During the past few years, we’ve searched for different ways to supplement our daughters’ education. When our girls were younger, we discovered XtraMath, a free website that helps children learn their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Our girls were able to build a strong foundation playing XtraMath games and learn to answer questions within a few second, an important skill in our school.
Now that they’ve outgrown XtraMath, I went in search of a new program. After researching a few different options, we found Kahn Academy. We’re completely hooked on this site.
Kahn Academy describes its mission as “A free world-class education for anyone anywhere. Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.” And, there’s a charming back story about how Kahn Academy got its start which will make you feel good about the organization’s mission and success.
Our girls do one or two Kahn Academy lessons every day. The journey starts with a pre-test so the system can determine your current level. After that you learn incrementally harder math lessons by mastering your current level. If students have problems there are options available from a video to a hint. Students have a limited number of hints, but it rarely takes more than one or two before our girls can answer the problem correctly.
What we really like about the Kahn Academy site it that it’s so much more than just math. Our girls really like watching the Brain Scoop videos produced by the Field Museum. The girls admire Emily Graslie, the Field’s Chief Curiosity Correspondent. They have devoured her work and eagerly await more. After watching the Brain Scoop videos, our girls turned to the Kahn Academy Library for more information. The Kahn Academy Library has options from science to humanities to economics and finance. The partner content comes from esteemed organizations such as “The Museum of Modern Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Stanford School of Medicine, LeBron asks and MIT+K12.”
No matter what your children’s learning needs or interests, you can find something to engage them at the Kahn Academy. And, if your kids protest, remind them that LeBron is on the site. There’s no reason you can’t be cool and smart.
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