Kidamentals cannot say enough positive things about Khan Academy.
After all, the Kidamentals mission is, "To help the world raise children who are happy, healthy, educated, and all around good people" and the Khan Academy mission states:
"We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere"
That is certainly a monumental task and the Khan Academy happens to be achieving their worthy mission. The Khan Academy provides free, online tutorials on a wealth of topics ranging from Math to Science & Economics, Computer Science, and more. For example, by simply viewing the various math subjects, you find the following available:
- Arithmetic and pre-algebra
- Trigonometry and precalculus
- Probability and statistics
- Differential equations
- Linear algegra
- Applied math
- Recreational mathematics
- And More!
I have found Khan Academy to be especially useful when trying to teach my son a particular topic. My son could certainly watch the tutorials on his own (they are quite fun and amusing as well as informative). However, I like to watch the tutorials to receive ideas on how to teach complex ideas. Let me give the example of basic arithmetic.
Khan Academy has a 7 minute tutorial on Addition and Subtraction. Of course I have been trying to help my son learn the concept for quite some time. Teaching him to count. Showing him how adding two more fingers in the air adds up to a greater number. But then in watching the Khan Academy tutorial, I am reminded of the number line concept. By drawing this number line on a piece of paper, I can then teach my child arithmetic in another manner.
This is a real basic example but the importance of it cannot be overlooked. As parents, we all want our children to succeed in academia. And we do our best to help teach our child. But there are many different ways to be taught and all children vary in how they best learn.
My example is for a young four year old but the Khan Academy is great for many levels of education, including well into college. Continuing with math as an example, a child can watch tutorials on their own and then practice their skills directly on the Khan Academy site.
As our children enter Elementary, Middle, and High School, the Khan Academy is a terrific resource to augment what they are being taught in the classroom. Children will learn new ways to address a specific topic. Children will have more places to practice. Children will find new ways to be energized on a particular topic that they have found to be boring or too difficult to grasp
In this day and age it is rare to find such an amazing resource (that also happens to be FREE)!
Kidamentals highly encourages you to become familiar with the Khan Academy and their wealth of materials to help in your child’s educational endeavors.
Kidamentals highly encourages you to share your new knowledge with others who can benefit from the Khan Academy resource.