I recommend the products below for math learning. In addition, I have them all, so if you have questions, please contact me. I’ll either answer your question directly or write an article on it for you.

### Magna-tiles

Daughter got a set of these for Christmas. I can’t get enough of them.

And since they stick to the fridge (they’re magnetic) they’re easy and fast to use!

Find Magna-tiles here from the manufacturer or from Amazon.com.

### Math on the Level

This is my curriculum of choice for K-8 math. Look for articles on it soon!

Things I love about it:

- No fake “order” to the topics. There’s a suggested order if you need help, but there’s no imposition.
- Allows you to teach each child based on their level of maturation. Thus the name,
*Math on the*.**Level** - Uses a nifty 5-A-Day set-up for problems. Instead of horrid drilling, there is a sweet, peaceful way to do a quick page of 5 problems. They are chosen based on how your child is doing with all the topics.
- Very reasonably priced. This covers ALL K-8 math. Less than $35/year!

### IXL Math

I previously wrote a pseudo-review of IXL Math and did ** not** recommend it to readers. Since then, they hired me to consult and asked me to take a detailed look at their product. I returned a 19 page report with suggestions on improvement.

So why do I recommend it now? Three reasons:

- It’s full of tons of problems from which students would benefit – both from the perspective of practicing common core standards and state standards as well as what a home school might want for children.
- It has amazing potential. The suggestions I gave are refinements – not full-on changes. For example, some elements of IXL Math are written like typical textbooks. This is normal, but not optimal.
- I believe IXL is willing to, and will, make these refinements to improve their product. They really seem to be interested in providing a great product. With that attitude they are a great asset to the math learning community!

What is it? It’s an online practice tool with a bazillion problems categorized in such fine detail that it boggles the mind. It’s supposed to be K-8 or 9, but I know my developmental college students would benefit from the practice it offers.

## Simply Fun’s SumologySumology is a game, but there’s so much more you can do with the number tiles. I’ve created a way to do long division with them, shown in this video. Number tiles are SO COOL! I can’t wait to do even more! |