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I do not pretend to be a math expert or even a math motivator expert. My oldest

loved math and I had little to do with it. However, there are some fun things
on line

that my kids enjoy, as well as good books and contests, which I will share with
you.

http://www.visualfractions.com/
-my 8 year old likes the games at this site

http://brainpop.com/ has a math section - we
do pay for the family membership as

this is highly motivating to my 8 year old, and she will watch several of the
educational

clips each day, learning more than I could hope to teach.

Also, books by Theoni Pappas, every one, are high
level math concepts made fun

and easy for elementary kids. Cindy Neuschwander also
has several excellent math

books (novels) that are for elementary age and very fun and interesting to
young

kids. Stewart J Murphy has a whole series called Math Start that are written at
varying

levels for elementary kids, and my daughter loves every one of them. Artists
like

Escher use math concepts in his work.

My kids loved the

They are not expensive, at the library or any bookstore. They were all my oldest son

used through calculus for high school level math.

The Math Olympiad for Elementary Students has elementary age contests or you

can just buy the book and give kids some very challenging, but fun problem
solving

math tasks.

Just some things we do as a family that promote math which you may already do:

any score keeping or banking in games is done by my kids, not us. We look for

games where math is a part of it - Triominoes,
dominoes, multiplication bingo, tangrams,

etc.

Charlotte and Mecklenburg Math clubs are great. www.davidson.edu/math/davis/

cmc/newcomerGuide.html www.math.uncc.edu/~hbreiter/clubs/mmc.htm
(Harold

Reiter's page is full of math tips.)

Math contests have always been very motivating to my kids. Some of the great
ones

offered by the HINTS and CHEA organizations include Mathcounts (5th-8th grade),

AMC 8, 10, and 12, and high school contests at UNCC and other locations for

1, 2 , Geometry or Comprehensive (Harold Reiter's site above mentions more
details

on these). I hope this is helpful.

Blessings, Vicky Kaseorg