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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Math Playground is a site true to its name; it's jam-packed with math problems disguised as fun games. Created by a math teacher and educational consultant, there's nothing fluffy on the site. Games that require specific and complex skills, tutorial videos (made by students), logic puzzles, beginning programming, and an amazing supply of word problems are all here. This site requires the latest Flash Player and Java software; functionality will be missing if you don't have these. Google ads appear on every page.
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What's it about?
At MATHPLAYGROUND.COM, simple to complex math problems are cleverly disguised as puzzles, kid-focused word problems, and concepts illustrated with graphics. Not all of the content is in game format however -- drill and practice computations are plentiful, and video tutorials walk kids through math problems with voice-over and whiteboard-type demonstrations. Kids can send in a math problem they'd like to see in a video with just their name (first name and last initial), age, state, and a description of the problem. Timed flashcards and a template for making printable worksheets can also be found on the site.
Is it any good?
MathPlayground.com might feel like playtime, but kids will get a real brain workout. The site includes a variety of problems covering algebraic reasoning, decimals and percents, multiplication, fractions, addition, subtraction, and logic puzzles, all to stimulate quantitative and methodical thinking. Due to the amount and variety of content on this site, parents may want to help kids pick a section that is relevant to their specific math skill interest or need.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the difference between logic problems and math problems. Which are more difficult to uncover? Discuss how each person learns differently.
Families can also talk about other educational sites that benefit learning and where to find reliable information online.