This week we will be learning first hand just what takes place when a caterpillar makes the transformation into a butterfly. To say my kids are excited is a bit of an understatement! ;) Although I don't usually have a theme for the week, with all the excitement surrounding our new critters, and the excitement to get outside and explore, I decided this whole week would be butterfly themed. First, we have a wonderful stack of books from the Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up!

Here are some of the GREAT math freebies out there that I thought you might find useful! Let me know if you have anything to add to this list! :) Kindergarten-2nd: These cute dinosaur themed math worksheets make practicing early math skills fun! This download includes 15 pages of dinosaur fun! This blueberry muffin math set is so cute! These 5 pages of printables can help teach or reinforce a variety of early math topics such as Keep Reading...

## Sir Cumference Lesson! {Euler’s Law}

There are so many benefits to reading and engaging with math stories. But I think students will get even more out of the story if the learning doesn't stop once the last page is read. Therefore, I have been creating activities to go along with some of my favorite math books! (If you missed the activities for Math Curse by Jon Scieszka, be sure to check it out!). Honestly, I love all the Sir Cumference books by Cindy Neuschwander. They are Keep Reading...

## Problem Solving by Solving an Easier Problem

One of the most important things students should be learning in math class is not some specific, useful math topic or skill, but how to problem solve. Math is not easy! If students understand that math is hard, and requires thinking and practicing, they will be less likely to give up at the first sign of trouble. If students understand that it’s ok to wrestle with a problem for a little while, and maybe even make some mistakes first, they won’t Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebies Round-up!

Here are some of the best math FREEBIES I've found this week! I hope you can use some of these fun resources in your homeschool or classroom! :) Kindergarten-2nd: Dr. Seuss Subtraction Freebie! This is meant to go along with the Dr. Seuss classic, "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," and is a fun way for kids to work independently on their subtraction facts! Counting money is an important early math skill and I was so Keep Reading...

## Fraction Puzzles {FREE Download!}

Using puzzles was such a fun way to help my daughter practice and recognize place value, I decided to create some more fun puzzles! These puzzles are meant to help students understand fractions, as well as practice learning equivalent fractions. Learning how to rewrite the fraction 2/8 as 1/4 is an important skill, and I think it is equally important that students understand early on that they are NOT changing the fraction. These two fractions Keep Reading...

## Math Curse Activity Pack! {FREE!}

Math stories are such a fun way to engage kids in math learning, as well as help them see math in the world around them. Stories can make math come alive and get kids excited! One of my favorite (and highly engaging) stories is Math Curse by Jon Sciezka. This hilarious tale can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. To help you incorporate this into your math curriculum, I've created this Math Curse Activity Pack! This is such a fun book, and I Keep Reading...

## 5 Reasons to Read in Math Class

Photo Credit: Risen1 via Compfight cc I will never forget my first day in my Reading Across the Curriculum masters class. The goal and purpose of the class was to learn how to integrate reading and good books into any and all classrooms. As a future math teacher, I scoffed at this frustrating requirement. "This is great. This class will be relevant to everyone but me. How unfair! How unnecessary!" I would complain. And then the class began. Keep Reading...

## FREE Elementary Math Worksheets and Games

Instead of my weekly round-up of assorted math freebies, this week I am sharing a new discovery of mine: Math Salamanders! As a middle and high school teacher, I know where to look for extra practice worksheets (such as Kuta Software). I have not always been aware of or familiar with, however, resources and practice for elementary math classes. But now that I'm teaching my little ones, as well as tutoring a third grader, I have been on the Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up!

I'm a little late getting this post up, but there are some great freebies out there this week and I hope you will find them helpful! :) Kindergarten-3rd: This math review is a great way to brush up on skills. Each page includes a variety of math topics for early learners! 4th-12th: Check out these fun and engaging STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) activities from Well Nurtured Plants and Pillars! This post Keep Reading...