Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you might be looking for fun ways to get your students learning this holiday season! I know my kiddos sure enjoy a little FUN during the holidays and with our brand new Thanksgiving SMART Pack you can still include educational content
Thanksgiving BUMP is a super fun way to work on multiplication facts. Using a paperclip spinner students spin and multiple the number they land on by 10. Then, they cover that number with one of their markers (coin, flat marble) and it’s the next student’s turn. The goal is to get four in a row covered. If a number is already covered by the opponents marker you can, ‘BUMP,’ them off. A fun follow up worksheet is provided to reinforce skip counting by 10’s.
Thanksgiving SPIN and FRAME is another fun game for younger students. Children spin with a paperclip spinner then frame the number in the ten frame below. Provide students with fun holiday candies, such as candy corn or candy pumpkins to use as counters. A simple follow-up worksheet is provided to show mastery.
Turkey Trot is a FUN game for students learning to count to 100! Students take turns rolling the dice, adding their number and moving their marker across the hundreds board. Land on a multiple of 10 and you get to roll again. First one to 100 wins! A simple follow up worksheet is included for students to work on number value.
Roll a Turkey Printable Game is a fun drawing activity that also builds basic addition skills. Students roll two dice, add the value and then draw the corresponding turkey feature on their paper. Lots of silly turkeys will be made with this printable game. A follow-up worksheet provides students the opportunity to build addition equations, or work on number dot patterns.
Thanksgiving BINGO isn’t your average BINGO game! This game works with multiples of 10 so the calling cards are multiplication problems. The bingo caller will call out the problem (10 x 7) and the students will mentally solve the problem and find the correct square on their bingo board. The first one to get a bingo wins!
Find these 5 Thanksgiving Games and more in our new Thanksgiving SMART pack:
Let us do your holiday planning for you! SMART stands for Science, Math, Art, Reading and Take Home Review. We’ve included FIVE full days of thematic games, worksheets, and activities for your students covering all the bases. Everything prints in the order needed, simply print and go! Click Here for More Sample Pages.
As a homeschooling mother of four, I know all about the daily math struggles. I am currently using THREE different math programs in my classroom because each curriculum lends itself to a particular child and grade level. Of course, this is one of the many benefits of homeschooling….picking and choosing the curriculum that will aid in the development of individual skills.
Now, my youngest child just graduated Kindergarten this past year and one of the things that helped us build his Math skills was a daily learning folder. This folder became our go-to resource for covering key skills in a fun, engaging way. Each morning before his math lesson, he would pull out his folder and we’d verbally review different parts. This was very unscripted and simply intended at a warm-up activity. I would ask things like, “Find the number 55 on the hundreds chart,” or “What shape has four equal sides?” and he would use his folder to help solve the problem. Let me tell you that this folder WORKS! He quickly began to internalize and commit many key math concepts to memory and it only took about 5 minutes each morning. This was such a successful setup for our family so we wanted to be sure to include it in our new Interactive Math Curriculum:
Our Interactive Math Notebook is Comprehensive:
Interactive Math covers 4-days/week over 36-weeks and is a complete kindergarten math program. Prior to starting, students should have a good foundation in number recognition and number names. Over the course of the curriculum, students will learn number patterns, ordinal numbers, number value, addition, subtraction, counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s, place value, number bonds and more.
Practical Math: Each month students will focus on practical math concepts to develop necessary life-skills. These topics include counting money, telling time, using a ruler, estimating, reading a calendar and more.
Review Weeks: Review weeks cycle every 5 weeks and provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of concepts learned during the previous 4 weeks. Online math games targeting each concept are suggested for some extra fun practice while assessing student skill level. For more details please see the sample pages above or the chart below.
Our Interactive Math Notebook is FUN!:
Daily Warm Up Folder: Each day your student will review their daily warm up folder prior to starting any new lessons. This folder serves as a simple way to work on key math skills in small time chunks over the entire year. While we have teaching suggestions available, this is intended to be quick, unscripted time for you to connect with your student to cover key concepts.
Daily Lesson Worksheet
For each daily lesson, students receive an instructional worksheet covering a new concept or skill. Students follow simple instructions to complete the activity. As the week progresses, students build upon each specific skill with new and engaging activities. Each daily lesson is reinforced with a hands-on activity that prints on the back side of the page.
