Favourite Educational Resources


This is where parents should start:
  1. Talking Math with Kids. Why and how to talk math with kids, especially informative story examples. Make sure to check out Which One Doesn't Belong.
  2. Explorations: Peter Liljedahl calls these numeracy tasks. Download one and talk about it with your kids. Even though he has grouped by age, don't be restricted to those suggestions. In particular, older kids (and adults) can still get a lot out of discussing even the "K-3" scenarios.
  3. NRICH: healthy math snacks. go online for 5 minutes and you will have a great activity to do with your kids. They also now have Wild Maths
  4. Let's Play Math (Math Teachers at Play): curated linkfest that will take you to other great sources of ideas. This is for when you have time to browse and plan. The book, Let's Play Math, is also a great place to get started.
  5. Mike's Lawler's blog: wonderful collection of (mostly) videos of his family working through problems, puzzles and mathematical explorations. 
I just found mathpickle and am debating where to put it on this list of highlights. Maybe tied for 5th?

Mindset for teaching math at home
  1. Growth mindset and math (Jo Boaler)
  2. Talking Math with Kids http://talkingmathwithkids.com/  
  3. Kids Quadrant http://kidsquadrant.com/
  4. Mathematicians talk about what they do with their own kids
  5. Mathematicians talk about their own childhood experiences

Philosophy (of math and of teaching math)
  1. Math habits of mind: one of my favorites that I cannot recommend highly enough
  2. Lists of Math habits of mind: worthy companion to the previous item
  3. Mathsemantics: a really great book
  4. Lockhat’s A Mathematician’s Lament: http://www.maa.org/devlin/lockhartslament.pdf
Other people's resource lists
Analog world
This list includes posts or items that teach a specific concept.
  1. Ok, these are gifs, but anyway a cool way to kick-off a conversation: http://solvemymaths.com/category/maths-gif-of-the-day/ These are also awesome: http://blog.matthen.com/archive
  2. Vi Hart. Absolutely love her material. Here personal website and here is one youtube channel (I think she has another). A particularly fun one about snakes and graphs. Vi goes fast, so you will probably watch many times, go explore what she's talking about, go back and learn more, repeat.
  3. Mathematical Etudes. I'm putting this here because I recommend starting with the videos. There are accompanying notes that add some explanation to what you see on the video. Plow through the rough translation and talk about how cool all this stuff is.  

Gateways to mathematical inspiration
These aren't specific to particular content, so I read them for new activities, general inspiration or amusement.
How to teach
Math for you (more advanced material)
General parenting


Summer Math programs
These are all for high school aged children:
  1. PROMYS: http://www.promys.org/
  2. Ross (mother of the PROMYS program): http://www.math.osu.edu/ross/
  3. Hampshire college: http://www.hcssim.org/
  4. Long list: http://www.ams.org/programs/students/high-school/emp-mathcamps

Teacher resources:

These are either things that are only available for teachers or, IMHO, won't really benefit parents. I haven't organized them very extensively as this has not been our area of focus.

Summer programs
Things that initially looked good, but we don't use them.

Special sub-category: gone but not forgotten
------------------------------Below this are things Still to be organized.---------------------------------

Resources for math activities


    1. http://www.resourceaholic.com/
    2. http://neutraldrifts.blogspot.com/
    3. http://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/symmetry/radspir1.htm
    4. http://mathtwitterblogosphere.weebly.com/cool-things-weve-done-together.html
    5. https://brilliant.org/
    6. http://prethomework.weebly.com/
    7. http://www.emaths.co.uk/
    8. http://www.mathrecreation.com/
    9. https://learnzillion.com/
    10. http://studyjams.scholastic.com/
    11. https://www.mathfactcafe.com/
    12. https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/
    13. http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/Lessons/index.html
    14. http://mrseteachesmath.blogspot.com/
    15. http://paper.li/mrpinizzotto/1401236729
    16. https://missquinnmaths.wordpress.com/
    17. http://rationalexpressions.blogspot.com/
    18. http://banhar.blogspot.com/
    19. http://www.base-ten.com/tm/
    20. http://www.yummymath.com/
    21. http://danielsongroup.org/framework/
    22. http://wild.maths.org/
    23. http://www.moebiusnoodles.com
    24. http://www.arguingwithalgorithms.com/posts/
    25. International Tournament of Young Mathematicians: reading and critiquing the proofs is a fun exercise: http://www.itym.org/
    26. Art of problem solving: http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/
    27. www.mathletics.co.uk: very procedural, but fun competitive format.
    28. Origami and string designs (many online)
    29. algebra worksheets: http://algebrafunsheets.com/
    30. Spanish math blogs: a big list, young mathematician, what doesn't kill you, SOS.
    31. http://www.growingsmartkids.com/
    32. http://www.homeschoolmath.net/online/math_games_fun.php
    33. http://www.funbrain.com/

