to the Internet -- either by land-line or wireless connection. Therefore, if you and your child are traveling, s/he can access a web-based product in the airport, between planes, in a Wifi cafe or even in some metro parks and other public locations! What could be more efficient than being able to take your coursework with you, having it as close as your laptop or iPhone?

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CapJaxMathFax Computer-based Math Skills Program
by Michael Leppert
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One of the distinct pleasures of homeschooling is parental autonomy. In the teaching of "social" issues and academics, both, the ability to pick and choose and choose again what one's child learns and how it is presented, makes homeschooling wonderful and satisfying (but not necessarily easy!).

In the field of the teaching of mathematics, there has been a debate raging for a number of years, that is similar to the debate in the teaching of reading with the ephemeral "whole word" method being pitted against the tried-and-true phonics method.

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Classroom 121
by Linda Pliagas

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Science can be very intimidating for some children -- even for adults.

In college, I waited to take physics until the last possible semester because I was so afraid. After a few classes, I shamelessly dropped out of the course. While I take full responsibility for my failure, upon retrospect, I realize it was not entirely all my fault.

Our instructor spoke English with a very heavy accent, making it extremely difficult for me to comprehend the scientific concepts he was dishing out to us at 100 miles per hour. Plus, every time I raised my hand to ask a question, he made me feel as if I were bothering him and holding back the entire class.

After the disappointment and anxiety wore off, I found Classroom 121’s High School Physics DVD Series and made an interesting discovery: Physics is actually fun!

How can it not be fun to learn and understand how the laws of our universe actually work?

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BT Easy Math Reference Guide
Review By Kay Miller

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One of the most difficult subjects for students to learn is math. Too often, students aren’t afforded enough time to master one level before they are moved on to the next. Have you ever tried to teach fractions to a student who doesn’t understand long division or pre-algebra to someone who doesn’t understand fractions, decimal, or percentages? Has your child ever come to you for help with his/her math homework because he/she doesn’t remember how to do the problems taught in class and you weren’t able to provide steps to a solution? These scenarios can be sources of extreme frustration for students and teachers/parents. The BT Easy Math Reference Guide, developed by Bonnie Terry, M.Ed., an educator with over 30 years experience teaching regular education and special education students, provides students with the necessary tools to succeed in elementary school math and helps older students prepare for success in Algebra and beyond.

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Dositey.com – Online Education in Math & Language Arts

We all can remember excelling in certain subjects as children and having trouble with others. It’s something that no matter whom you are nor what age you are, you will always find that certain subjects, tasks, and/or even physical activities come more easily to you than others. When faced with this problem, it is important to always research and locate the appropriate tools needed to help strengthen your knowledge and success in that not-so-easy subject. This is where Dositey,com comes in. Dositey, whose mission is to provide high quality, easily accessible and affordable online education content to homeschool families and schools, provides its students with Internet lessons, courses, exercises, worksheets, and other critical thinking worksheets for both Math and Language Arts.

Dositey was founded in 1998 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts. Their programs are designed to be short, yet interactive and fun, thus ensuring that kids stay interested and focused so that they may learn efficiently. Most homeschooling parents are responsible for one, two, three -- or even more -- children’s education and typically this scenario leads to a lack of free time. If you have found yourself short on time but want to continue to play a large role in the learning process of your child, then Dositey.com is just the right place for you. Dositey’s interactive lessons and exercises are in the form of single-topic, compact units and are especially designed to be easy to use. Dositey provides worksheets, activities and creative assignments all of which are 100% printable and accessible off their website. Dositey also offers a variety of games for each topic, thus making their educational journey fun and less likely to cause boredom.

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Hands-On Equations

Using Game Pieces to Demystify AlgebraHand-On

By Linda Pliagas

With his dapper, relaxed style, the beret-wearing Dr. Henry Borenson, a mathematical master, helped me conquer my worst nightmare: Algebra. After watching a sample of his Hands-On Equations video, I finally actually got it!  I was able to solve equations such as 4x + 3 = 3x + 9 and 2(x+4) = x + 10 and to understand what I was doing.

Dr. Borenson, who has been an educator for 30 years and received degrees from the University of Southern California and Teachers College, Columbia University, realized that a different kind of teaching method was needed for learners who preferred a tactile and visual style of learning.

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IXL

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Since math is one of the most important subjects in a student’s curriculum, and math is so much a skill based upon repetition and review, a program that allows virtually unlimited practice and self-correction is one of the most valuable learning tools a homeschooling family can have.

