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Virtual Building Blocks

June 15, 2011 in Featured Websites, For Adults, For Young People

Remember learning about tessellations with the multi-colored regular polygons as a child? Or how about using geoboards to help you understand perimeter and area? Studies have shown that letting a child explore mathematical concepts with such things helps them better understand mathematical processes and algorithms.

The problem is that most of the time parents do not have access to those tools to help supplemental child learning without going out of their way to order them from specialty stores. However, Utah State University has put together a National Library of Virtual Manipulatives where anyone can have access to virtual versions of the mathematical tools used in classrooms from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

The website is broken down by grades and mathematical categories (Geometry, Algebra, etc.). Each section contains a plethora of virtual tools that will help your child take their mathematical comprehension up a notch while at home. Each manipulative comes equipped with activity suggestions and tips for parents or teachers.

For more information about the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives visit their information page here

Your Child, the Grammar Guru

May 18, 2011 in Featured Websites, For Young People

Remember MadLibs? Were they the only reason you know what an adjective is, too? Share the fun with your own children at Wacky Web Tales. It’s as simple as choosing a storyline  filling out the information and then letting the web automatically populate your chosen scenario.

Or maybe you have a little boy who just hates words of any sort. Maybe he hates words so much he wants to throw ninja stars at them! Wait, what? No really he can at Grammar Ninja. Truly this is stealth learning at its best.

For more grammar websites and some awesome picture books visit TeachwithPictureBooks.

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