Daily Hands-on Activities & Games
For each daily lesson, students complete a hands-on activity page or game to reinforce the new concept or skill. We’ve taken great care to make sure these games require minimal prep work and use supplies that you are likely to have on hand.
Our Interactive Math Notebook is Organized & Ready to Go!
No more endless hours spent on Pinterest searching for fun, hands-on printables to keep your students engaged! Interactive Math includes everything you need to teach over the entire year and it prints out in the exact order you need it. With over 250+ pages, this set covers the following weekly topics:
Our Interactive Math Notebook is Engaging:
Best of all….Our Interactive Math Notebook is Inexpensive:
With the release of our newest product, “Shape of the Week,” we’ve been busy learning all about shapes. This new set is geared towards Tots and Preschoolers and includes lots of hands-on fun! Best of all it’s FREE and the shapes coordinate perfectly with our Shape of the Week program so you can easily integrate this into a fun center time activity.
Drive and Trace Mats should be used with small toy vehicles for children to drive around the shape. We recommend laminating them for durability. Students can then trace the shapes with a dry erase marker or a finger.
Print Drive and Trace Mats Free from our Sister Site: PreschoolMom.com
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If you have children working on their addition and subtraction skills, teaching them about fact families can go a long way! The idea of fact families is that numbers can be grouped and reordered to create different equations. This is a great way for children to visually see that numbers have relational values. With the number 2, 5, and 7 for example we can make four different equations:
Two addition equations:
5+2=7 and 2+5=7
Two subtraction equations:
7-5=2 and 7-2=5
Learning that numbers can be interchanged like this provides children with core strategies they can use to solve more difficult math problems later in life. Plus, fact families are fun to learn!
I’ve even included a follow up worksheet children can use to show mastery.
While I recommend purchasing a set of plastic number tiles (I use these all the time) you can also print a set of paper number tiles that you can laminate and use in your classroom.
Multiplication facts have been one of the HUGE chores of homeschooling. No matter how many times my children have these facts memorized, they always seem to regress backwards and forget random pairs of facts. We often review multiplication facts over the Summer (in fact, this Summer we’re trying out the Times Tables Videos) to help make up for these gaps. So today, I wanted to make something that was FUN but also included multiplication practice: Skip Counting Maze Worksheets
This set features a fun number maze alongside skip counting dots for children. If you laminate these pages, and use a dry erase marker you can reuse these sheets over and over again in your classroom. You might even challenge children to a SPEED test to see how fast they can complete the sheet. This set includes multiplication practice for numbers 2-9 and you can print them free on our sister site BrainyMaze.com
Okay….let’s face it. Some children do not like to write. I know because I have a child who would rather eat fried worms then write a sentence on his paper. It’s true.
Over the years I’ve had to find creative ways to encourage him to get his letters down on the paper in a neat and orderly fashion. And I wish I would have had these fun mats when he was younger, as I’m sure it would have been a fantastic introduction to learning to write his numbers in the proper formation.
These printable Number Mats are tons of fun, children can drive the vehicle through the road to make each number. I’ve included a fun formation rhyme which helps them to remember how to make each number.
You could even take things a step further and let your child drive their card in a sand tray, or in the dirt….maybe even dip the wheels into some paint and let them practice “Driving” the numbers across a page.
Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away, and we’ve got some adorable Love Bug activities you can use with your students this year! Children love to play with Valentine’s Day candy, so take advantage of this and sneak in a little hands on math fun with our free Love Bug Math Mats.
This set also includes four different follow up worksheets for children to show their skills learned in these activities. Addends up to 5 are used for addition and subtraction equations.
Print these super adorable resources free from our sister site Preschool Mom
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Hot off the press are three new Second Grade Math games for your students! These games have been cleverly designed to keep your children engaged and having fun while learning.
Children draw tickets and record ticket sales…..but the rounding clown wants them round!
A simple printable game for children learning the rules of rounding numbers up to 100.
The Rounding Clown is always Clowning Around!!
This is a simple Skip Counting Chart you can glue to a folder for children to practice.
This set includes nine different worksheets, that can be used to build mastery for numbers 2-10.
Skip Counting BUMP is played by rolling two dice and then marking a space on the number line.
If you roll a 4 and a 2 for example you can either mark off 2×4 (8) or 4×2 (8) on either number line.
