2018 DIY desk calendar

Here's a little gift for you!

A printable DYI 2018 desk calendar with fun activities for children to complete. The activities are taken from my daughter Abby's website at Children's Best Activities :)

Download the calendar here:

This calendar has been produced in collaboration with the Homeschool Buyers Co-op

Missing numbers in addition

Several people have asked me about this... what to do when a 1st grader is struggling to grasp the concept of missing numbers in addition problems, such as 3 + ___ = 8.

I wrote the solution and posted it on my site... what to do when a child has a hard time finding the missing addends?

Card game for math facts

I found this link when looking through some "OLD" stuff (my newsletter 10 years ago... in this Internet day and age, 10 years seems like an eternity ago!). It's a neat little "game" for math facts:

To be more precise, it is a  way for kids to write some of their own math problems using a deck of cards.  😃 But it can definitely FEEL like a game for little ones!

Math Mammoth Thanksgiving sale

Math Mammoth THANKSGIVING sale is here! 

Get 25% off of all the downloads/CDs sold at site! Use the coupon code THANKS2017.

The offer is valid till December 3, 2017.

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Four principles of deeply effective math teaching

I went through and thoroughly updated this article of mine... have you read it in the past?

Four basic principles of deeply effective math teaching

If you were asked what were the most important principles in mathematics teaching, what would you say? I wasn't really asked, but I started thinking, and came up with these basic habits or principles that can keep your math teaching on the right track.

Principle 1: Let It Make Sense
Principle 2: Remember the Goals
Principle 3: Know Your Tools
Principle 4: Living and Loving Math

Play With Your Math puzzles

An intriguing website.... problems, but not solutions (not that I can see... but maybe, if you subscribe to get email updates, you'd get the solutions?)

Their idea is,
We take problems that we love, and we adapt them so that everyone (and anyone) can play. We design posters and handouts that hook you visually and explain the problem in just enough words. The problems that we’ve picked require trying, struggling, failing, adjusting, and trying again until, finally, a discovery is made.
I definitely agree... that's what TRUE problem solving is all about! Doing it with math can prepare students for REAL LIFE, where often, the problems they will be facing at the workplace will NOT have a pre-written solution.

And so, that's when it's necessary to try something, struggle, fail, ADJUST your method, and try again... that's what scientists do, day in day out, and people in about any profession who are really successful in their jobs.

The proces…

Tower of Babel and spiritual languages

I invite you to enjoy this Bible study about the tower of Babel, the division of languages there — AND the picture it gives us of SPIRITUAL languages today.