The Internet is ideal for all kinds of mathematical discovery, research and learning. Children and teenagers can explore at their own pace, learning concepts as they are ready. For parents who want to provide more structured maths teaching, there are many worksheets and clear explanations from the basic through to advanced and complex maths. Below is a selection of sites with suitable maths resources for home educators.
BBC skillwise: maths – excellent study-guides and worksheets for many aspects of primary and secondary school maths (approx age 4-11) including subjects such as negative numbers, simple fractions and percentages, rounding and estimating, and times tables.
Cool math for kids – bright colours and creative ideas – lots of resources and interesting ways to play around with maths concepts.
10 ticks – comprehensive site designed by a maths teacher in the UK, with worksheets and games for all levels.
Maths primary resources – extensive printable games and activities for younger primary children. Membership is required to download resources, but it’s free.
John and Betty’s journey into complex numbers – don’t be put off by the very basic first few pages of this online book! John and Betty, the cartoon characters, quickly devise irrational numbers (such as the square root of three), then imaginary and complex numbers, which they play around with, to make further discoveries. An excellent introduction to an advanced subject, suitable for interested children of any age, although younger ones may struggle with the later pages.
Math Cats – an imaginative site for children to explore, giving suggestions for maths investigations, competitions, maths crafts, and a mathematical art gallery.
AAA math – extensive resource with hundreds of pages of maths skills and concepts, for children and younger teenagers. Several pages of text with clear explanations, followed by online quizzes to test understanding.
Math Worksheet Land – a thorough site with printable explanations and worksheets covering many areas of maths. Note that they are from the US, so deal in dollars and cents, and are quite formal in style, but may be useful to anyone wanting some extra practice, or to study a particular topic in some depth.
Primary resources: maths – wide range of printable worksheets covering UK National Curriculum maths at primary school level. Ideal for children who want a more structured approach, or parents who like to cover topics studied in schools.
A+ games – online games for arithmetic, using the ideas behind bingo, concentration, or uncovering pictures.
Visual fractions – examples and quizzes looking at all aspects of fractions visually. Uses lines or circles with examples from simple identification through to arithmetic manipulation of fractions. Each quiz question has the option of an explanation. Suitable for children from approx ages 7-14, or for anyone who struggles with these concepts.
Maths Centre – an extensive look at many topics in maths, from arithmetic to complex numbers (and a great deal more) presented by topic, in pdf form, with some flash exercises. More for revision and practice than teaching from scratch, but useful at many levels.
Math Goodies – clear explanations of topics such as simple geometry, pre-algebra, basic probability and statistics, etc, most appropriate for older primary children (roughly age 8-11). Each page has several examples and some interactive questions at the end.
Cut the knot – an excellent site with a miscellany of mathematical oddities, inspirations and puzzles. Suitable for all ages – ideal for those who like to learn in their own style without structure or worksheets.
Dr Math – a very comprehensive archive of clear replies to mathematical questions on almost every topic imaginable. Divided into broad age-ranges, this is an excellent resource for older children and teenagers, or for parents needing help in explaining maths concepts.
Understanding algebra – online version of a complete algebra text-book, starting from basic definitions, though to roughly GCSE level. Probably most suitable for about age 11-16 as there is a lot of text, but younger children keen on algebra may also find some of this useful – as may parents wanting some revision!
Maths GCSE guide – thorough resource for all topics included in the British GCSE maths exams (taken about age 16). Six main subject divisions, each with sub-sections: clear explanations and examples given.
Calculus – everything to do with the concepts needed for calculus, starting right from the beginning. Fairly long-winded explanations, with some graphical help, and questions for the student to solve. Most appropriate for approx age 14+