We had the pleasure of reviewing Stinky Kid Math, a homeschool math program for high school math subjects including algebra and geometry. My junior is working on geometry this year, having finished basic (foundational) algebra (Alg 1), and had begun working on the complex portions (starting Alg 2) but was having difficulty. We are thankful for Stinky Kid Math to help us fill in the gap!
The way the program works, is you sign in to your account and choose the program from the left that you need. Your choices are: Foundational Algebra, Complex Algebra, or Geometry. Your student selects the subject/lesson they need and watches the video provided. The videos are only about 5 minutes in length. Most lessons have at least 2 videos; we found some lessons that had a half dozen or so, but usually when that happens the videos themselves are shorter – only around 2 minutes.
Your student spends about 10 minutes watching the lesson videos, and then there is a worksheet to go with them. Not every video has a worksheet, but every video grouping that goes with a lesson has a worksheet. The worksheets are short, usually 3-10 questions, and have been taking my high school student anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes.
The teacher uses a digital white board to explain the concepts, which I find interesting, having never seen one of those work before! My son says that the Stinky Kid Math teacher is easy to understand and listen to, and is thankful that the lessons are short so that there’s never an issue with having to listen for long periods of time.
The algebra courses only have around 20 lessons each, but our Geometry course includes over 60 lessons. Each lesson has at least (or about) 2 videos, approximately 10 minutes’ worth, plus a worksheet. Each lesson, in its entirety, is taking my high school student approximately a half hour. That works out to only 31.5 hours worth of course work for Geometry, which by the standards we use (130 hours per course) doesn’t qualify as a full credit.
Since the work load is actually printable documents, the site doesn’t keep track of grades for you at all. (When you figure that he grades his own work, it does add some time to the credit hours.) You print the page, and then you can print the answer key to grade the worksheet. However, it does have an activity log to show when the kid logged in and what activities he did while online.
The Stinky Kid Math website also has several math games available. These games are pretty simple, and my high school student has refused to play them, but it makes me think that this site would best be used for a younger student’s introduction to these higher level topics.
If your kid is scared of math, Stinky Kid Math is a great transition site! Kids with special needs who must fulfill state requirements for a course but really can’t actually handle the course load might also do well with this site.
Personally, we’re going to use it as a jumping point and let my son skip some things in his textbook. After this fantastic introduction, we’ll let him just do the chapter reviews from a book we have and credit him for finishing the book. I will probably also use it for my next student who is currently doing pre-algebra, as a gentle introduction into the higher maths as he is younger and will enjoy more of the site.