I found a lot of these great free sites when I was looking for some extra help teaching long division last fall. It really helped end most of the hair-tearing and teeth-gnashing days… I prefer no-frills math practice, generally. Some have games – check them out first and use your judgment before turning your children loose on the computer.
Cool Math 4 Kids – has great step-by-step Long Division Lessons that my kids understood. I also like the Number Monster which allows you to pick operations and difficulty levels, and keeps track of your score.
Khan Academy – Heard about this from a friend at church. It’s comprised of thousands of YouTube instruction videos and is a HUGE site that goes way up to college level math. There’s even an iPhone app for this one.
Big Brainz – Used to be known as Timez Attack as it only had times table practice. Now it has multiplication and division, and a beta version of addition and subtraction. Pretty high-tech game interface for what my children are used to – I limit the use of it (FYI you have to pick either a male or female green ogre/alien/thingy character). I do appreciate the fact that it really forces my children to learn ALL the facts – until they do, they are stuck in the “Dungeon of Ignoruntz.” Free download has base versions (not many different venues – just a dungeon, palace, a bit of a space station and a bit of jungle) and all the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division tables. You have the option to upgrade to paid, fancier versions – I haven’t upgraded and don’t plan to.
Xtramath – Just heard about this from my friend Jenny. “A free web program for students, teachers, and parents to help kids master basic math facts.” A neat feature is it will email you progress reports on all your enrolled students – and will let you know if they haven’t practiced for a few days.
Do YOU have a favorite free online math site?
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