One of the math concepts that I have seen students struggle with the most, and yet seems so simple at first glance, is absolute value. It often seems that the only thing students ever "get" from an absolute value lesson is this: absolute value = make it positive. That is NOT, however, the definition of absolute value, and therefore, becomes the cause of much confusion as students try to apply and use absolute value in more complicated problems. Keep Reading...

## Skittles Count and Compare! {FREE Printable Pack}

As kids begin to learn their numbers and count and understand cardinality (the number of items in a set), they will then be able to compare things. This becomes evident early on if you have more than one child, because they are quick to notice if brother or sister "has more than me!" While serving as referee in those sibling squabbles over more or less is not fun, this is an important math concept to master! And it starts with hands-on visuals Keep Reading...

## Fall Addition Facts Practice! {FREE Printables!}

One of the earliest math concepts students learn is addition. This is an important concept for so many reasons! A strong foundation with addition and fact fluency will pave the way for students to understand subtraction, multiplication and more! And while there are many strategies for helping kids understand and learn addition facts, one that I have been spending a lot of time on with my daughter is number bonds. And although we have started to Keep Reading...

## Creating Patterns With Skittles {FREE Printable!}

As I mentioned earlier this week, teaching kids to explore, recognize and use patterns is an essential part of math education. While students will eventually learn to recognize patterns with numbers and tables and graphs, it's important to start early with basic shapes and colors! And as I've mentioned before, what's more fun than learning math with Skittles? :) My kids had so much fun with these Skittles Pattern Cards, and even got busy coming Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up!

Welcome to the weekly round up of FREE math teaching resources here at Math Geek Mama! I love finding fun, high quality teaching materials for you so that you can teach with confidence without breaking the bank! Check back each week for more freebies, or subscribe to my email newsletter and never miss out on anything! :) Kindergarten-2nd: This acorn math game is a great, hands-on way to let kids practice counting and number recognition! Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Candy Corn Number Puzzles!

Currently, I homeschool my older two kids (ages 5 and 6). I have discovered lately, however, that if I let my 4 year old join us for school, my son is much more willing to participate and do his school work too. And while my daughter is super excited and wants to do school with her siblings, I’m not a preschool teacher, and I don’t have many ideas or materials to use to engage her and keep her busy while I work with the others. So I decided to Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Gumball Estimation Activity!

We've been having some fun exploring measurement and estimation around here lately. Estimation is an important math concept that I think is often overlooked or glazed over, but it's an invaluable real life skill. Not only is it helpful in all sorts of real life situations to be able to estimate sizes, costs, and amounts, but it is also helpful as students get into higher level math. After spending a significant amount of time working out an Keep Reading...

## FREE Pigs Will Be Pigs Money Lessons!

There may not be any math topic that is more relevant to our everyday life than that of money. It's essential that we teach our kids to add and subtract money, to use it wisely and understand how to handle their money! The book Pigs Will Be Pigs by Amy Axelrod is an excellent introduction to money for kids and helps them understand not only how to add money, but also to realize that it is finite. These Pigs will Be Pigs money lessons are intended Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebies Round Up!

Welcome to the weekly round up of the best math teaching freebies from around the web! I try to share a variety of printable lessons and games for grades K-12, so I hope you find something useful! Kindergarten-2nd: I posted earlier this week about fun ways to use a hundreds chart, as well as some free hidden picture addition pages, so I was excited to find a couple more ideas! This post shows how you can very easily create puzzles to Keep Reading...

## Brilliant Ways to Use a Hundreds Chart

In my shopping for homeschool curriculum this year, I was able to find all sorts of wonderful math manipulatives at really amazing prices (thank you, consignment sales). *Please Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. Feel free to read our full disclosure policy here.* One small thing I picked up is a hundreds chart. It doesn't look like much (mine especially, it's rather well used), but it's an incredibly useful tool for Keep Reading...

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