I was chosen as a reviewer for a product I had never heard of, called (are you ready?!) Stinky Kid Math!
Stinky Kid Math works on a concept-based method to teach how math actually works. Your student will learn the how and why of concepts from Pre-algebra, Algebra, and Geometry, making the abstract concepts accessible to everyone, even if they (like me) have always struggled with math.
Stinky Kid Math is an online program, offering over 300 video lessons (which are not very long, helpful for those with a short attention span!), many of which also have a printable worksheet. You will also find the corresponding text that you can print off, if your student would benefit from being able to both view AND read what is being taught.
Next, we have games to reinforce the concepts being taught during the time online. There are five games the student may play, called Geometry Runner, Math-A-Mole, Geometry Playground, Integer Game, and Shifter.
There are different ways you can use Stinky Kid Math. As a supplement, you may choose to go to the point your student needs extra help with, moving through the program that way. You can also, as we chose to do, begin at the beginning and follow the lessons in order. I chose this path because my son “The Artist” has not had much experience as of yet with Algebra or Geometry.
Stinky Kid Math is pretty easy to get around in. There are buttons for the lessons, and when the student clicks on them, they break down further to show him what is available for that lesson. He will see if it is just the video, or if there is a portion of the textbook or a worksheet to print out as an aid in practicing the concept being taught.
At any time, the student may play any game on the site. I like that. They do not need to get to a certain point in their learning to “earn” a game. I like to think that this is because the games actually help cement what they are learning in other areas of Stinky Kid Math.
As I said above, I asked “The Artist” to begin at the beginning, so that is what he did. I wish I could say that he loved Stinky Kid Math, but so far, he is not very thrilled with it. 😦 He feels that the teacher talks in such a way that makes him think the assumption is that the student is “stupid” I plan to go over it with him again, and see if I should have started him further into the lessons. It may simply be a matter of having begun with things he already knew, and not realizing I was doing this.
I think this is a good online program for teaching these concepts in a way that just about anyone could understand, possibly even ME! 🙂
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