Math Made Fun with CoolMath.com
CoolMathis a website dedicated to making math education as enjoyable as possible for kids and teens. Launched in the spring of 1997, the website has grown to be the favorite resource among confused, bored and frustrated middle and high school students who hate math. For parents who don’t know what to do with kids having trouble with algebra, geometry, or other branches of mathematics, here are several reasons why you need to introduce your kids to CoolMath.com:
1) Professionally Taught Math – CoolMath.com was created by Karen Lyn Davis, a teacher of 14 years with a B.A. and M.S. in Mathematics. Karen specializes in Algebra and Calculus, teaching K-8 math education full-time. She revealed that she used to fail math in 6th grade, but found a way to make the subject “fun” in college. Karen Lyn Davis has also taken her lectures to print – she authored several books that focus on pre-calculus, algebra, and math survival guides.
2) Kid-Friendly, Easy to Understand Lessons – The most important aspect of this website is the words and examples used in explaining lectures. Even if a student is learning introduction to factors and primes, fractions, decimals, percents, and other pre-algebra topics, or more complicated subjects such as polynomials, absolute values, exponentials and logarithms, among other pre-calculus subjects, young children and teenagers learn about them easily with graphics and layman terms.
3) Geometry through Art – CoolMath.com has an entire section dedicated to geometry. It includes an extensive math dictionary specific to Geometry definitions, graphics reference for geometry and trigonometry lessons, a gallery of artwork made from math concepts (fractal, polyhedral and tessellations), the geometry of crop circles and interior angles.
4) Practice Problems – To ensure kids really understood each lesson, this CoolMath section provides them with practice problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, long division, time tables, and decimals. Featured in this section are several action games kids can use in practicing different math concepts. CoolMath.com also provides flash cards in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.
5) Spike’s Game Zone – One of the easiest ways students retain knowledge is through games. CoolMath.com has two brainy games to encourage learning – the jigsaw puzzles and brain benders (logic puzzles). Coolmath.com also recommends two other sources for math games – Spike’s Game Zone and CoolMath-Games. Spike’s has over 50 games on http://www.spikesgamezone.com/ to stimulate your ‘math brain.’ Regardless of the game you choose to play, such as soccer, golf, juggling, treasure hunt, invaders, and others, it will not only relax you, but also teach you math concepts. If you’ve mastered each game on the website, you can visit CoolMath’s “brainy games” website at http://www.coolmath-games.com.
6) Parents’ Lounge – CoolMath.com has a section dedicated to parents. It includes tips on preparing toddlers for their first math encounter in school, how to help with homework, how to make a rewards chart for kids, helping kids with different math lessons on the site, and generating math problems to help kids practice what they’ve learned. This section also includes a list of games parents can play with their kids, while explaining math concepts featured in a particular game.
7) Teacher’s Corner – The section for teachers has some very useful information made for educators. Karen Lyn Davis’ “Survivor Algebra” explains how it works and gives teachers a special discount for the guide. In “Karen’s Tricks of the Trade,” the author shares different techniques and “goofy things” she used in the classroom to keep kids motivated and involved during lessons. Teachers are also given instructions on how to make a rewards chart to use in the classroom and an extensive guide for continuing teacher education that includes information about WebQUests, e-portfolios, educational theorists, cooperative learning, suggesting reading, and online forums for teachers, among others. Davis also recommends several courses to take, such as “The Web World of Math,” “Implementing NCTM Standards in K-8 Math,” and “Middle School Math Success.” This section also lists down all resources included in the parent’s lounge.
The only thing that may turn off kids and parents with CoolMath.com is that the website has a lot of ads, but Karen Lyn Davis explains that they do not collect any money from the information they provide, so advertisements help in support of the site’s expenses. Other than that, CoolMath.com is an extremely useful website for young kids, teenagers, teachers and even parents struggling with mathematics or teaching the subject.