Friday, September 11, 2015

Stinky Kid Math REVIEW

Stinky Kid Math Review
Hey everyone! I am so happy to bring you this review of Stinky Kid Math. I was graciously given a 6 month Stinky Kind Math subscription for the whole site! Stinky Kid Math is a fun supplemental math program that uses real life videos and scenarios, colorful text, and an engaging teacher to reinforce and help teach math concepts. Stinky Kid Math is not certified to be a stand alone math curriculum. 
How we used this: 
We used this as a fun break from our day to day work. We also used this as a great way to introduce topics, and as a tutor of sorts for more confusing topics. There are a LOT of topics covered, too. Percents, solving for X, Decimals, Fractions, Pre-algebra, Geometry, Algebra, Paraboles...OH MY! (Sorry...I had to!) There are videos for every topic, a worksheet, and a text book area. 
Each main topic is broken down into subtopics. In each subtopic you'll find a list of lessons, and inside the lesson is the video, text, and worksheet. As you can see, the main topic is Foundational Algebra, and there are a number of subtopics here. 
From the lesson you have a number of options, such as watching the video, looking at the text, or working the worksheet.
Here is a video. As you can see, the folks at Stinky Kid Math utilize a variety of locations and backgrounds for their videos, and they really make use of color! 
Here is another video snippet. 

This is a snippet of the text book. This is very similar to a standard text book, and it is a great resource to help further explain a concept. I really like the use of colors, and we found that to be a nice help. 




Here is a snip of a worksheet. I like the different font, instead of the standard Arial style font. I'm not sure if one can download and print these or not. We just used pencil and paper on our own to transcribe the problems. 



 Another fun thing about Stinky Kid Math is the games! The games are short lived, and entertaining while teaching and reinforcing mathematical concepts. They are not overly arcade like, and they do not encompass a great deal of difficulty. I think we would have enjoyed them a bit more if there was more of a puzzle aspect to them, or points/scores for each game.  There are a number of games, and you can choose to play them over and over.


The game below you choose a shape and you can stretch and move it around in various ways.



Overall:

Overall I found Stinky Kid Math to be an age appropriate math supplement that is varied and fun. I wouldn't use it as a stand alone curriculum with out supplementing with more work, since each lesson only has 1 worksheet. We really liked the variety and novelty, and the colorful presentations. The lessons aren't very long, and the games are a nice addition. 





Does Stinky Kid Math Pass My 4 ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

This is intended to be a supplement so you can move around as you need. Naturally, with math it is best to move in order, but if your child is ahead there is no need to start at the very beginning. And you can easily go back if needed, also.



2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?


Stinky Kid Math covers a wide range of topics that would cover a varying spectrum of ages. You aren't locked into a specific grade level.


3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?


We did not find it boring at all. It is varied enough that it kept MY attention and Mr. B's, and that's saying a lot. The videos aren't boring, and the changing backgrounds really help to minimize any boredom. The same can be said about the colors.

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have?

This works as a great supplement to any existing math curriculum you may be using, or you could use this as your main and add additional supplemental materials as deemed necessary-but remember this is not certified as a stand alone curriculum. 




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