I’ll bet you never heard of a math program called “stinky,” have you?
Well, now you have! For the last month and a half, Jackson and I have been reviewing an online math program called Stinky Kid Math, along with other bloggers from the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Stinky Kid Math is an online teaching program for students (and their parents) of pre-algebra, algebra and geometry. It can be used by middle schoolers, high school students, university students or others who’re just seeking a better understanding of these math subjects. We received a six month membership free, for the purposes of review.
So what is Stinky Kid Math?
Todd Matia, the founder and CEO of Stinky Kid Math, knows that mathematical concepts can be tough for students to grasp. (Or parents, for that matter!) Let’s face it; we’ve all had math books that have taught different concepts completely differently. (Parents probably remember “math” and “new math” from their own childhood learning!) And sometimes, we need to have something explained a number of times before things really click in our minds. So, Matia developed a system and an online learning website that teaches the basic mathematical language and ideas of pre-algebra, algebra (both 1 & 2) and geometry. It has proven to be successful for students, teachers and parents.
The Stinky Kid Math company believes that ANYONE can do math successfully; and that it can be both fun and enjoyable, as well as understandable. Within the Stinky Kid Math website, students may: watch videos on particular math concepts; read books on those concepts; complete worksheets on the subject; and play math games.
Stinky Kid Math has a series of videos that teach the concepts of the following math subjects; foundational algebra, complex algebra, and geometry. Would you believe that there are over 350 videos that teach these subjects at the Stinky Kid Math website?
The videos are relatively short, and each is focused on clearly teaching the concepts that comprise these math subjects. Here is a sampling of what you’ll find under each subject:
Foundational Algebra (pre-algebra and algebra 1)
- Algebraic properties
- Basic operations
- and more
Complex Algebra (Algebra 1 and 2)
- Solving for “x”
- Linear systems
- and more
- Types of solids (3D)
- Surface area (3D)
- Volume (3D)
- Lines (2D)
- Quadrilaterals (2D)
- Circles (2D)
- and more
That really is just a sampling; there is more under each math category than I listed here! But under each sub-category, Stinky Kid Math has included two additional important items: a downloadable book, which contains the lessons from each sub-category, and worksheets so that the student can demonstrate mastery of what has been learned.
There are also math games included on this site, which add a fun component to math study.
How we used Stinky Kid Math
Since we are about 8 weeks into the study of pre-algebra, we logically chose to begin at the beginning of Stinky Kid Math, with the section entitled Algebra Properties. We used the online learning generally about two times per school week. My son Jackson, who is in 8th grade, and I would watch the video. I had printed the book that goes with this section (I am a big believer in having a book to go along with video lessons, simply because I see greater absorption of subjects when we use both), so he used that to follow along with the lessons. We covered all of the lessons in this first section, plus more in the second section.
I also assigned Jackson math games to play, after he watched the lessons and videos. (The math games on the Stinky Kid Math site include Geometry Runner, Geometry Playground, Shifter, Math-a-Mole, and Integer Game.)
I found these lessons to be very effective in the concepts they taught. The videos are presented in an interesting way. We’re at the very beginning of all these subjects, so Jackson is at the start of the learning curve on this information. On a couple of the videos, the concepts were completely new for us. That’s not really a problem though; with a Stinky Kid Math membership you can watch the videos as many times as you like. Or, you can return to them again later once you’ve progressed to that point.
This year, I am giving Jackson several different assignments in our math period each day. It is not (I’m sorry to say) our favorite subject, yet it is still crucial that my son gains mastery in it. So, in a given day, we’ll do a lesson of our pre-algebra curriculum. Then, Jackson does a worksheet on a related math subject, or a review of a past one. Some days we’ll play a math game (such as math dice games, or card games). Then, we’ve been able to add a video lesson from Stinky Kid Math or a math game from their website. I am really excited about this, because I believe it’s going to help him have a more well-rounded math education. As well as making the whole math process more enjoyable, which I think can help reduce math anxiety as well assisting with learning.
Another thing I appreciate is that parents or teachers can pick up different ways to teach information. Stinky Kid Math is almost like a continuing education program for instructors. Talk about a dual-purpose program! And in addition, there is an activity log on the user account so you can see at a glance what your child has worked on, or what you need to assign next.
If you’re looking for some extra help in teaching the algebras and/or geometry, I believe you will find Stinky Kid Math to be an excellent tool for both you and your child. Whether you are a math-lover (or its converse) or not!
You can even sign up for a free 1-month trial of Stinky Kid Math, so you can experience this excellent program for yourself. After the free trial, membership is $9.99 per month. This low price gives you complete access to all the lessons, worksheets, books and games. It’s a great deal for parents and students!
Check out Stinky Kid Math. It may be just what you’re looking for!
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