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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Stinky Kid Math Review

Stinky Kid Math Review

Do you have kids that feel like they stink at math? I do! Ballerina and Soccer Girl both get extremely frustrated while working on math. I can't count the number of times I have heard the words "I'm not good at math" from one or the other of them. Enter Stinky Kid Math - with a name like this, I figured this math help website was definitely worth trying out when I was given the opportunity to review it with the girls.

For this review, we were given a 6-month subscription to the Stinky Kid Math website.

The Stinky Kid Math website offers lessons and games for Foundational Algebra (Pre-Algebra and Algebra I), Complex Algebra (Algebra I and Algebra II), and Geometry. You can choose one of those levels, but the main page also offers options to view all of the video lessons available for all of the levels or to go to the math games.

Since Ballerina and Soccer Girl are starting Pre-Algebra this year, I had them work on the lessons and activities for Foundational Algebra. This level is broken down into more specific topics such as:

  • Algebra Properties
  • Basic Operations
  • Exponents
  • Graphing
  • Integer Operations
  • Language of Equations
  • Multiples and Factors
  • Notation
  • Number Types
  • Order of Operations
  • Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
  • Roots
Each topic has several video lessons available to view, an online book that goes over the important information in written form, and worksheets that you can print. 

The videos are relatively short and only focus on one concept per video, which is great for those who are easily overwhelmed. Most of them are less than 5 minutes long, although a couple of them are a little longer. 

The book takes the information given in the videos and puts into a written format. It's arranged in the same order of the videos. The sample problems are in colored fonts, which helps them to stand out. 

The worksheets provide practice in the concepts taught in the videos. The worksheets are a little slow to load, and I found that if I didn't allow them to completely load before I tried to scroll through them, then the page would freeze up. 

Some of the topics also have math games that the students can play to put their new knowledge to work. The games have different levels to choose from as well. For example, Math-A-Mole has levels Easy, Medium, and Hard, while the Integer Game allows students to choose from Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division.

We used Stinky Kid Math for the girls to get additional practice on skills that they are struggling with in our daily math curriculum.

Ballerina's Thoughts
I found the videos helpful because they put the topics they were talking about in a simple way for me to understand it. I also liked the books. They were helpful because some people learn things better when they read it. (Like me.) The games helped me a little bit because it put the subjects in a fun way and not just listening to the lesson and doing worksheets, which can get really boring.

Soccer Girl's Thoughts
I really liked the games. My favorite was the Integer Game. It helps you add, subtract, multiply, and divide. At the end of the game it tells you how long it took you to do the math and how well you did.

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