Pinning your interests – why Pinterest is my new educational obsession

I like finding things in the Internet but in the past I often emailed myself a link to it or printed the page out now I simply add it to my space on Pinterest.

My boards within Pinterest are organised and make rediscovering my online educational gems much easier.

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I have boards for curriculum areas, whole curriculum skills, professional development etc.

It ultimately saves time and jogs my memory when looking for those great ideas once more.

So feel free repin anything that might interest you!

http://pinterest.com/curriculumni/

Getting Level 4 in Mathematics

There are numerous applications on the market to assist children in preparation for national tests or assessments.

This application from Rising Stars Education is relatively new on the market but it clear that they have done their homework before releasing it.

The app gives children practice in a wide range of areas of Numeracy and Mathematics.

For teachers and parents it is a good application to download as not only does it give practice questions it also tracks a child’s progress.

Number Bonds against the clock

Gurgle apps have developed a great numeracy app.

As parents they realised that few apps assisted with the teaching of number bonds. So they decided to create one.

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Gurgle Numbers for iPad is a fun Maths game that will quickly help teach your children basic Maths skills including their Number Bonds

It certainly does what it says on the tin. I like that it encourages children from a young age to use quick mental recall to answer each question. It is bright and engaging for both foundation and Key Stage One pupils.

Gurgle Numbers for iPad allows you to add as many players as you like and keeps track of the number of stars

This app is ideal for teachers wishing to track pupil progress. My assistant reviewer found it quite addictive, she enjoyed trying to get more stars and beat the clock.

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Times Tables

The app also provides quizzes for times tables. I do like how they give the user the choice of which ones to test up to 12 (which is great as many only go to ten). This app would be ideal for any child requiring reinforcement. I used it with my eldest (aged 8) for practice on a Thursday night before the big Friday test.

There are lots of Maths apps on the market but I really like the feature of each child being up against the clock. It encourages quick mental recall and at 69p, it is well worth the cost. A good buy for parents and teachers alike.

NB It is suitable for a teacher working with one iPad in their classroom.

Times Tables

I believe that one of the most important tools for unlocking Mathematics is knowledge of times tables.

Children need to embed these facts in their memory in order to grasp multiplication and division correctly.

There are numerous ways parents and teachers can impart this crucial knowledge.

Sing with them:

Cambridge English Online Ltd. – You can download their app for free until Friday.
Math Songs: 7x-12x : http://goo.gl/2PdP3
Maths Songs: 7x-12x : http://goo.gl/7Zr50
(Maths for UK, Aus & NZ; Math for RoW)

Let them practice
@keystagefun have a lovely app which is called Times Tables: Squeebles multiplication. Children have to answer times tables questions to rescue Squeebles from the Maths Monster. I really like the fact that I can play against my child. My children love the challenge and of course I let them win sometimes!
Keystagefun

There are thousands of free apps that reinforce this concept but I think this one is ideal for group work or parents at home. It is worth the cost. You can have up to four players on this one app.

Communicate and spend quality time with your child
*Go over them and over them and over them!
*Count out sets – we use Lego for this at home – two sets of two yellow bricks equals four yellow bricks altogether
*Ask them questions where they have to use their knowledge in real life situations.
*Write tricky tables down and stick them where they will see it. Teachers Pet has loads of eye catching resources that will engage your children.

Remember all children learn differently and you should teach them in the way that best suits their learning style.