There are some super helpful online math resources that are perfect for kids who might be struggling with math, or for kids who are looking to improve upon their existing skills.
It’s obviously important to have good math skills these days, so we have come up with a handy list of some of the best math curriculum websites, apps, and games to help you help your child learn to love math (well maybe) and improve their math grades.
*If you are looking for math help for younger kids check out our post for kids who are pre-k to grade 3.
Best Websites with Math Games
Obviously a really easy way to get kids to practice math is to make it fun. So with that in mind, these are our favourite free websites with great math games:
- Arcademic Skillbuilders is a great site that has online educational video games that help kids learn basic math. The games are free, but if you are a teacher you can sign up for the Arcademics Plus option that lets teachers customize game content to fit lesson plans, monitor student progress with data tracking reports and motivates students to improve performance with earned achievements and awards.
- Sheppardsoftware is another really good site that has fun online math games that cover all of the math fundamentals, including early math, basic and mixed operations, fractions, pre-algebra, dollars & cents and place value.
- Mangahigh is a really high quality site that has fun educational Math games. The site is aimed at teachers, but anyone can use the free versions of its excellent games.
- Multiplication Games is an amazing resource for learning multiplication facts and has a great collection of math games.
- Math Playground is another really good directory of math games, logic puzzles, practice, word problems and math videos.
- Hooda Math has math games, apps, movies, tutorials, worksheets and much more.
- Math for Grades 3-6 this site is a great resource for math games with links to all the best games on the web for different topics like algebra, fractions, measurement, geometry, patterns, money, data, integers, and estimation
- Kids Numbers is a free math resource designed by teachers, for students and children of all ages. On this site students can practice all aspects of math, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
- Math-Play has a large collection of free online math games for elementary and middle school students.
- Math Bingo is a free fun way for children to practice math facts on the computer. You can do addition, subtraction, multiplication or division BINGO. You can also get this game as an iPhone app.
Best App for Helping Kids Learn Math
Of the math apps that we’ve tried our favourites are Splash Math Apps. These apps are designed to be kind of like interactive workbooks that cover an entire school years’ worth of material. In the apps you drag and drop shapes, pop bubbles, rotate clock hands to solve problems. A weekly e-mail report feature keeps track of student progress.
Splash Math Apps go from grade one to five. AskATechTeacher did a great review of the grade 5 app saying Splash Math (grade 5) “is robust, satisfying, and intuitive enough, fifth graders will have no problem installing, setting up and using it independent of adult assistance. The start-up steps are clear. Screens are colorful and uncluttered making their purpose easy to understand. The space theme will appeal to most fifth graders, especially with ‘space’ being a common fifth grade unit. Parents and teachers will be pleased that math skills are aligned with fifth grade Common Core State Standards and include an endless supply of problems on topics like decimals, fractions, dividing by two digit numbers, place values, number sense, multiplication, division, measurement, and age-appropriate Geometry and Algebra. Each topic has between four and twelve worksheets where kids drag and drop shapes, rotate clock hands, pop bubbles and lots more as they solve problems. The app uses an adaptive learning algorithm to determine the child’s level and gradually increase the difficulty with the user’s skill.”
Top 6 Websites with Math Lessons/Curriculum
Math curriculum sites are a great option for parents whose math skills might be a little rusty because they have lessons that explain concepts and then have your kids practice what they have just learned. Here are some really good math curriculum websites:
- IXL Math is a math practice site with 2,000 skills covering junior kindergarten to grade 10, and an unlimited number of computer-generated problems that adapt to your child’s ability, increasing in difficulty as they improve. It also offers immediate feedback and question-specific explanations to solidify understanding of each concept. Parents get a weekly e-mail update on the child’s progress. The child can earn awards and certificates as they reach important milestones. Curriculum can be tailored for U.S, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.K. Cost– $9.95/month or $79/year or they allow you to complete up to 20 questions per day for free.
- Dreambox Learning is an online program designed for ages 5-8 that has educational games that are individualized for students, adapting the curriculum just for them. Cost– $12.95/month or $59.95/6 months and they also offer a 2 week free trial.
- K5 Learning is a multi-award winning online after-school study program for kids in kindergarten to grade 5 that uses adaptive technology to help kids develop instant recall of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Cost-Monthly subscription First child $25 additional children $15 annual subscription first child $199 additional children $129. The site also offer a 14 day free trial.
- Time4Learning for homeschool, afterschool, and summer skill sharpening, Time4Learning’s award-winning pre k to eighth grade curriculum combines the technology kids love with the education they need to make learning fun. Cost$19.95/month for the first child and $14.95/month for each additional child.
- Maths-Whizz from the U.K is an award-winning online’ math tutor’ that uses interactive animations and tutoring methods to deliver measurable results. Includes math resources and math games for kids. Cost -$19.99 per month, per child or try the free trial.
- ALEKS for ages 5-18 is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that has a “complete curriculum solution for math with access to full course library”(U.S curriculum) that is able to targets gaps in student knowledge. Cost $19.95/month, $179.95/yr or try their three hour free trial.
More Supplemental Math Resources worth Checking Out
If you are looking for some other types of supplemental material there are a few programs that are popular with homeschoolers that can also be helpful for kids in a school program that are worth having a look at. They are:
- JUMP Math is a teaching program originally designed to help struggling math students by breaking concepts down into small steps. JUMP offers curriculum-based programs, materials and training for teachers and parents to enhance math lessons for students in Grades 1-8. The program’s mission is “To enhance the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators.” If you are a parent and are just looking for supplemental resources a great place to start are with the JUMP at Home Worksheets.
- Brain Pop is a fantastic site if you are on the market for a supplemental resource that kids will enjoy doing. Brain Pop is an educational website that has short animated movies for students in grades K-12 (ages 6 to 17) covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, mathematics, arts and music, health and technology that feature the recurring characters Tim and Moby. Brain Pop has about 70 math videos with a huge range of topics. A basic family Brain Pop subscription starts at $99 and you must commit to subscribing for the entire year. Discount codes are occasionally available.
- Watch Know Learn has free educational videos with lots of math content available.
- Help Your Kids with Math: A visual problem solver for kids and parents is a great resource for helping parents help their kids with math.
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