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Thank You Cards--Not Just a Thing of the Past

 on January 14, 2014

Who doesn't love getting something in the mail? Especially when it's a big fat check!

Unfortunately, these thank you cards are not filled with money. Just a whole lotta love and appreciation!

My kids and I sat down this weekend and wrote thank you cards for all the wonderful Christmas presents they received from aunt, uncles, grandparents and teachers.

Hey, better late than never!

What Would You Take to Space? Lesson Plan Ideas

 on January 14, 2014

Space is an exciting topic to explore in the classroom. 

It is vast, wide-open, and unknown and has different qualities than Earth.  All that make it so intriguing for young minds.

What does it feel like in space? How do you sleep? What do you eat? How many stars are there?

Here are a few ideas you can incorporate to your lesson plan.

1) What would you take to space?

Best Multiplication Songs EVER

 on January 13, 2014

If you are looking for a great sing along tool to use for learning the times tables this is it!

With easy to learn sing along songs for numbers 0-12.  The track includes sing along and music only so students can sing along with no help. Catchy tunes designed by a teacher for ages 8-12.

My youngest daughter learns best with music and rhythm.  This works great. This will make a great tool in your classroom, car and  homeschooling.

You can purchase your copy here.

How To Fall in Love With Math

 on January 9, 2014

Preschoolers love math.  Kindergartners love math.  First Graders Love Math.  Dare I say, even 2nd and 3rd Graders love math.

Math Monsters

 on January 8, 2014

There are good math ideas for the classroom and then there are GENIUS math ideas for the classroom!

Maisyflops and Olliepops Blogger Jamie used popsicle sticks, paint and google eyes to create Math Monsters!

They are fun, creative, functional and you can check them out on her blog here

Hate Math But Love Video Games?

 on January 7, 2014

Have you heard your child or student complain about math class as they are running to their game console to pick up where they left off the last time they had a chance to play?  Or has your child ever shared with you their desire to play games for a living someday, but is a very reluctant math student?

Learning Multiplication Basics Video

 on January 7, 2014

I have a friend who was blessed  to take her family of 5 to Europe this fall. They stayed for two months traveling from town to town.  Her family accompanied her husband who is making a documentary. Twist their arms, they must go dive into the culture and provide moral support. Her 3 beautiful children had the time of their lives and made unforgettable memories.

But while they were away, life here went on and so did math class... 

She came straight to the source, Multiplication.com and we provided her with books and online games to catch up her sweet and ever so smart boy.

Goal Setting 101

 on January 6, 2014

Goal Setting.  I get it...you may be tired of hearing about goal setting as we are already in our second week of January!  But, I have been thinking about goals and how we, as a whole, just expect kids to know how to make goals and so we say something like this:

It's the New Year: Journaling

 on December 29, 2013

One of my most treasured possessions--my kid's journals from elementary school.

My oldest daughter and son both had the same 2nd and 3rd grade teachers. Both of those lovely ladies had a daily journal entry assignment. And I am so thankful they did.

At the end of the year they get to bring home their journals, each day was complete with a picture and an entry!  Can you say precious!?

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

 on December 27, 2013

A  historical fiction classic from 1983.

Remember reading this book in third grade? I do.

The author got the idea for this book after hearing a story of a young boy who was left in the Maine wilderness for the summer and was befriended by Indians.

I recently sat down and read this with my first-grader. Wanting to be just like her big brother, she asked to read a "good book, that isn't girly."

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