    Ref: TeX symbols
    script to put at top of posts:

    <script type="text/x-mathjax-config">   MathJax.Hub.Config({tex2jax: {inlineMath: [['$','$'], ['\\(','\\)']]}}); </script> <script src="http://cdn.mathjax.org/mathjax/latest/MathJax.js?config=TeX-AMS-MML_HTMLorMML" type="text/javascript"> </script>


    Math Devil: have found this to be quite good. Discussed in blog post here.
    Smullyan's Puzzle books: Alice in Puzzle Land, What's the Name of this Book, Chess Mysteries of the Arabian Nights and Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
    List from Mike Lawler that was his response to this twitter sourced list at Aperiodical

    Beast Academy
    Art of Problem Solving
    This is not a maths book by Anna Weltman

    The doorbell rang

    The Cat in Numberland

    Phantom tollbooth

    Oliver Selfridge books: Mud, Sticks, Fingers, The Trouble with Dragons
    Flatterland by Ian Stewart
    Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar - and other books by Mitsumasa Anno
    How Much is a Million? - and other books by David Schwartz
    Fractals, Googols, and other Mathematical Tales - and other books by Theoni Pappas
    One Grain of Rice - and some of Demi's other books
    Rob Eastaway's books
    The Dot and the Line - by Norbert Juster (of Phantom Tollbooth fame)
    Books about M.C. Escher
    Alice in Wonderland
    Godel Escher Bach
    Martin Gardner books
    Books by Feynman
    Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem Solving by Greg Tang (get your art and math fix at the same time!)

    Algebra by Artin
    Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar by Masaichiro and Mitsumasa Anno
    How Much is a Million? by David M. Schwartz (my husband still remembers this one fromReading Rainbow)
    Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
    The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman and LeUyen Pham
    MathStart books by Stuart J. Murphy

    Ones I have and know well:
    Trio blocks,
    Lego (of course)
    Zometool (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zome). I've found this breaks easily for young kids, but they will replace broken parts.
    Sum swamp: ok game for some basic arithmetic, parents will quickly tire of it.
    Settlers of Catan
    Blackjack (traditional)
    Chinese Checkers
    Connect 4
    Pattern blocks
    mechanical puzzles. Many sources, two that have a great range: www.puzzlethis.co.uk  and http://www.puzzledup.co.uk/products/index.htm
               backgammon (traditional)
               snakes and ladders (for small children: covers counting and simple addition)
    Have seen/played briefly, but don’t know well
    Hey, That’s My Fish!
    Have been recommended, but I don’t have direct experience:
    The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
    Corridor (Jr)
    Lego mindstorm
    5. Intelligent support for mathematical generalisation (part of London knowledge lab) http://www.lkl.ac.uk/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=193&Itemid=91
    9.    Wolfram computer based math: http://www.computerbasedmath.org/

    11. Nichole Paris’s blog (another math teacher): http://orangamallows.blogspot.com/


    1. a friend wrote:
      This is an interesting talk, and there are others on their site.


      Other resources

    2. What a list! Here's another to consider, which we are just starting to pilot: http://tiltontec.com/

      1. Unfortunately, your product doesn't make my list. Tracy Zager has recently written a really good post that might help you see what is lacking: Criteria for fact based app.

        I'm also open to the possibility I didn't see the product you wanted me to check out. What I looked at (tiltonsalgebra.com) is a collection of (external?) videos and straight drill problems. However, that product doesn't really match what I expected from your bio at teh the bottom of the tiltontec.com landing page.

    3. Thank you for sharing your experiences and resiurces. I am particularly interested in the math habits of the mind but find the link leads to a general website, is it a book, an article? Could the link be broken?
      Would love to read an entire post on your thoughts and exploration of this topic.

      1. Wow, sorry that I neglected this for so long. Indeed, that link appears to be broken. Here's a link to the PDF: Habits of Mind. In case it gets broken again, the best search terms I suggest for this paper are "mathematical habits of mind cuoco goldenberg."

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