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Freaky Friday- The Wisdom Teeth

 on November 26, 2013

The time had come, for my oldest daughter Maddie to get her Wisdom teeth out.

She was having some tooth pain and worried that it would become impacted, the dentist set up an appointment with the oral surgeon the next morning.

As any good parent without dental insurance knows, your first response to this information is, "How the heck are we going to pay for this?!?!?"

Tie-Dyed Turkeys

 on November 26, 2013

Ok, so I'm not teaching my kids to make tie-dyed turkeys only because I happen to love the tie-dye obsession of the 1970's.   Tie-dyed turkeys are also a fun and easy art project. It teaches kids about absorption and you can expand it to help kids understand primary colors, and the fact that you need to use multiple colors to achieve certain results.

Tops and Bottoms

 on November 25, 2013

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens is an excellent book to read with your students and then create a graph!

Tops and Bottoms is a silly little story about a very smart Rabbit who tricks a very lazy Bear. 

Rabbit does all the gardening, and agrees to split all of the vegetables with Bear, even being so nice as to let Bear decide which part of the vegetable he wants!

A Thanksgiving Gift for teachers

 on November 23, 2013

I love giving my kids teachers gifts during the holidays to let them know how much we appreciate them.

A few years ago, I found this idea in a Better Homes and Gardens Magazine for homemade hot chocolate mix and it has been a staple Thanksgiving Day gift ever since!

It is so cute and so simple, and the hot chocolate is SO yummy!

To start, you want to make the hot chocolate mix.

Autumn Trees Art Project

 on November 20, 2013

This is a great art project to do with your students in the fall! It is fun, seasonal and a great way to talk about the different types of lines!

This project only requires white paper, straws and paint!

First,  you'll need to model the technique of using straws to paint to the entire class before you begin:

Buying Thanksgiving Dinner!

 on November 19, 2013

Let's be honest, Thanksgiving is mostly about food. 

Should we all be thankful, and talk about what we are thankful for? ABSOLUTELY.

But, when you really think about Thanksgiving, most of us start drooling thinking about the mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and stuffing!!!!!!!! Why, oh why, must every good thing be a carb?!?!?!?

Math. Right. I am supposed to be talking about math!

Bulletin Boards for the Thanksgiving Holiday

 on November 12, 2013

The changing of seasons and of holidays is a fun time to change things up around the house and in the classroom, as well.

Here are a few fall bulletin board ideas for your classroom or homeschool area:

Let your students get involved. Have them tell you things they are thankful for and made a list.

Put their answers on the leaves. You can cut out the leaves and letters with a die cut machine or use real leaves.

Freaky Friday- The Runner

 on November 8, 2013

A few years ago, I decided to pick up running. It just sort of felt like it was something I should do. My parents were both runners, and I remember riding my bike behind my dad while he trained for the Chicago Marathon. And I have a lot of friends who are runners.

Long distance, graceful, attractive runners.

So, I thought, hey, maybe I should do that. 

There were two problems with this:

Nine's Times Tables Trick

 on November 4, 2013

Check out these cool tricks for learning the 9's times tables. 

 I would have loved to have know this growing up. 

There is a pattern when you multiply by nine's.  The number in the tens column is the number your are going to multiply by nine minus one. In the ones column is the number that added to the tens column equals nine. This trick uses addition and subtraction to memorize multiplication.

So here is your cheat sheet.

Halloween Candy Math Sort

 on November 1, 2013

These little tricksters got lots of candy last night.

Call me sneaky, but I like to capitalize on my kid's excitement and desire to appreciate and admire their post-Halloween candy stash. This is going to be a fun math day for sure!

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