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Check out Updated Math Materials & Apps!

If you are looking for Math materials to: augment your child’s school experience, help your struggling or special needs student, help teach your child at home or if your child loves math and wants more activities to do, check out the updated math curriculum and materials list here. Especially look over the Early Learning Section there so you can help your child get a good start!  OR if you want to find great games to help with math concepts, search our extensive list of games which enhance logic, strategy, and math skills here (be sure to scroll down to Educational games and Nancy’s List of games.)  For suggestions of interactive online math learning, downloadable templates and math charts, as well as great tricks for memorization, search here OR go to the Math Online section here.
For Special Needs Students or atypical learners, you can find differentiated materials and curriculum here I especially encourage you to check out Math-U-See and Numicon Math Instructional Kits, for young and older students.  Math-U-See has specialized blocks for numbers 1-9, tens, and hundreds.  What is great about MUS is that the blocks can illustrate addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and even for negative and positive numbers, as they have an ‘empty’ back side to help kids visualize taking away an amount.  They also have fraction cards an overlays to illustrate making equivalent fractions or multiplying fractions, as well as other fraction concepts.  Numicon kits have been used for children over in Great Britain for years and has now become popular with parents of children with Down Syndrome and others with learning challenges, as they are highly visual, easy to manipulate and can illustrate number sense, addition, and subtraction easily.  Two other programs I like are Karis Math which was originally created to help deaf children learn math visually, but is great for any learner, as it works from the visual and concrete to the more abstract by ‘scaffolding’ support with downloadable animated lessons for all basic math topics.  And if your child has an iPod or iPad, check out some of the apps I have been using with typical learners, challenged learners and autistic children in the Software and Apps section here.

Choices for Atypical Learners

Here are some of my favorite resources to differentiate learning or offer choices for your visual-spatial child or atypical learner! Find a list of Educational Options Scenarios here and think flexibly about possible places to learn for your V-S child or other learner.  OR go to the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) website to find out about all kinds of alternative schools and learning environments/philosophies that fit your child’s kind of mind, listed under: Democratic, Homeschooling, Montessori, Waldorf, Public Alternative, and more.  And anytime you can provide choices and accommodations, you give a student the chance to learn their best way.  Check out this 504 Accommodation List or browse other lists here: Also check out my own long list of Ways to Demonstrate What you have Learned” and use them at home or ask your child’s teacher to allow these alternate ways for your child to do homework.  For differentiated learning with low and high-tech methods, find ideas and products to help with reading, writing and math here.  Some favorites are the “Smart Pen” – write just a few notes or make images with this pen and it records the lecture at the same time as you write; later tap the pen to your notes and it plays back the part of the lecture that went with your doodle! And for math facts learning, try Right Brain Math, which teaches visual-spatial learners through easy patterns and movement with grids and circles.  (Purchase book online) but watch the videos here for free!  And for a great selection of interactive math activities to help kids visualize concepts and learn procedures for operations, fractions, algebra, geometry, and probability; go to National Library of Virtual Manipulatives and let your child teach themselves by using the online manipulatives.  For the child who really can’t sit in a classroom, check out Vi Hart’s Website for fun math doodles, balloon platonic solids, fruit math (and more) – all for people who love to learn but need to move and do!

Check out our Great List of Classic Toys and Games

For families who are looking for quality educational and fun games, toys, construction sets, fantasy play and other respectable toys, check out our section on Family Activities, Toys, and Games where you can find ideas for gift-giving – classics like hardwood blocks to modern building sets, as well as great games to enhance skills in logic, reasoning, memory, and visual or verbal skills.  Or find ideas for fun family games and other family activities. The best toys are those that allow your child to use their imagination, discover how things work, learn fine motor skills, create designs or engage in social and fantasy play.  Scroll down to view over 20 sites of Games Lists and Guides, click on links to view up to 40 Games that work the brain, and lots of other toys that you can find locally or from websites that will deliver eco-friendly or high quality playthings like puppets, puzzles, and other playthings.  Browse through the family activities section for ways to disconnect from gadgets and which can engage the whole family in simple fun crafts and play together.  Spending time with your children and teens is the best gift you can give.  The websites chosen here are not the only places you can find great toys but they are a start.  If you have other suggestions, please contact Choices for Learning by clicking here and we will add them to our list!

