How I ended the fight over memorizing math facts {Part 1}

When the time came for Mr. Scientist to memorize his multiplication math facts, I did what everyone does, what you’re supposed to do> I got out the flash cards and printed off the timed tests. But this is what happened:    And no matter what I did, I couldn’t get him to memorize them. I only managed to make him …

Listen to Don Quijote, Free!

A while back I wrote a review of the Alfaguara edition of Don Quijote, written for a younger audience. Mr. Scientist and I enjoyed it so much that he’s asking me to read it to him again. And I will. But I also found Audiria. They’ve recorded the whole book, original text, and you can listen to it free (in …

Fun with Suffixes

I don’t recall ever getting excited about suffixes…it just meant another grammar worksheet, in my experience. It turns out, suffixes can be very exciting! Who knew? You just have to do it another way, with a different attitude than the one we usually assume while teaching something that seems so very uninteresting. This is an elementary Montessori work, done with …

Trashy Reading Practice

We went to the Dollar Tree, and I just couldn’t resist buying this little trash can. Only one dollar, and so cute…how could I possibly leave without it? And that butterfly-shaped box, perfect for spring! I knew I’d find a great use for it, and I did! With Miss Adventuress’ help, of course. I’d already made some command cards, according …

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 10.4.14: Nouns, Rafts, Beads, and a River

I began the noun classification presentations with Mr. Scientist last week; this was the first one, with common and proper nouns. I asked him for a book, and he gave me one, but I told him that was not the book I was looking for. He gave me another one, and I said that wasn’t it, either. After doing that three times, he …

Back-to-School Blog Hop! And a Free Resource!

We’re back to school! It’s always exciting, but also overwhelming to think about everything I want my students to learn and how little time there is to teach it all. My solution? Combine subjects whenever possible! I believe it is essential to have legible handwriting, and to be able to write in cursive as it is much faster. But, when …

Review of Don Quijote de la Mancha, Alfaguara edition

    A classic among classics: can you think of anyone who doesn’t at least pretend to be familiar with this work? Or who doesn’t think immediately of windmills as soon as don Quijote’s name is mentioned? He is such an important character that we must introduce him to children long before they’re ready to read Cervantes’ original text. As …

Free Resource: The Solar System Three-Part Cards and a Game

Today I want to share a simple resource I made this week! It includes three part cards in Spanish and English for the 8 planets, an asteroid, a comet, and a meteorite. I also made a board game. Players travel through space, answering a question or solving a problem each time they arrive at a planet, and collect the planet …