Hi Ms. Snead,
You have definitely come to the right place. Thinkfinity.org has many free resources for math from our content partner Illuminations. One of our newest interactives that helps children develop their math skills is Calculation Nation. The students have to create a login which requires minimal information. The site is free and provides wonderful math challenges formatted like games.
On the Thinkfinity.org site, if you select At Home & Afterschool on the gold navigation bar, you will see Parents & Kids in the drop-down menu. Select that tab, and a web page will appear with many resources including math for children.
You have mentioned your daughter is in the eighth grade, so I'm going to suggest a Thinkfinity web site where you can choose the appropriate grade levels 6-8. Go to Student Interactives, scoll to the bottom of the page, select the grade levels 6-8, and click on Mathematics. That link will take you to many resources that you can choose from to assist your daughter with her math homework.
I also recommend that you join a new group in the Community Parents & Families where you can ask questions in discussions and share homework ideas with other parents as well as educators.
If you are looking for a specific math area, please let me know, and I will find additional help for your daughter.
Thanks for joining the Verizon Thinkfinity Community and sharing your question.
Verizon Thinkfinity Community Host
Welcome to Thinkfinity Community, Ms. Snead,
I encourage you to join the group, Parents and Families (you can click on this link or you can also find this group by selecting Browse > Groups in the gold navigation bar and search for Parents & Families).
When you find the group you will want to look on the right under the Actions menu for a link to Join this group. As a member of this group you will be able to post questions there and receive help from our many experts who frequent the group.
Posting in the Parents & Families group will give you the opportunity to talk with parents, like yourself, and other educational experts, all who have expertice to share.
Can you post there what topics in math your 8th grade daughter is having trouble learning? With that information one of our hosts can guide you to some specific resources that may help you help her.
I look forwad to seeing you in the Parents & Families group. You have found the right place, now let's see if we can get you the specific answers you need.
While I agree that Illuminations is absolutely wonderful, I'd like to suggest a couple of other sites you might wish to check out: http://www.khanacademy.org/ offers a multitude of videos, many in math which explain key concepts in simple terms; another site which can help is http://www.hippocampus.org/ which offers help in algebra and is aligned to many textbooks.
I am glad this discussion question found it's way into the Parent and Families Group:)
I put together a presentation for middle school math teachers and found some engaging math resources that cover all 5 "strands", but we can call them Math "concepts/categories" for the sake of this group to leave off the educator lingo. These math concepts are listed below with URLs to resources specifically for middle school kids. I think these resources would be great for kids to do at home!
Also, here is a link to a Word document that lists those middle school math resources. If you want to start with just one of the resources, take a look at the engaging resource to teach about fractions.
1. Number Sense: (To use numbers effectively in everyday life)
3. Algebra and Functions :
4. Measurement and Geometry:
5. Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability:
6. Mathematical Reasoning: