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An array of open-ended math activities rather than drill and practice. No fancy graphics or sophisticated design, but plenty of cute cats. Activities encourage exploration and focus on practical, entertaining application and creation.

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Jam-packed with math problems disguised as fun games. No fluff here, only games that require complex skills, student-made video tutorials, logic puzzles, beginning programming, and an amazing supply of word problems.

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A "prequel" to Motion Math: Hungry Fish, this is a good introduction to addition for kids who have difficulty understanding numbers as concepts and/or math language.

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Clever way to learn the number line. Kids can practice with numbers 1 to 1,000, learning how numbers relate to each other and what decimals and negatives really mean. Six levels are free; buy to unlock the other 18.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
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Quick, before school starts: Send your kids to this edu-site to brush up on math, science, English, and social studies. Layout is a bit busy, but lots of games and opportunities for drill practice.

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Help Your Child at Home

  • Pick a word of the day, starting each day with a different letter. Have your child write the word and look for things in your home that begin with the same letter.
  • Look for word problems in real life. For example, if you use five eggs to make breakfast, close the egg carton and ask your child, "How many eggs are left?"
  • Try using "we" frequently in conversation, helping kids learn family rules and your family’s culture. This can help give kids a sense of security and belonging, and it can help them understand your family's rules and values.