Math Monday: Free interactive journal page download for Shapes Practice (Pre-K – 1st grade)

Beginning our Preschool Interactive Math Journals

Preschool interactive math notebooks with free printables for activities to try at home

Our new math journals 🙂

I started a simple interactive math notebook with N this week as a way to gather and document some of our learning moments — mostly for fun and something to look back on later, since he’s still only 4 and I want to establish a pattern of happy encounters with math :).

I was watching him cut something out with scissors and realized he’s probably ready to try practicing cutting things on actual lines, so I drew some basic shapes on different colors of construction paper and asked him if he could cut them out. It was definitely good practice, although a bit of a stretch to follow ALL the lines ;).

I pulled out some of our new composition notebooks we had picked up at Walmart (I CANNOT pass by a pile of cute composition notebooks during back to school sales without picking out more for our collection! So now I’m tasking myself with creating tons of interactive journals :).) Continue reading

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Crafts with Kids 101: My Aha! moment

We took the boys to a nearby children’s museum today, which is basically a “hu-normeous” (as my 4 y.o. calls it) building full of toys and activities for kids. We have a membership account with another local one, so we get 50% off several children’s museums in their network. This year we bought memberships passes to the zoo and the children’s museum, and between those two we have access to unlimited entertainment for the boys — well worth the price! 🙂 Continue reading

Math Monday: RightStart curriculum

We went to our state’s homeschooling convention recently. After surveying the math scene, we ended up buying a beginning math set from the RightStart curriculum. We had been to a homeschooling convention a few years ago and I had been so impressed with this curriculum that I had purchased the Geometry set, thinking I could incorporate it into my classroom since I was teaching high school Geometry that year. Well, as it turns out, there was no time or energy to be found that year, so the entire set sits invitingly on my bookshelf, waiting for new homeschooling adventures instead. 🙂 I decided this year to pick up the first set in the series and start it slowly with my son. (This is not an affiliate post — just stories of our experience with it.) Continue reading

Math Monday: Tessellations

This week in our spontaneous preschool* math adventures we’ve encountered tessellations, patterns, observations, arts and crafts, and dragons. (*Almost everything explained here could easily be duplicated with students of all ages; in fact, older students would be able to better understand and experiment with these ideas.)

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Math Monday: Cotton Ball Algebra

Cotton Ball Algebra

If you can lay a strong foundation in math for young children and lead them to discover how things work, keeping the learning environment stress-free and enjoyable, I believe this will give kids the best chance to entirely by-pass math anxiety and succeed in higher levels of math and science as they grow. Continue reading

Math Monday: 10-frame math with seashells

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nothing better than doing math with seashells in paw patrol pajamas!

I’ll randomly do some 10-frame math activities with N (now 4 y.o.). We’ve used egg cartons, sketches on paper, “official” ten frame plastic trains, and now a large plastic floor mat with seashells and expo markers.

I was a math teacher for several years, so sometimes it’s a bit hard to contain my excitement about numbers and patterns and logic and anything else that’s even tangentially math related. (ha! pun intended.) Continue reading

Simple geography

CaptureToday turned out to be a bit of a geography day.

We found out that some friends were collecting the state stickers from those little mandarin oranges. Apparently if you can collect all of the 50 state stickers from the Halo oranges, you can win prizes. Continue reading

Science folders

20170529_155313I haven’t made any curriculum choices yet for our upcoming years, but I love to stop by thrift stores and browse their books and toys sections. We’ve run across some great “homeschooling resources” this way for very little money! Continue reading

Math Monday: Sticker Bar Graphs

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A few weeks back, a friend inspired me with her creative use of vinyl stickers. During a play date, she gave the kids pages of stickers and let them decorate her windows. Continue reading