Jax was having problems with his math homework today and asked me for help. I completely BAULKED because I do not remember any math beyond very simple algebra (Dex's grade 7 math is getting difficult for me). However, we had a busy night planned and Stephen was going to be getting home late so I decided that I would turn to the internet for help so I could help Jax.
I went to www.khanacademy.org which is a great site for math. They offer FREE lessons on just about anything and their goal is "changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for
anyone anywhere". I first heard about the site from Ted Talks (http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html) and thought it sounded like a good idea. I had Dex logging on from time to time to do some extra math work but then he got busy with REAL homework. And I wanted Cars to do some too but he has required math homework on IXL.com and his time and results are sent to his teacher.
Anyway, so tonight I went to www.khanacademy.org to learn (or relearn) how to do The Substitution Method so I could teach Jax how to do it so he could do his homework and study for his quiz tomorrow. I am not sure why he did not understand it during math class today but after watching the videos with me and practicing, he is completely understanding it. I even had Stephen watch the video so he could help Jax while I went out to take Dex to his bass lesson.
It is a wonderful resource and I highly recommend that you check it out. Especially if you have a high school student who needs help with math.