{Free resource} 100 Chart Game

Un juego gratuito para trabajar el tablero de 100, con tema de Navidad o del invierno.
A free game to work on the hundred chart, with a Christmas or a winter theme.

Improving Writing Instruction

Consejos prácticos para mejorar la instrucción de la escritura. Practical advice for improving writing instruction.

{Free Printables} Thanksgiving Mini-Books in Spanish

This morning I made two little Thanksgiving books: one very simple with just a drawing and a word on each page, and one with slightly more complicated text. I wasn’t satisfied with the myth that we generally tell our children, so these little books reflect the research I’ve done about the first Thanksgiving. I hope to talk more about the …

Daily Work 11.19.14: Thanksgiving, Towers, and Painted Bells

A bit more of what we’ve been working on, from multiplication to the history of Thanksgiving! As always, this is some of our recent work…but not all of it! Mr. Scientist is 8 years old (3rd grade); Miss Adventuress is 5.5 years old (kindergarten) and Miss Braveheart is 2 years old. Mr. Scientist began working on the commutative and distributive …

Daily Work 11.10.14: Liquids, Gases, BioBlitz, and Calligraphy

I gave the presentation on states of matter: liquids and gasess. We’d already done the presentation on solid. The details on how I presented these concepts merit their own post, so I’ll leave that for later. But the main ideas Mr. Scientist and Miss Adventuress came away with were that the particles of a liquid hold on to each other, …

Place Value Number Cards

Many students find place value a very difficult concept, and many teachers struggle to teach it effectively. When we began homeschooling, we used the Singapore math curriculum; then we tried out Miquon and the Cuisenaire rods for a bit; and finally we arrived at Montessori. Singapore and Montessori both use number cards that introduce the decimal system. The differences in …

Teacher-Recommended Resources

We all know how hard it is to find high quality resources in Spanish! So some teacher friends and I have collaborated to bring you a few recommendations! Here are a few resources we’ve used this week that I can recommend to you. All of these are available to purchase (all low cost!), and all of them will save you …

Daily Work 10.21.14: Density, Angle Bisection, Math Facts, and Solids

Just a few pictures to show some of our recent work! Here we have the materials for the presentation on the density of liquids. There is water, oil, and molasses in the test tubes, and we demonstrated that the heaviest substance always fights to get to the bottom, and the lightest substance fights to get to the top. Mr. Scientist …

Weekly Plans 10.20.14

It’s time for a new plan sheet! The last ones I gave them lasted almost a month. We did all of the work on the last plan sheet, and added much more, following their interests, and because many of the works on the sheet were to be repeated various times, or had follow-up work connected with them. Here is what …

Montessori Geography Experiments: What is air like?

We began the presentations in the “Work of Air” section of the Elementary Geography Album. This section begins with three experiments that were really fun and truly communicate the properties of air that it is essential to understand to be able to continue with the study of the work of air. First, we wanted to establish that air takes up …