The goal is to get four in a row so you need be strategic about where you place your token.
If someone is already on a number you can bump them off!
With the first day of school upon us, it’s a great time to work on counting to 100! I’ve just created this super adorable set of counting cards and charts for working on key counting skills. This set includes counting cards to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 25’s as well as a full size hundreds board. Combine this with our Write to 100 Pack for a handy unit to start off your school year. You might even add this to your Daily Folder for quick impromptu review with your child.
Today I have a fantastic expansion set to add to our Mini Office Printables!
Our Mini office has been an amazing resource for my son’s Preschool and Kindergarten years, and I wanted to make sure I added in a few First Grade items for his upcoming year.
I decided to offer this as a First Grade Expansion Pack and it’s full of helpful resources you can use with your students
So What is a Mini Office?
A Mini Office is basically a custom built learning resource for your student. The goal of a mini-office is to serve as a self led reference chart for children, freeing up time for teacher to work with other students and encouraging children to find answers to their own questions. The benefit of making a mini office is also in the size and the minimal supply list. All you’ll need is a couple of file folders, scissors, glue, and your printable pages.
(It’s near the bottom as I’ve got assembly instructions and other expansions available there as well)
What’s Included in this Expansion Pack:
- Telling Time (clock with moveable hour and minute hands, 5 minute intervals around)
- Place Value Blocks (written word, number form and place value up to 1000)
- Shape Symmetry (visual depiction of a line of symmetry)
- Skip Counting (numbers 2-12, up to 12 numbers. First Grade Use: 2, 5, 10, and maybe 3)
- Rounding Numbers (Visual Rounding Clown to help children round and estimate)
- Writer’s Glove (The 5 W’s: Who, What, Where, When, and Why for writing sentences)
- USA State Map & Compass (State Names as well as Directional Compass for daily practice)
- My Address/My Phone (Use as Reference and Practice)
My son won’t be starting his First Grade year until this September, so I might add a few more updates to this pack by then. Be sure you are subscribed to our newsletter if you’d like updates on available resources!
Learning about place value is tons of fun with this NEW free file folder game from File Folder Fun.
This is a multiplayer game that includes high quality place value cards for children to race to 3000!
Children in grades K-5 can play this game with a little instruction, and a helpful place value chart is included for reference.
My boys are crazy about Monsters.
I’m not sure why but they love creepy, goopy, slimy looking creatures, but they do.
Monsters can be cute too though right?
My four year old drew these silly Monster Brothers and I thought they were absolutely adorable.
(Side Note: Scan your children’s artwork into your computer to save them)
Use this worksheet to reinforce key number bonds that make 10. Children can use counters to cover the monsters while they compute the equations.
This is a great game to play with children who are learning number bonds that add up to 10. Children choose a wheel and then find the correct second wheel to solve the equation.
Making ten games are always a great way to build key math skills for your Kindergarten and First Grade kiddos. Children can easily memorize which numbers can be joined together to make 10, and it’s a skill that will be important through out their entire lives!
Ten Frame Boards are simple boards with ten squares.
Usually a portion of the squares are filled in with marker (7 are filled above) and it’s the child’s job to figure out how many more need to be added to make 10.
Children can visually see that three more are needed so they can place the markers accordingly.
(btw……we love these counters here)
Anyway, I wanted to create a game that included the actual numbers on the Make 10 boards.
Can you tell that I really want my boys to do some quick memorizing of these number bonds?
I’m hoping that soon they will start to identify the missing number without counting.
This is also a great early introduction to algebra, you could say something like “Oooh, we have a mystery number!! 7 plus what = 10?”
The set includes 10 different number bonds, you simply cut them out as shown above and let children match them back up again. I thought perhaps the numbers might be a bit confusing, which is why I colored the markers orange and purple, so I would encourage children to make sure each number bond has different colors.
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I don’t know what it is about the number 100 but my boys are constantly trying to get there.
They want to do 100 jumps on the trampoline, build a tower 100 blocks high, and I’m convinced they try to ask me “WHY?” at least 100 times a day.
In our house, there are so many opportunities in REAL LIFE to practice counting to 100, but the actual writing to 100 is something new for my Kindergartner.
He’s been working super hard this year with his Mini Office, so I wanted this set to sort of emulate the same chart he’s been using to learn his numbers.