Check out our Special Needs Section

Check out our comprehensive section for Support for Special Needs. Here you will find sub-sections on everything from accommodations, assistive technology and differentiated materials in Math or Language Arts to Educational Information on IDEA, IEP’s, and 504′s, as well as Legal and Advocacy Issues, and how to help your child with Behavioral Challenges.  Or search for information on Evaluations and Therapy for special needs children and adults; locate Parent and Family Support Groups and Online Groups; or view Disability Websites for more information about your child’s disability or use the checklists to determine if your child might have a particular disability.  And find other sections on Special Needs Recreation, Tutoring Support, and more!  Then head over to the Quick Stop section to check out these helpful articles, lists, and charts: Books and Booklists for Special Needs; Learning Choices Lists and Charts; Learning Charts, Templates and Tricks for Math, Science & Language Arts; Choices for Learning Challenges; Dysgraphia Accommodations; How can Parents Help with Learning Challenges?; Disability Articles and Learning Beyond High School (For Students with Neurobehavioral Disabilities). If you don’t find what you are looking for, click here to contact me and I will help you find it!  Even if your child is not a special needs child, you may still find useful information to support your child or teen’s learning in these sections.

Check out our Useful Lists and Charts Section

I have recently updated the Useful Lists and Charts pages in the Quick Stop section of the website.  Here you can find many great charts for language arts, math, and science.

On the Math Charts, Templates and Tricks page, find charts, templates, and posters for ten-frames and place value templates, downloadable and interactive multiplication facts charts, area and perimeter formulas, number sets and number lines, Geometry vocabulary, algebra formulas, graph papers and grids, tangrams, math tricks, and much more!

In the Language Arts Charts and Lists you will be able to print out graphic organizers and templates for writing; view Dolch word lists, grammar lists, charts on phonemes and phonics, pre-reading and pre-writing skills lists; use a suffix and prefix interactive game and an interactive word-shape box you can print out for your spelling list, as well as see homonyms and homophones lists.

Go to the Science Charts and Lists for great visual charts for Anatomy, Animal Kingdoms, Color Wheels, Periodic Table of Elements, and others – clouds, solar system, “deep time,” a fossil and mineral Identification chart, and more.

Click on Contact on any page to send me your great finds for other useful charts!  Thanks! – Nancy

Early Learning

If you are looking for resources for children 0-6 years old, check out these sections!

Early Childhood has listed lots of resources for busy learners, including Baby Sign Language; puzzles and pattern block kits; FREE Montessori materials downloads; Rhyming chants, jingles and songs; and websites with activity ideas that build important skills for your young child.

For more ideas, go to Family Activities, Toys, and Games for resources and websites that provide ideas for fun things to do together as a family, including ‘unplugged’ activities and long lists of great card and board games!

Also check-out Reading and Language Arts to find fun natural activities that help develop pre-reading skills – meaning they develop perceptual skills, phonological awareness, and visual tracking skills, which are all important pre-skills needed for reading, at whatever age they are ready.

Finally for all home enrichment resources go to Enrichment and Curriculum and then be sure to support your local toy and book stores (or search craigslist) to find products or create your own from downloads from the listed websites.

Resource Highlight

Check out the Assistive Technology Section for Suggested Special Needs Apps Lists, AT Basics and materials for reading, math, communication and writing supports here or go to Useful Lists and Charts to find math templates and multiplication tricks, or to view easy templates for organizing concepts and thoughts for written work, as well as access easy reference science charts!

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Resource Highlight of the Week!

ARKive offers a comprehensive library of photographs and short videos of life on earth, including all animal and plant life groups; search by species, endangered list or geographical regions.  Watch a dugong swim, read about it and then use the world locator to find where it lives.  Also offers powerpoint and other educational resources for teachers/parents and games for kids.  Click here to view ARKive’s website.

Resource Highlight of the Week!

For Math Basics, go to To Johnnie’s Math Page for some of the best links to educational math activities that actually teach concepts in a visual and interactive way.  There are 8 different math areas – especially check out the ‘Number’ section with these activities: ‘Balanced Scales’ for adding and subtracting, Place Value counting with ‘Shark Numbers,’ Place Value Building Numbers, and ‘Ten Frames.’