What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that GCFLearnFree - Math Basics is a collection of self-paced tutorials that cover arithmetic, everyday math, and spreadsheets in a no-cost, ad-free environment. GCFLearnFree - Math Basics teaches math for employment; elementary and middle school kids will be able to follow along but won't relate to some of the practice situations. The material is designed to teach people who are not already learning math elsewhere.
What kids can learn
Engagement, Approach, Support
Practice situations are relevant to daily life and offer chances for play, practice, and self-assessment. Activities are self-paced so kids control how fast or slow they want to go.
A few teaching methods are used so kids can find what works best. Games and simulations differ in length, complexity, and usefulness, but all tutorials provide practice opportunities with answers and reviews.
Users can track progress and quiz scores with a free account. The tutorials are assembled from other learning areas of GCFLearnFree's expansive suite of lessons and activities.
What's it about?
Math Basics consists of about a dozen math-based tutorials assembled from other learning areas of GCFLearnFree's expansive suite of lessons and activities. Once kids click a topic, they may watch a video or follow step-by-step lessons, then practice with interactive activities, games, simple simulations, practice problems and quizzes. All Math Basics tutorials are self-assessed and users can sign up for a free account to track their progress and quiz scores.
Is it any good?
GCFLearnFree - Math Basics uses proceeds from Goodwill stores to create and provide education. Subjects are based on tech trends, workplace needs, and learner input gained from social media, exit surveys, and analytics. As a result, it's incredibly relevant and accessible; learners can complete the short, free lessons within the typical online time limits at public libraries or they can print them on a few sheets of paper. The math is procedural; learners are dutifully told to "carry the 1" when adding without getting at the concept behind regrouping groups of tens, hundreds, and so on. Even so the design is sound, with chances for play, practice, and self-assessment. It's well done, and not just in a "good for a free site" kind of way.
Families can talk about...
How does a basketball coach use math? What about a marine biologist, a ballerina, or a cartoonist? Have a "math scavenger hunt" and challenge kids to uncover how math is used in jobs other than retail or banking. Even basic math skills like counting, counts.
Investigate famous math mistakes such as the square windows on the Havilland Comet or the conversion error that lost the $125 million Mars Climate Observer.
Read our advice about how to use technology resources appropriately to improve performance in school.