Looking for a way to start math each day to get kids' brains working and also build number sense and problem solving skills? Here are simple, daily math warm-ups you can implement in 10-15 minutes. When I was in school, most of my middle and high school classes had a daily 'math warm up' time to get us going. The drill was simple: come to class, get out a blank piece of paper and answer the 5 math problems on the chalkboard. Was this helpful? Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Mental Math Challenge for Kids: Exercise Your Brain!

Looking for a unique and fun mental math challenge for your kids to build number sense? This activity is easy to differentiate with multiple levels and the open ended design. How fluent are your kids with math facts and computation skills? Do you want something fun and engaging, yet challenging for their mind when schools are closed? It's important to keep up mental math skills like adding, subtracting and multiplication or they will be Keep Reading...

## FREE Online Math Manipulatives for At Home Learning

Looking for an alternative to hands on math manipulatives? This huge, growing list of FREE online math manipulatives is a great way to provide 'hands on' math practice remotely. There's no denying that hands on visuals and manipulatives help students see, understand and learn math. But what if your child or student doesn't have access to hands on manipulatives? If you are a classroom teacher, it's great having these math tools available and on Keep Reading...

## K-8 Math at Home: Resources for School Closures

Looking for simple math resources for your kids because of COVID-19? This is the ultimate collection of math resources for school closures available for grades K-8. Most days I can't even keep up with the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis. Even though I was already a homeschool mom (and so, less affected by school closures than others have been), I have felt overwhelmed as I watched so many lives turned upside down Keep Reading...

## Benefits of Esti-Mystery Challenges | FREE Esti-Mystery Recording Pages

Learn more about the unique Esti-Mystery math challenges and how these engaging prompts can build confidence and number sense in your students. Plus, grab the free set of esti-mystery recording pages to help students as they solve them! What does your daily math routine look like? Maybe it includes a "number of the day" challenge, or calendar time. Maybe it includes number talks or fun math game time. Of all the math tasks you give your Keep Reading...

## FREE January 2020 Problem of the Day Calendars

Looking for a quick and easy way to review math skills? Try this set of FREE January 2020 problem of the day calendars! 3 versions for grades K-8. Are you looking for a way to squeeze some extra review into your math routine? Or maybe just a quick and fun change of pace as you start the new year? Or maybe you need a way to encourage math talk and practice at home. No matter what you're looking for, I've got you covered with this set of January Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Editable Word Problem Templates: Help Kids Make Sense of Word Problems

One of the most common refrains I hear from parents and teachers is that their kids struggle most when faced with a word problem (or story problem). This is not surprising--a problem involving a single operation, with nothing to decipher or decision to make is straightforward. If the problem says to add, you add. If it is a long division expression, you divide. But a story that uses math to model the world around us takes computation to a whole Keep Reading...

## 15+ of the BEST Fall STEM Activities: Easy + Fun!

It’s almost time to go outside and enjoy the apples, pumpkins, and leaves. Yes, fall is coming! Along with the return of fall is the opportunity to give your children lots of engaging STEM activities. I’ve gathered fall science experiments, math activities, engineering projects, and nature studies and bundled them into one big list of the BEST fall STEM activities for you. If you are looking for fall STEM activities for kids, you are sure to Keep Reading...

## Math in Nature: 5 Stunning Ways We See Math in the World

Have you ever stopped to look around and notice all the amazing shapes and patterns we see in the world around us? Mathematics forms the building blocks of the natural world and can be seen in stunning ways. Here are a few of my favorite examples of math in nature, but there are many other examples as well. The Fibonacci Sequence: Named for the famous mathematician, Leonardo Fibonacci, this number sequence is a simple, yet profound Keep Reading...

## I Notice, I Wonder…Helping Kids Understand Big Math Ideas & Solve Problems

One of the biggest hurdles for kids when it comes to math is word problems. Just the sight of a word problem can either send kids into a panic or cause them to number pluck: meaning they simply pull out all the numbers and guess at an operation (often just adding them up). But if we want kids to think like mathematicians and learn to be strong problem solvers, we have to help them think about and communicate big math ideas. They need to learn to Keep Reading...

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