The Commutative Property, Montessori Style {3rd Part}

We’ve been talking about the best way to teach multiplication tables to elementary students. In the first part, I shared three discoveries I made that allowed me to stop the fight over multiplication facts. In the second part, I identified the only 28 equations that have to be memorized in order to know all of the multiplication facts. And today, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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Instagram!

You can finally find me on Instagram! It’s excellent timing because I can share pictures of our daily work more frequently, since it’s easier…and with the new baby, it’s a bit hard to find time to do a complete post here for the moment. You can see what I put on Instagram even if you don’t have an account, so …

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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 …

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