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Kids can learn to solve age-appropriate, multi-step problems involving number operations, measurement, algebra, reasoning, data, geometry, statistics, trigonometry, and more. A “Getting Started” link boosts thinking with questions, introductory problems, and experimentation ideas. The “Solutions” link shows what other kids thought as they solved the problem. NRICH shows kids how to think mathematically and empowers kids to decide how much problem solving support they want or need.
Kids build confidence in their abilities to solve problems in math and in everyday life. Problems reinforce the approach over the answer, drawing on strengths that may not show during timed computation activities.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that NRICH's free K-12 math activities require kids to use mathematical thinking; this type of problem solving can take a while, so encourage kids to stick with it. For math-anxious grown-ups, there are solutions and plenty of tips in NRICH's parent-friendly teaching area. Funded by England's University of Cambridge, NRICH is geared toward a British audience; however, grade level info is given for both United Kingdom and United States systems (e.g. UK Key Stage 1 = US Grade 1 and 2). Some problems are wordy but parents can print the pages and/or read them aloud if necessary.
Is It Any Good?
Kids whose palms sweat over speed drills may welcome the slower pace and creativity required to solve problems on NRICH. (It’s solid for kids who kill at those drills, too.) They can engage deeply with innovative "Live" problems that make math both social and conceptual; kids can work together on solutions and must recognize there are multiple ways to get the same result. For example, accepted solutions to the Coordinate Patterns problem involved making a table, finding a pattern, and using an equation -- all lead to the same correct answer. There are projects, too and a special section of activities that support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. The site's assortment of math content and its support for parents and teachers through professional development have earned several well-deserved educational endorsements in the United Kingdom.
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