Review: Stinky Kid Math

Math. Oh, sweet love that is MATH. Some love it (like me!!) and others, well, not so much. Today I’m reviewing a cool math supplement, Stinky Kid MathStinky Kid Math is a video based teaching tool to help parents and students “get” math. To check out more reviews from other crew members on both games, click HERE or on the banner below.

 

Stinky Kid Math Review 

Stinky Kid Math Review 

How does it work?
Stinky Kid Math is an online subscription video streaming service. There are also worksheets connected with many of the videos, but Stinky Kid Math is not currently a full curriculum, (there are gaps with Common Core Standards). Stinky Kid Math covers “algebra and geometry”, though I would definitely say it would start in what is commonly considered “pre-algebra”.

Observations

The basic premise is that the Stinky Kid has a house, and rooms to rent, and through the story and associated visuals, kids can learn algebraic principles. The story of the Stinky Kid was a little long winded for us, though the cute green guy was a hit with me and my son.

We used the videos to supplement Saxon Algebra 1 which my 8th grader is working through. We used Stinky Kid Math by “cherry picking” videos as we needed them to clarify concepts and review things we had forgotten from pre-algebra. When we used the videos we really liked that the videos have REAL people teaching, not a screen with a voice and a moving pen. I think a lot of kids connect much better with people and facial expressions and that’s a big selling point for Stinky Kid Math. Another thing we liked was the length of the videos. They’re short. Like, 5 minutes or less, short. For kids struggling to learn something, that’s a great target time and helps students not feel overwhelmed.

Lastly, the search feature was very helpful. I found it useful in matching the concepts from our book to the learning library on Stinky Kid Math.

Any bad parts?

As I said in the intro to this review, I am a math person. My mom was a math person, as was my dad. We speak Math at home. For me, using math terms (even with kids who struggle with math) is important. It seemed that the Stinky Kid Math program purposely tries to avoid math language. “Numbers on top” replaces “Numerator”, for example. Since I don’t have kids that struggle with math I don’t know if this is an advantage, but for me, it was distracting and overly simplistic.

I will admit that my kids and I were easily distracted by the backgrounds. I totally LOVE that real teachers with REAL faces are talking to the kids, but we spent more time trying to read the coffee shop menu instead of paying attention. (Y’all know I LOVE iced coffee…)

 

Summary:

If you have a child who struggles in understanding math concepts, Stinky Kid Math is definitely worth a look. For $9.99/month you get unlimited access to all the videos, worksheets, and amplifying books (written amplification of the video material).  Yes, there are free options out there, but if those don’t connect with you kids – then please give Stinky Kid Math a try. It definitely approaches concepts from a different perspective than many free options, and does so with simplicity and clarity.

 

Social Media:
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/StinkyKidMath
Twitter- http://twitter.com/StinkyKidMath

 

 

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Art Class

 

 

 

 

As I wrote about in another post, Little is taking an art class with Landry Academy this fall. It’s been a bit of a learning curve for him – turning in assignments, grading his own art, following directions, dropbox… Week 1 was hugely time consuming, and we were nervous about the semester, but it’s mellowed out and he’s now really enjoying the class.

I AM LOVING THIS CLASS.

I love having art projects to work on. I love having a time to sit and draw and listen to George Winston. I love having a deadline. I am just one of those people who needs someone to tell me what to do. (Go figure… 14 years in the military was a good fit for me! LOL!)

What happens without a deadline for me? Well, best intentions and all…

So, I love this. This morning we were working on this week’s project (Big and I join in too. It’s so FUN!!)

Little – working on patterns in nature and made by man…

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Big, working on a pattern of her own design…

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Little’s work…

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And my self made pattern…

 

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Yeah, I know. The white out looks sloppy. It’s honestly a lot better in person. Needless to say the cheap pens I bought to zentangle are AWFUL and need to go in the trash. I thought I was using a fine point and it was like a blunt Sharpie. The fat one that you label moving boxes with.

So if you’re like me and you’re not getting to art, despite your best intentions, SIGN UP FOR A CLASS!! Or, better yet, sign the kids up and just join in on the fun! It’s a blast. You won’t regret it!

 

If you could take an art class yourself, what would you take?!

Fun Middle School Science

As I’ve shared before, I’m having Little take a substantially more unconventional science route this year. He’s already completed an official “8th Grade Science” curriculum, so we decided to made this year more fun. For part of science he’s taking an EV3 Lego Robotics course through Landry Academy. I’ve reviewed Week 1 with Landry here, but now into Week 3 we’re loving this class. It’s been awesome for him to be forced into using the robot and making cool projects.

One of the other approaches we’re taking is for Little to work through the Make : Electronics book by Chris Platt. The book is full of fascinating information on electronics, in a totally readable format. There are 36 experiments in the book. Little is working through 4 experiments a week. We’ll definitely slow down as the projects get more complex.

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Today he’s making a lemon juice battery. Cool middle school stuff here.

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One thing we did to make the whole process easier was to buy the kit from Radio Shack. The kit covers pretty much everything for experiments 1-11 and was about $76 on sale*. They have another kit for the second half of the book*. I suspect with the length of the book and taking a cursory look at the projects/experiments, by using kits 1 and 2 and working through this book will give Little a great background in electronics. As a third facet to his science work – we’ll have him work through some merit badges for stuff we’re already doing (robotics, for example), and this series will be great for his electronics merit badge.

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Another look at the fun. What do you think? Super fun for the 12-14 year old crowd, or what!?

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* I just got home from Radio Shack… The kit 1 at my local store was 25% off, making it $76, and Kit 2 was 50% off making it $59. Score!!!

Done…. Well, one step anyway…

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Little completed his FINAL Eagle Required merit badge last night. Signed off. In the books (hopefully…). He’s a Star Scout now, so this is pretty sweet. We have a lot of transition upcoming in our troop, so every step forward he makes is excellent. I’m so thrilled that this requirement is done. Go Little!!! I’m proud of you!!