I included quite a few different printable worksheets in this pack:
- Tracing to 100
- Fill in the Blank
- Counting by 2
- Counting by 5
- Counting by 10
Because children need so much practice, I recommend sliding these into a page protector or laminating these and using a dry erase marker
These printable nets can be helpful for teaching young students geometry and geometric concepts.
Plus they are sorta fun to make!
We recommend you print your nets on colored paper. Â This makes it more fun and colorful.
You can print on cardstock and laminate if you’re making a classroom set, but we’ve just used regular strength printer paper for this set.
Cut your nets out carefully, the tabs are in light gray and can be difficult to see on the colored paper, so go slow!
Crease all your folds. Â We assembled ours so that the lines are inside the shape and don’t show.
Use a glue stick on the tabs for best results.
Here is how our cube looks when assembled!
They won’t be perfect, but they are an inexpensive way to add a little hands on fun to your math lessons.
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A Mini Office is basically a custom built learning resource for your student. Â The goal of a mini-office is to serve as a self led reference chart for children, freeing up time for teacher to work with other students and encouraging children to find answers to their own questions. Â The benefit of making a mini office is also in the size and the minimal supply list. Â All you’ll need is a couple of file folders, scissors, glue, and your printable pages. Â (Free Mini Office Printables Below)
To assemble your mini office simply cut the tabs off of two file folders and glue them back to back. Â This will create a three panel office. Â You can make a larger office if you want to include extra information, however I find that the three panel is useful for small hands and when it’s stood on end it makes a great privacy blocker. Â (This is especially helpful if you’re teaching around the kitchen table.)
Really you can add whatever resources you want your child to study. Â In a homeschool setting, I’ve found these reference folders to be helpful for PreK-3rd graders, but you could certainly use them with older children as well. Â You might consider ways to build your folder so that you can expand and adapt it as your child grows. Â Alternatively, you can create multi-leveled folders for each student year. Â The resources provided below can be adapted to suit your needs.
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My daughter HATES math.
VERY MUCH SO.
She does her math homework first thing in the morning.
Which if you know her, really means she dislikes it.
Some days Most days she bombards me with questions like,
It’s TOO HARD!
(which isn’t a question)
She is not behind in math,
She might even be a tad ahead, but she really EARNS that position,
it most definitely doesn’t come naturally to her.
My son, on the other hand, enjoys math.
He is a thinker.
a problem solver.
If you happen to be new,
and anywhere within 100 or so feet of him,
he might surprise you by pulling a brain teaser out of his pocket
and demand that you match wits to see who can solve it first.
Math is his favorite subject,
something he looks forward to,
and if it were up to him,
math would be the only subject of the day.
He says things to me like:
“Math is my favorite subject”
“If it were up to me, math would be the only subject of the day.”
But, even though they are both so very different in their enthusiasm towards math,
they both really like CTC Math.
Which is good because CTC Math sent us a free subscription to try out their program and let our readers know what we thought.
So, are you interested in an online math program? Here’s the deal:
CTC Math is a supplemental online math program for K-12.
A Subscription to CTC Math Includes:
1,367 animated and narrated math lessons (VIDEOS!!!)
A bank of over 57,000 interactive questions
Instant feedback to students and regular reporting to parents
Algebra, statistics, geometry, trigonometry, probability plus more
Here’s how all that looks:
Essentially, you can start your child at any grade level and any topic that you want. Just choose your grade, choose your stream, and then choose a specific topic.
If you don’t know where to start, each topic includes an optional comprehensive test, and an instant report you can view to diagnose problem areas.
I actually already know that Bubba needs to work on Statistics and Probability so I put him in 3rd grade; Statistics; Graphs and Charts.
Clicking on the topic takes me directly to the video lesson.
Each video lesson is under 10 minutes long. (Can I get an Amen?) They are simple, easy to understand, and usually include interactions within the lesson.
Children can pause, stop, rewind any of the videos on their own. Big buttons. Real simple like.
Not to mention the teacher is Australian.
(Seriously, what kid can ignore a math teacher that sounds like The Crocidile Hunter?)
Follow Up Questions:
Direcly after the video lesson, children complete the follow up questions. This is all done online and often involves click and drag positioning to answer some questions. I want to point this out because the response of the actual graphics is fantastic.
