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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Math Cats was developed by a teacher with more than 18 years of experience and features an array of open-ended math activities (rather than drill and practice). The site is ad free and is perfectly appropriate for elementary school-age kids.
What's it about?
Did you ever try to balance a fat cat with a donkey? It can't be done unless you try the magic scale at MATH CATS. There, you can multiply and divide what's on each side of the scale until balance is achieved. Try it with the planet Earth vs. a pyramid. There are plenty of hints and ideas to explore the relative weights of these unusual items. Next, try your hand at creating a virtual mobile. Click and drag to adjust the size of the arms, vertical strings, and weights.Then experiment with polygons, symmetry, and tessellations in the \"Math Crafts\" area, and -- with a special free browser plug-in -- explore MicroWorlds of interactive math (or art?) activities.
Is it any good?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the skills used in the games on the site can be applied to the real world and everyday life. Do activities like the ones here make math more fun? Why or why not?
Help your kids recognize instances when you use basic math in everyday life: while cooking, driving, or paying for an item with cash.
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