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Subject: Suggestions for 3rd grade math
Date Posted: 3/26/2008 8:40 AM ET
Member Since: 11/17/2005
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While we don't home school, I thought this might be the perfect place to find recommendations for books for my granddaughter who is in 3rd grade and seems to be struggling a bit with her math.  Seems they are doing multiplication and division and what looks to me like the beginnings of algebra and geometry.  There also seem to be quite a bit of logic type math problems she is working on.  I am looking for books that might make learing these things a bit easier for her and since she spends a lot of time with me I was hoping for some good suggestions on things we can work on together.  Thanks in advance for any info and suggestions.

Marilynn

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 11:56 AM ET
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Your granddaughter is lucky to have such a helpful grandma!

The Critical Thinking Company (www.criticalthinking.com) has all sorts of great workbooks you could use.  If you click on the online store button for parents (on the left side of the page), you can then click on a grade level. 

Their Mind Benders series of workbooks focuses on deductive thinking skills.  (The workbooks are full of problems like this: "Davis, Edwards, and Jones are an astronaut, a computer programmer, and a skin diver.  Davis is not the astronaut or the programmer.  Jones is not the astronaut.  What does each person do?"  The books show you how to make a chart to solve the problem.  I always loved those in school!  Did I mention I'm sort of a geek?)  :) 

If that's not the kind of logic problem you're looking for, they have other great workbooks too.  Hope that helps!

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 7:11 PM ET
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Hi Dana

Thanks for the compliment.  I try to help her where ever I can cause that's just want grandma's do!  LOL

Thanks too, for the link for the workbooks.  That is exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for.  I knew that all you home-schoolers would have the answer!  :-)

I'll check out the site and pick out some books that I think will help her.

Thank you again for heading me in the right direction.

 

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 7:18 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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My son loves this math site:

www.mathsisfun.com

and this one:

www.iknowthat.com

If you're looking for a drill-type book, I love the Calculadders.  I personally know the publishers.  They are an awesome family with 12 kids!

www.calculadder.com/intro/view_calc.htm

I prefer the CD-rom since I can print the pages as few, or as many times, as I need them.

JC

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 8:10 PM ET
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Thanks JC  I appreciate it and  I'll look into those as well. 

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 9:03 AM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2007
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Here's a few more that are interactive and look like fun

http://jmathpage.com/

http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

http://www.mathnerds.com/mathnerds/ There are tutors here

 

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 10:01 AM ET
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Thanks Gina!    I'm bookmarking those sites for my granddaughter.  One in particular looks really great!  I think she will enjoy using it.

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 10:16 AM ET
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I received The Old Schoolhouse e-newsletter yesterday, and in it was the link to MathMammoth.  You can sign up to receive a huge file of PDF's (I think it was 200+, but I haven't had a chance to open it yet).  I didn't save the newsletter, but here is the main site:

www.mathmammoth.com/

I'm sure you can find on the site where to order the free pack.

JC

EDITED TO ADD:  Oh, if I just would have scrolled down when I copied the site URL, I would have seen the gray sign up box for the free PDF's!!!  :-)



Last Edited on: 3/27/08 10:18 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/27/2008 12:36 PM ET
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Thanks again JC  -  going to check out the site now.

You have all been so helpful!