IXL.com is a comprehensive web-based math-supplemental program that offers both parent and child the opportunity to practice math material taught in a textbook or other format. IXL does not teach the concepts; rather, it provides an infinite number of computer-generated problems that cover the entire gamut of math skills taught from Pre-K to 5th grade, with grades 6-12 planned for the near future. “Web-based” means it can be accessed from any computer that has an Internet connection. This means that when taking a trip or even just driving around running errands for hours, your laptop with a PCI card can allow your child to practice math right in the car!

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Kinetic Books
“Conceptual Physics”
By Linda Pliagas

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“To any action there is always an opposite and equal reaction.”
Sir Isaac Newton's third law of relativity may seem complex enough for adults to comprehend, but now try to explain this scientific concept to a 12-year-old.
Before you toss up your arms in angst and go through the expense of hiring a tutor, visit www.kineticbooks.com.

With the ease of a click, parents can better equip their children with the very best in physics education.  Conceptual Physics is a new comprehensive digital textbook that is sure to not only teach vital mathematical concepts, but also keep youngsters alert and interested.

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Math Drawings
Review by Linda K. Foster

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Math Drawings by Mary Smale is an exciting multi-disciplinary method of incorporating art with math allowing students to create entire pictures using only basic geometric shapes. For over 30 years, Mary Smale taught algebra and other math disciplines in high school and middle school. During this time, she developed her unique math-based art lesson, originally used as a reward system for her 8th grade students.

Mary soon found that she was able to disguise new and old math vocabulary as instructions for drawing and, for the first time in her teaching career, she had 100% participation in her math lessons. Her students were able to combine their love for drawing with basic geometric principles to create “works of art”.  Mary later taught math and art on television for 2½ on the Los Angeles based KLCS-TV program “Homework Hotline Teacher” and was ultimately convinced to write Math Drawings so her principles could be used by teachers in their art, history and special education classes.

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Math Tutor
Review by L.K. Foster

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Are you Mathphobic? Do you tune out in the middle of math lectures because you didn’t understand the first concept and were afraid to ask for clarification? Is it virtually impossible for you to translate lecture material into actual problem solving? Or, do you simply want to learn everything there is to know about math in the comfort of your own home? Whatever your need, Math Tutor DVDs are your answer.

Learning math is often a confidence issue. Most math instruction begins with lengthy discussions of abstract math theories and students find themselves “lost” before they are ever presented with any actual problem solving instruction. Unlike this standard teaching method, Math Tutor DVDs teach each concept in a fully narrated “teaching-by-doing” method. This approach takes the boredom and frustration out of learning math, engages the student in the learning process and raises student confidence.

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Math on the Level
Review by Michael Leppert

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Very soon in a family’s homeschooling experience – after one or two years, maximum – it becomes apparent that we have the wonderful flexibility to teach our children based on their brain and skill level and not be bound by someone else’s synthetically-imposed grade level.  In fact, the desire to avoid such a non-reality-based teaching format is one of the paramount reasons many families choose to homeschool. We all prefer the autonomy to teach our children according to their own strengths and personalities. For your early-reading 10-year-old, you may teach English at a more advanced level than math, or to your science-precocious 11-year-old, you may offer extensive, heavy science instruction and not as advanced a literature program.  

Math on the Level is a new, seven-volume math curriculum (from Kindergarten through pre-Algebra), written by homeschoolers for homeschoolers, that will let you achieve the goal of teaching math with instruction aimed at your child’s actual level and not be bound by grade-level thinking.  Math on the Level provides the tools to teach math concepts and skills in practical ways that children understand while giving you complete flexibility to choose when to teach any topic based on each child’s needs.  With this maturation-based approach, children who need more time are not rushed ahead prematurely, and those who can go fast are not held back.

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The Math Zone
Review by Linda K. Foster

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Whether we admit it or not, math is something we do on a daily basis. We use it to describe people and things (height, weight, age), calculate costs, tell time, to obey speed limits, etc. We need math and we use it continuously, yet it is often considered one of the most difficult and boring subjects to learn.   

The Math Zone designed by Bonnie Terry, M.Ed. is a math card game that teaches basic math skills in a unique and fun way. Bonnie Terry is an educator with over 30 years’ experience teaching regular education and special education students. She has a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education and a M.Ed. degree in Special Education.  She is both a teacher and a developer of educational games and books that are used worldwide. 

