There’s this huge misconception about learning math. Everyone sees math as linear. You learn to count, then add, then subtract…on and on. You can’t skip anything or you’re child will be behind and have holes in their education. The truth is, everything is interconnected and learning is kinda messy. This video agrees with me. Think […]

## Intro to Multiplication using Story Problems

My children have asked to learn what multiplication is, so I have created a few story problems for them to explore. And now I am sharing them with you. The download is at the bottom of this post. The download includes, 3 story problems with 4 ways to solve each and a discussion ideas card […]

## 5 Reasons to Use Story Problems When Teaching Math

Let’s start by asking a new 1st grader a question: “What is 5 x 4?” Blank Stare. or What’s ‘times’ mean? or If you are “lucky” enough to have a child who will (loudly) let you know when they are frustrated, you might hear: “I don’t know!” Wow. […]

## Make Math Come Alive

How do we make math come alive? We live it. When we delight in things, they take on life from our delight. But it’s easy to get sidetracked. Standards cry out to us, “They should be learning this.” Well-meaning adults question if our child is learning. And there’s always that worry in the back of […]

## Toddler Shape Recognition and Cutting Practice (Free Printable)

My toddler loves cutting! She is past the “cut everything for fun” stage and into the “cutting for purpose” stage. Unfortunately, most of the cutting practices that I can find involve cutting through a picture which she is not willing to do. So I made her this: Actually, what I made for her didn’t have […]

## Flower Garden Number Bond Mats: Addition

Although I taught math for several years, I had never heard of number bonds before. At first I wasn’t sure where this was going. But once I found a good way for my daughter to use it, her understanding of place value deepened. The concept is: Take a two digit number Split it into the […]

## Telling Time Lesson and Free Printable

If you haven’t, read my post on making a clock at home. It was very useful for practice. I looked for some 3-part cards to help teach my children but couldn’t find any. So, I made my own! Here’s how we used them to give you some ideas.

## DIY Practice Telling Time Clock

We are taking a break from addition and subtraction and working on telling time. To start us off on this week long unit, we made a clock to practice telling time. I learned a few things while getting this activity ready to share. For starters, make sure the supplies you are going to use will […]

## Worksheets: To Give or Not to Give

I recently read an article by The Measured Mom talking about how she defines worksheets and her general view of them. Most of the examples that she gives come from a reading standpoint. It got me thinking about worksheets in math. And since I have some experience teaching math, I thought I would share it […]

## How to Add Using Base Ten Blocks Plus a Free Printable

To do this lesson you will need (this post contains affiliate links): * Base ten blocks. If you don’t have base ten blocks/rods, check out this DIY tutorial and make your own! Or you could buy one like the one in the above image. It’s cool because it’s cheap and made of foam. Who doesn’t like […]