Category Archives: math

Summer Boot Camp at Virtual Nerd!

Just heard that Virtual Nerd is offering  Math Boot Camp.

From the source:

To help students avoid the “summer slide”, we are offering boot camps in: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Algebra II. The five-week camps cost only $19! A pre-quiz will assess student’s knowledge, and weekly playlists will be assigned to help them attain a better understanding of the subject and build upon concept knowledge. Finally we wrap up with a quiz that assesses how far they have come! We hope you will share the good news. Get started today!

Sounds like a great idea!

I remember a math teacher telling me that, typically, the first third of a math textbook is review from the previous year, the middle third is new material, and the final third is material your usual student never gets to (it’s there for the math whizzes so they don’t run out of math before the school year ends).

Take a look at a math textbook with this in mind. They lose all that information over the summer?

Sounds like Virtual Nerd has come up with a solution to the problem.

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Virtual Nerd update

Have I mentioned how glad I am for Virtual Nerd? (It’s a math tutoring website, available by subscription, if you’re just joining us for the first time.)

I showed Eldest the online lessons on circles and circumference today. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve gone over it. There’s something about watching the video lecture that adds distance, takes emotion out of the equation. The instructor is cheerful and positive, her attitude exudes the message You can DO this!

And after watching the video, repeating some of it (funny how the instructor never tires of repeating herself… not like some people around here I might name), clicking on a couple of the links to underlying concepts (multiplying decimal numbers — just to brush up, as it was something she already knows)…

She can.

Disclaimer: I’m an ambassador for the Virtual Nerd site, which means I’ll be periodically telling you about our experience with Virtual Nerd, as well as updates and special deals.

World Math Day!

World Math Day will be the first day of March.

Click here to go to the World Math Day page. From there you can click on a link to register. World Math Day is free! If you already have a Mathletics subscription, you don’t have to register to gain access to the World Math Day games.

Hope to see you there!

VirtualNerd Homeschool Deal

From the good folks at VirtualNerd:

We are pleased to inform you that because Virtual Nerd (www.VirtualNerd.com) has received such significant interest following your review of our online tutoring service, we are offering a special discount to homeschool parents.  Homeschool parents can receive 50% off the 1 and 3 month subscription plans.  Just enter the discount code:  homeschooldeal when you sign up for service.  That is a huge discount, and hurry – the offer is valid until March 31, 2011!

 

Disclaimer: I’m an ambassador for the Virtual Nerd site, which means I’ll be periodically telling you about our experience with Virtual Nerd, as well as updates and special deals.

Frustrated…

Just when we had hit on a great motivator for doing math (TenMarks’ reward feature) and the girls are working away with a will, we keep running into error messages when one of them submits a worksheet for scoring.

It’s been happening for several days now. We’ve dutifully reported the errors, and I’m sure the tech people are working on it.

I hope they fix whatever the problem is, and soon. I’d hate for the girls to sour on using the site after I went ahead and bought subscriptions.

Virtual Nerd — homeschool-friendly new prices

Just a reminder that Virtual Nerd, the math tutoring video website, has instituted special pricing that makes the site more accessible for home educators.

There’s a 2-hour free trial so you can see how the website works. Check out the videos — for a test drive, look up that elusive math concept that you’ve been trying to explain to your student!

I love the way you can “drill down” through the lectures. You watch an explanation, but stumble on a step with an underlying concept. You click on the step, and get an explanation of that foundational material that you didn’t quite get before… and suddenly it all falls into place.

Anyhow, if your student is stuck and you can’t get past a math concept, why not check out the free trial, or even the one-day $5 deal, which gives you access to all the videos on the website for a 24-hour period?

Click here for more info.

Disclaimer: I’m an ambassador for the Virtual Nerd site, which means I’ll be periodically telling you about our experience with Virtual Nerd, as well as updates and special deals.