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Teaching to Multiple Ages At Once

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Homeschool parents and teachers who work in unique settings often are faced with the challenge of teaching children of various ages in the same block of time.  This challenge stretches the teacher to provide quality instruction, engage all students regardless of their age, and effectively assess the learning that has taken place.  Here are aRead more

Tens and Ones Bean Sticks Activities

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Tens and Ones Bean Sticks Activities Small-group or whole-class activities with Base-10 materials are both meaningful and essential to understanding the place value system.  Here are some great activities you can do with your students in order from easiest to most difficult: What’s My Number? The teacher using the bean sticks to create a numberRead more

Tens and Ones With Bean Sticks

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Tens and Ones With Bean Sticks Anyone who teaches place value to little ones knows that creating hands-on learning experiences is absolutely essential.  Base-10 materials are often expensive or hard to come by (or both), but here is an easy and inexpensive way to make your own tens and ones. There are a lot of cuteRead more

Interactive Math Notebooks in the Secondary Classroom

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Interactive Math Notebooks Beginning to use interactive math notebooks in a secondary math classroom is difficult. There are a lot of concepts that need to be taught and adding additional tasks sometimes seems impossible. But, if you incorporate interactive notebooks into the daily routine, they can start to become an integral part of instruction andRead more

Calendar Cards Math Center

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Do you need a quick, low-prep center or guided math activity?  Here is one that my students love using calendar cards. What You’ll Need Mini pocket charts (I got mine at the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago) for each student Calendar cards or other number cards for each student A pointer for eachRead more

Criss-Cross Applesauce – Is it Obsolete?

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In most primary classrooms, there are two main areas: a desk or table area for students to sit at while doing independent or center work, and a carpet or rug area for gathering. It is common practice for teachers to require students to sit “criss-cross applesauce” with their legs neatly folded and their hands toRead more

Muffin Tin Math Center

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Muffin Tin Center Here is an easy and low-prep center activity for preschool or Kindergarten students who are just learning basic counting skills and 1-to-1 correspondence. You can also use tens and ones sticks if working with older students on identifying numbers to 100. Gather the materials you will need – a muffin tin (orRead more

Home Visits for Teachers

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There are many reasons, benefits, and downfalls of home visits for teachers.  If you, your grade level, or your school is thinking about home-visits, here are a few things to consider: Why Should I Do Home Visits in the First Place? It helps to really get to know your students – nothing teaches you aboutRead more

Help Homeschoolers Adjust to a Traditional Classroom

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Traditional classroom teachers often have strong opinions when it comes to accepting homeschool students into their classrooms.  The experience can be new and difficult for the student, parent, and teacher.  Here are some tips that can help. Get More Information One of the biggest fears that parents of homeschoolers have is that their child willRead more

BUMP – A Differentiated Math Game

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What is BUMP? Bump is a math game that kids absolutely love.  It is easy to teach and implement right away in your classroom.  Bump is the most popular math center in my classroom because it gets kids interacting with each other while practicing their math facts.  They have so much fun and receive TONSRead more