As I wrapped up the school year with my third grader, we spent some dedicated time working on multiplication and trying to solidify the multiplication facts. But along with knowing what multiplication means and the importance of knowing the facts, I also wanted him to see how we can extend that knowledge to multiplying double digits and beyond. Although the sight of such large multiplication problems can be intimidating, it doesn't have to be. Keep Reading...

## How to Add Decimals: Simple Strategies & Tips

I have recently been introducing my daughter (4th grade) to decimals. We began by understanding what decimals are and what they represent (and how they relate to fractions). We also spent a great deal of time understanding decimal place value and relating decimals to money (because this is an already familiar skill). With this solid foundation in place, we moved to decimal operations, beginning with how to add decimals. The great thing is, once a 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...

## 10 Things Every Good Mathematician Should Do

Everyone can be a mathematician. Every student can succeed at math! But not every student walks into class already knowing how to think like a mathematician, problem solve and think logically. So here is a list of ten things every student can learn to do and practice as they tackle math problems to become a better mathematician (and better problem solver!). This list is not my own, it's actually from a poster I used to have hanging in my Keep Reading...

## How Learning to Code Can Improve Math Skills

Even though the basics of computer science (such as binary) are built on top of math principles, the learner doesn’t necessarily need to be an expert in math to learn how to code. But, on the opposite end of the spectrum, learning to code can improve math skills. In this article, we'll explore some basics of computer coding, and why learning coding skills can deepen mathematical thinking skills. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Add & Subtract Integers: Real Life Lesson

There are so many ways we see and use integers in the real world. We even add and subtract integers all the time, though we might not realize it. So even though teaching how to add & subtract integers might sound scary to both teacher and student, there are actually ways to introduce this in real and meaningful ways. This post includes a real life lesson you can use to add & subtract integers and help kids see the "rules" before you Keep Reading...

## 5 Simple Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Math

For many children, learning math can be a frustrating and difficult process. As a result, some may try to separate themselves from the subject as much as possible in their day-to-day lives. This can make learning and retaining math concepts in school a struggle, and can take all the enjoyment out of a skill that has many practical, real-world uses. Luckily, if you’re a parent who wants to help your child better understand math, there are Keep Reading...

## Symmetry for Kids: 20+ Ideas & Resources

Looking for fun, hands on or unique ideas to explore symmetry for kids? Look no further. I've gathered all the resources and ideas I could find and listed them here together for easy reference. You will find symmetrical drawing pages, hands on symmetry challenges and fun math art projects for kids. Whether your kids are in kindergarten or middle school, I think you'll find a fun resource or idea here! *Note: This post contains affiliate Keep Reading...

## Pre-K Math Activities: HUGE Resource List

One of the most fun times to learn and play with math with your kids is in the preschool years. They are usually so excited and curious and love to explore new things. So if you're excited to help prepare your Pre-K kiddo for Kindergarten and provide a really solid math foundation, read on! I share some of the basics of what preschool math should cover, plus include all my favorite resources for Pre-K Math Activities (hint: it doesn't involve Keep Reading...

## Number Bonds with Apple Slices {FREE Printables!}

Understanding how to compose and decompose numbers is a very important skill in the early grades. This means understanding how to break numbers apart or combine numbers in different ways. For example, 3 and 4 make 7, but 2 and 5 also make seven. A great introduction and visual for kids is to create rainbows to show different combinations. But I also love the visual of number bonds. So this simple apple math lesson combines a fun, hands on tool Keep Reading...

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