Math seems to be a subject that you either love or love to hate. I think the reason that people hate math is they simply do not understand it which can make it extremely frustrating. But learning math can be fun. Yes, I did just use “math” and “fun” in the same sentence! Stinky Kid Math presents math concepts in a way that helps students understand with the use of videos, worksheets and games.
About the Product
Stinky Kid Math is an online math program. You will need an active internet connection that is fast enough to watch videos. At this time, only the games cannot be played on iPad and iPhones but that is being developed. Although it is not required, I would suggest a printer to print off the worksheets and book portions. Basically, if you can watch You Tube videos on your device, you can use this program on it too.
This program covers Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry. It is designed to be a supplemental program but using one of the options, it would suffice as a complete course but I would still recommend some extra practice to consider it a full course. Now, let’s discuss those options.
The program is very flexible and you can use it how it best suites your needs – you can search for a particular math concept, you can go through the lessons under each level or you can opt to view every lesson in order. Viewing every lesson in order would be your choice if you want to use this as your base curriculum. There are 316 videos if I counted correctly. 🙂
The site is extremely easy to navigate. On the left sidebar, each of the main topics is listed and then a menu is expanded with more options.
The above shows the courses within Foundational Algebra. Then all you do is click on the course you want. Let’s choose Language of Equations.
As you can see, Language of Equations offers eight different video clips. We have found that most have less but it doesn’t really matter because the video clip themselves are less than 5 minutes and very concise. There’s no extra fluff. You can see if there’s a corresponding book chapter and/or worksheets both on the screen where you click on the videos and also those options will appear on the right sidebar as you watch the videos as shown below.
I love that the lessons show how math applies in real life. See how in the above video, he discusses percentages while in a store that is having a sale?
The book portion provides the “textbook”. It is also very concise. I found that it was nice to print out for reference but not really necessary unless it’s a topic where the student is struggling. It is more helpful printed out in color.
The worksheets can be printed out and completed. An answer key is also provided. There are 78 worksheets topics. The worksheets just offers a few problems to be worked out from the lesson that was just watched.
Other than the lessons, there are games to play to reinforce math topics. There are five games available:
- Geometry Runner
- Geometry Playground
- Integer Game
I loved that my son was playing by using graphing without complaining when he always complains about doing that on worksheets. The games were fun.
In the Trenches
We opted to go ahead and use the program by just starting right at the first lesson and working on through it. Only when he came to an area that was a challenge, did I require the worksheets. My son was also allowed to play any of the games at any time, not just which game would offer more practice to a matching lesson. I went ahead and printed out the book portions so we would have it as a reference; however, I wished my color printer was working because I think that would be more helpful.
I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who has a student that is struggling in one of the levels this program covers. The price is only $9.99 a month at the time of this review and there’s no commitment and if you sign up on the website, it states that you can get a month for free. No worries there!