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 …

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 …

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The Montessori Dot Game

Two years ago you could not have convinced me that a little six-year-old girl could easily and enjoyably add a column of nine addends with four digits each. Now I know I was wrong. This is a very simple material, and today I’m going to show you exactly how it is used. I’m also going to share this printable version …

Improving Writing Instruction

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

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 …