Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.
This program has a clean, simple interface with none of the vibrant colors, constant motion and advertising of so many other math websites. Check out the screen shot above–there’s white space! The site is maintained by Creative Logic Solutions, but they make no effort to push their product on you. It is plain and simple a math facts website for grades K-6. No games. No lists of choices. Compare it to another popular math website which my students love called Cool Math 4 Kids (see image to the right). One’s cluttered, busy, frantic. The other, peaceful, orderly, math-like.
Students pick which function they want to practice–addition, subtraction, multiplication, division–then the age group and get started. Because of its simplicity, it’s intuitive. Non-readers will need a bit of guidance, but no one else.
Here’s how it goes: Students click start to play against themselves (with a timer). A horizontal row of problems are layed out. Students solve the first and tab over to the next; solve that and keep going. Sound too basic in the whiz bang world we live in? Given a choice, many of my students pick this program. In fact, it was recommended by them. I didn’t believe they’d pick such an uncluttered interface, but they proved me wrong. Here’s what the ‘game’ page looks like:
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