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Math Games

Children can never have enough math practice. They should be practicing math skills over and over and over until they are like second nature.  Here is a site that has almost 80 different math games that your child can play online.  Check it out, you be certain to find a game that is just right for continued math practice for your child.

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APPS For First Graders

I continue to search for recommended APPS for both Reading and Math for First Graders and Kindergartners.  These are the latest APPS that I have found for you.

Math Magic

This APP is well reviewed and is simple and easy to use.   Child only has to tap the screen to give the correct answer.  For ages 3-8

MathSmart First Grade

Designed to help kids learn first grade math.

Top Ten First Grade APPS for iPhone:

These are the 10 APPS

  • Successfully Learning Mathematics, grade 1
  • I Spy Phonics
  • Jungle Time
  • Iwrite Words
  • Math Bumpies
  • Montesessori Crosswords
  • I Know Phonics
  • Word Bingo by ABCya
  • Math Bingo by ABCya
  • Teachme 1st Grade (Highly Recommended)


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The iPhone Mom

While doing some research to find suitable APPS for young children, I came across this blog written by a mom for moms.  The iPhone Mom searches, and reviews and then makes recommendations on age appropriate APPS for your child.  Take a look.

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Math and Reading Sites for Online Practice

Many parents are beginning to realize that school will be ending very soon. Although their children are counting the minutes until summer vacation begins and they won’t have to come to school, many parents are realizing the importance of keeping up with the skills that have been learned in school all throughout the summer months.  Ask any teacher and you will hear about how your child’s learned skills can be, and often are, lost during the summer.  This does not have to be!  Your child should be practicing/reviewing math and language arts (reading and writing) every day! Yes, every day.  Of course not all day long – summer is summer after all, but at least 30 minutes a day should be set aside for ‘school’ work.  I encourage my parents to make it part of the daily family schedule so that their child is expecting it and knows that he/she is going to be doing it.  The best review is spent one on one with your child so that your child sees that you value what he/she is doing and the importance of doing the review work.  In addition to the work that you will be doing with your child, I have put together a list of free online sites offering math and reading games where your child can ‘review’ at his/her own pace.  Check them out, you might find a few perfect ones that will be just right for your child entering Kindergarten, First grade or Second grade.
First Grade math sites:
2nd grade:

math and reading

Create your own worksheets and flashcards

all kinds of math

more math

lots and lots of games with links to other online sites with math games

lots of number practice

lots of facts to practice, not just numbers

math games


lots of different games, not just math

math, brain teasers, jokes

links to 50 or more websites for kids

more math games


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Build Your Wild Self

Today’s posting is totally for fun! I don’t know about your first grader or Kindergartner, but where I am, the first graders and Kindergartners are ready for Halloween.  Really ready! Not to mention the weatherman is predicting snow for tomorrow, in Virginia, in October! The children are full of energy and very much out of sorts. I found this fun website from the New York Zoos and Aquarium.  Children can create a ‘wild’ version of themselves by adding animal body parts to a girl or boy cartoon.  Endless fun for a weekend when your child will need to expend lots of energy as they wait for trick or treating on Monday night.  I hope your child enjoys this site.

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First Grade Computer Games

Math, language arts, fine motor, mouse control skills …you will find them all here. Check out this site that has lots of fun computer activities for your rising first grader:

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Using a Mouse

I took my entire Kindergarten class to the computer lab today and was surprised at how many children struggled when using a mouse.  Although many of my children have complete access to a computer at home, many are not allowed to use the family computer.  Parents I would like to encourage you to have your child use the computer at home with your supervision as he/she will be asked to use a computer at school more and more as he/she gets older and practice at home can only help.  Another tip would be for you to purchase a smaller mouse that would be a better fit for your child’s small hand.  I have found a website that has games for mouse practice that would be great for your Kindergartner.

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