Being at home is my favorite bonding moment with my youngest daughter Lucia. That’s right, we’re already easing up on the long lockdown after the pandemic and we’re still at home, haha. That’s because Lucy still does her school classes online. The face-to-face sessions will start only in November, but only two times a week. So you can say that staying home while working (in my case) and studying (for her) is our new normal.
During her last periodic exams, my daughter asked my help in understanding a certain Math problem. Dealing with a situation like this is something they never teach you in parenting books: what to do when Math was your waterloo in school and a few decades later, your own kid asks for your help in solving Math.
Luckily for this generation, there’s a lot of materials available online for self-learning. There’s even apps now that can solve complicated Math equations. What I would recommend is to really learn Math the hard way while having fun. I found the mix of both worlds in this site called calculators.org.
My daughter does not have a Math tutor but quizzes like Math Test, The Operator and Solve Math keep the mind sharp and allows her to put what she’s learned to practical use. They say that learning Math becomes easy when numbers are applied to real life and we found out this is true with games like Feed Math, Math Pop and Wooppy.
Anyway, apart from showing Lucia the fun way to learn Math on the site, I was also doing my own exploration of calculators.org and was elated to find that they have a separate section for board games. No need to buy the actual game at the store. The games like Backgammon, Dominoes, Checkers and Tic-Tac-Toe can be played virtually for free. And another good thing is there’s no need to install an app or log in, you can play the online board games immediately.
Lucia likes drawing so she tried Etch-A-Sketch. I, on the other hand, spent time being challenged by the 3D Rubik’s Cube Simulator. This is a game I remember playing from my teen years with the Cube in my own hand. The version on the website can be played by clicking and dragging any of the three rows or columns of the Cube . I must say it’s worth trying, aside from being an exciting way to while away the time and giving me a kick of nostalgia.
This is not all because if you explore the available games on the site, they also have games related to Music, Logic, Puzzles and even Physics. We’re even ready to try Holiday Games to get us into the Christmas spirit. American Football : Santa’s Run looks exciting. As a writer, I had fun reaching level 17 in Snowman Challenge. Putting the correct letters to the hidden words and phrases was certainly harder than building Frosty The Snowman. I look forward to doing this game again this coming holiday season, with a cup of hot chocolate in hand.