I’m very impressed with how easy the tools and objects on the screen move around and respond to user interaction. They also make sense. (Which, if you’ve ever sent your children to a state required math assessment, you know how frustrating bad computer graphics and response can be.) CTC Math is crisp and easy to work with, there are no technical frustrations and children are free to focus on learning.
After taking the required questions, children are given an immediate report and it’s easy to visually see where the child missed the mark. For example, in Bubba’s report above I can easily determine that my child understands the concept of picture graphs, but mixed up the numbers. I can see that I don’t need to keep teaching pictographs, but I need to give him tools to SLOW down and carefully approach math problems so we don’t make simple mistakes. Additional reports are saved in the parent login area so you can always access and pull up you’re children’s work.
Family Pricing, CTC Math has competetive homeschool pricing. Even Better: CTCMath is offering our readers 60% off + BOGO, which means when you purchase a year subscription, you’ll actually get two years!!
Optional Testing. I can’t tell you how many online programs MAKE you test, or email the administrator to change the grade level of your children. With CTCMath comprehensive tests are offered for each subcategory, but they are NOT required to begin working at a particular grade level…..which leads me to my next pro:
Ability to bounce from grade level to grade level. CTC Math covers Kindergarten through Trigonometry. This is a helpful feature if you have a child who struggles with fractions but is amazing with division. You as the parent can assign them to different grade levels to continually build on their knowledge without any lapses.
Reports are Easy to understand. You can easily see what areas your children are proficient in, or what areas they need more instruction with.
No Visual Distractions. It’s not gimmicky. There are no flashing ads, no “design your own” avatars, and all that jazz. It’s simple. With a highly distractable child, this is something I can really appreciate.
NO CD’s!! Video lessons are streaming online, which keeps things simple. No disks to loose, scratch, or turn into flying saucers in the middle of a lesson.
I actually don’t have any cons for CTCMath. (is that possible?) I WAS planning on complaining that the lessons weren’t available on our mobile devices, but I just pulled out my Kindle Fire to find that CTCMath is compatible with iPad and Android devices. I didn’t even have to download anything, it just pulled right up using HTML5 instead of Flash.
That was pretty impressive.
And if you still have any doubt, you can try CTCMath for free.
None of that credit card baloney either, just enter your email and you’ll immediately be able to take quite a few lessons…..see for yourself why over 200,000 students use this program.
If you do, let me know what you think below!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed!
We have a winner!!
Comment #188 was:
We actually use many different Learning Resources products already,
so I was pretty excited to have a NEW item in our collection!
And I even got to choose which one!
Can you guess what I picked?
(Ya’ll know about my math fact troubles lately right?)
I chose a game called, “POP for Addition and Subtraction”
The suggested age level for this game is 6-8
and it retails for $9.99
It’s cute, It’s colorful,
and it’s helping my kiddos to learn (and relearn) those evasive math facts.
Like I mentioned last week,
we are hitting the math facts pretty hard around here.
So I thought it would be nice to change it up with a math fact game,
and seriously, a little friendly competition goes a long ways around here.
Not to mention that it’s fun to play!
Here’s the deal:
The game includes a spinner and an assortment of math fact gumballs.
On each turn, your child spins the spinner
Then draws the appropriate amount of gumballs from the “gumball machine” (i.e. box)
In order to keep the gumballs children have to say the answer to the math fact printed on the gumball.
If they get the answer correct, they keep the gumball in their pile.
If they don’t get it correct, the gumball goes back into the box.
If they draw a “POP” gumball, all of their accumulated math facts go back into the box.
(the POP gumball is now out of play).
The game continues until all gumballs have been collected.
They are then counted and a winner is declared.
Everything is stored in the box, making it simple to store and easy to use.
(it would totally fit in a stocking if you’re looking for ways to stretch that homeschool budget!)
There are two levels of game play and the directions for both are printed on the back of the box
(how thoughtful is that
With 90 gumballs, this game is for any number of players.
You can play this game at home with one child or use it in your classroom.
Classroom Idea: Sometimes it’s fun to have an end of the day activity or ritual in your classroom….you know like a little fun treat children can look forward to.
I think it would be super cute for children to choose a gumball fact to solve on their way out and exchange it for a small treat, or sticker for their charts. You could even make the “POP” gumballs stand for something special. It would encourage children to be working on those math facts at home to show what they’ve learned each day.
I’m sure YOU can think of creative ways to use this game too!
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