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My Game Value

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If you've been searching for a fun math game, you've come to the right place! VALUE is an educational bingo math game for children from pre-k to middle school grade levels that involves flash card games, such as fun multiplication games. A recent addition to the market, it combines color-coded player boards with flashcards, which display basic math problems in 5 vibrant colors from addition math games to division math games. Among mathematics games VALUE has proven to be truly math made fun. It's a winning combination that provides players a fun experience while practicing and strengthening their math skills through flashcards and fun math games.

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Educational Cards Will Make a Scholar Out of Your Homeschooler

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By Linda Pliagas

Say “adios” to bulky textbooks. Instead of using intimidating books in your homeschool curriculum, why not incorporate ScholarCards ™ into your educational program?

ScholarCards™ are new, self-teaching cards that have been proven to be highly effective learning tools. ScholarCards™ can be used to teach math, science and vocabulary.

The developers of ScholarCards™ have spent years testing their product on lower and middle school students throughout the Caribbean. Over 300 schools were visited and given ScholarCards™ to use. Students happily played the learning game the cards are based around and it enhanced learning as well as a friendly sense of competition.

One of the best elements of ScholarCards™ is the fact that learning success can easily be measured. ScholarCards™ is used and assessed via written scores. The scores are entered into score sheets by the players and a student’s progress can be measured quickly.

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Singing Turtle Press
By Natasha Pirtz

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Are you about to go BERSERK from teaching your child Algebra? Have you tried every expensive program out there, only to find that nothing has worked? If you are looking for an affordable, easy-to-use program, the Algebra Survival Guide and Workbook are for you.

The "Algebra Survival Guide," a creation of Singing Turtle Press, has helped thousands of homeschoolers because it is both thorough and student-friendly. The "Algebra Survival Guide" is written in Q & A format, with the questions written from the perspective of a confused student, and the answers written from the point of view of a friendly teacher. No more textbook talk! And every page is a mini lesson, so children don't get overwhelmed.

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Teaching Tape Technology – Saxon Math On Video!
Review by L.K. Foster

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Teaching Tape Technology offers comprehensive math videos designed to complement Saxon math books. For years, Saxon Math has been the only major math program designed to systematically distribute instruction, practice and assessment tools geared primarily to meet the needs of homeschool teachers and students. Saxon Math’s unique approach to math instruction offers a solid foundation in math, ensuring that students not only gain, but also retain, essential math skills. Teaching Tape Technology now brings the unique Saxon math approach to life through a series of two-hour VHS and DVD presentations. Using video instruction in conjunction with Saxon texts makes lessons more viable for students who prefer “being taught” to working independently through the lessons. The videos are exceptional resources for students who have a hard time learning new math concepts without detailed explanations and demonstrations.

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Touch Math

See it, Touch it, Learn It: Math Becomes Comprehensible with TouchMath
By Linda Pliagas

Most educational learning materials are developed by adults who have been teaching for numerous years and who often hold advanced degrees. TouchMath is a mathematical learning system that was created and developed for kids, by kids.

“The children put the visual cues in place; they literally were responsible for the program,” admits Janet Bullock, founder and CEO of Innovative Learning Concepts Inc., creators of TouchMath.

She recalls that very special time when her students, a group of 28 sixth-graders, helped her design a mathematical learning system, which would later blossom into a global educational corporation with a family of materials for general classrooms, special education and intervention programs.

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Wonder Number Learning System

www.wondernumber.com
1825 Gaviota Court, Simi Valley, CA 93065 ▪ 805.526.7335
Pre-K through high school

By Lauren Rosales

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The Wonder Number Learning system was created by Melbourne T. Brown in the early 1970’s. Mr. Brown was a schoolteacher who, despite his many efforts, was unable to find a suitable teaching method that assisted struggling students in their pursuit for an understanding of basic math concepts. Finally, he decided to create a method of his very own, and developed the ingenious Wonder Number Learning System – which is actually a series of board games complete with spinner, playing chips and an instructional DVD containing complete video lessons, so the homeschooling family can combine “play” with “study”!

Wonder Number consists of a brightly-colored game board, divided into numbered squares from 1 to 100. An array of math concepts is identified symbolically on the board. For instance, each prime number has a circle around it; even numbers are identified with a small blue “2” and odd numbers are those lacking the blue 2. Square numbers are enclosed in a square and are the same color as the square root, with all factors for a number being displayed in pairs and possessing a specific color. Therefore, just by looking carefully at the playing board, the math student can learn a number of basic concepts! Since every number on the board has all of its factors listed in its square block and the placement is repetitive throughout the board, it is extremely easy for even the youngest children to find and identify the numbers and become familiar with their traits.

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