Just 28 math facts. Tables memorized. {Part 2}

Traditionally, we teach 110 math facts to help students memorize the times tables from 0 – 10. My son was overwhelmed with the magnitude of the work required. But when I discovered I could teach just 28 and achieve the same goal? He still wasn’t thrilled about it, but it became doable. It turns out we’ve been making it way more complicated than …

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 …

Free Addition Game Resource: Three More!

Before my sweet little boy was born this week, we were working on math facts again. Miss Adventuress and Mr. Scientist are working together on this. According to Montessori theory and practice, Miss Adventuress is at the perfect stage for absorbing information, and it’s much easier to learn the tables in that stage. We didn’t know about this when Mr. …

One Thousand: A Place Value Game

As I got back to math presentations with Miss Adventuress after the move, I noticed that we needed to review how to form large numbers, and how to read them. But it would have to be in the form of a game! It’s a very straightforward game, simply called “One thousand”, because that’s precisely what you’re trying to get: one thousand …

Fractions with Heart

It’s fun to have some holiday-themed activities, so I made these fraction hearts! I always want my children to make up their own equations, but when we’re reviewing, I don’t mind giving them a limited material like this. There are six hearts on each page, which cover all of the Primary level fraction work (ages 3-6). One page has equivalent …

{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.

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 …

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 …

November Bilingual Blog Hop, and a Free Word Problem Resource!

A few other colleagues and I are collaborating again to bring you another blog hop! This time we’re sharing fall or Thanksgiving-themed content, including a free resource! While we have a daily tradition of thanking God for everything, the good and the bad, in November we concentrate even more on this theme. We’ve done the Thankful Tree, in which we …

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 …