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The Snowman Store

 on January 8, 2014

This is a math project I know your students will love!

Teaching Blog Roundup has a great idea for a Snowman Store!

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

Partner Recess and Team Building

 on January 7, 2014

It's February, and that can only mean one thing-- it is the month to give and receive love!

All you need is popsicle sticks, a jar and a classroom full of students.

I thought this would be a great time to share this wonderful idea.  In second grade, two of my kids were fortunate to have Mrs. Lyons, she is amazing, I think she may have wings under her clothes.

Cyberchase

 on January 7, 2014

Cyberchase is a great show on PBS.org for kids between the ages of 8 and 11.

The age range for this show was strategically chosen because studies show that this is the age where children often decide that they are not good at math or that math is not fun.

The goal of Cyberchase is to show kids that math can be fun and math is a necessary part of the world around them!

Hacker, a evil villain, is trying to take over Cyberspace unless three smart kids can stop him.

2014 Book List

 on December 30, 2013

Getting my kids to read at home can be a bit of a struggle.  But when they find a good book, they get lost in it for hours!

They practically put themselves to bed just to get more reading time!

This year, a few on our must-read list are:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Vern

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!?

20 Questions

 on December 27, 2013

 

Are you looking for a fun game to play with your middle schoolers during break that will keep them practicing their math skills?

Check out this fun printable game of 20 Questions from DigitalLessons.com.

You can download the 20 Questions and answer sheet here.

Some of the questions are math related, and some of them are more like riddles.

Your kids will have fun answering them all!

Gingerbread Man: Escape Prevention Measures

 on December 27, 2013

I recently visited a Kindergarten classroom where the children were working on creating books called Gingerbread Man: Escape Prevention Measures.

It was so cute and the kids were having so much fun!!!!!!!!!

It is a book about how to keep a Gingerbread Man from escaping after he gets out of the oven by eating him up, bit by bit!

Adorable Felt Ornaments

 on December 27, 2013

I love doing crafts with my kids over Christmas break. 

We do most of our crafting up at my parent's cabin, mostly because we are secluded and my teenage kid's can't get out of hanging out with me. :P

I found these really cute felt ornaments at Cutesy Crafts. You can always find fun, easy crafts to make on this site.

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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