I will say it again, "No more boring math practice!" Nothing is worse than trying to put a worksheet filled with math facts in front of your child and expect him or her to do it without no fuss. Unless you child is a future mathematician and wants to do math all day long, your child is probably like mine. As soon as the worksheet is put in front of him, he starts throwing himself around saying he doesn't want to it, its boring. Well, I think I solved the problem, well at least for my son, I hope I did you for too!
Say goodbye to boring math fact practice and hello to fun math practice games. This template packet comes with 6 fun ways to practice math, you can use dice, playing cards or dominoes. We have used the domino template and my son really enjoyed it, plus my older children got involved too, so that just made it even easier to get him interested.
As always this is free to print. You can grab your template packet here. If you are interested in more math games, you can check out my math memory packet here.
I would love to hear what ideas you have about making math fun! Let me know in the comments.
Does your child struggle with number words? I created this fun practice sheet that can used as a reference for when your child gets stuck on those pesky number words.
The best thing is that you can put the sheet in a plastic sleeve and your kiddo can use a dry erase marker to do the worksheet over and over again. Once they can do the sheet without your help, have them write on the actual sheet and put it in a binder or folder for notes to be used in the future.
As always this is a free printable you can print as many times as you like. If your kiddo is like mine who gets overwhelmed easily, only do one sheet at a time. I will most likely have him complete a sheet a day.
What activities do you do to practice number words? Let me know in the comments!
Having a foundation in math is so important. If a child knows the basics, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, they can learn anything. I think we focus so much on them knowing how to count starting at one, that we forget how important it is for them to know how to count backwards.
If you have been following my blog you know that my son is struggling with his reading and math, so I have went back to see what he doesn't know and fill in those gaps. Well, he struggles with counting backwards. It is funny that I thought since he knew how to count forward he could count backwards. But what seems obvious is not so obvious to others.
My son has trouble recognizing patterns, so it makes sense that you would have a problem counting backwards. So I created this fun Easter themed activity. It is free to print, you will just have to get poster board or something to glue the pieces on. You can print it out here.
I went ahead and set my poster up. Now, I am cheap and I don't have color ink, so my eggs and bunny are in black and white. But, the printable that I created is in color. My son has to do things in chunks or he gets confused, so we will be doing a set of eggs a day instead of doing it all at once.
You can see that I glued some of the eggs on already, this will give him a base to help him count backwards.
What fun activities do you do to practice counting backwards with your kiddos? Let me know in the comments!
I have decided that my son would benefit from doing traditional homeschool, right now he is part of an e-school. My son is on an IEP and I feel that I need to pull him and start from the beginning. Once I figure out what he doesn't know, I can focus on those things. I feel that his current school is just pushing him along.
So to begin with, I am using Easy Peasy curriculum for math. I already know he can count to 100, he knows how to recognize numbers up to 100. So I just started to go through and picked a few things that he hasn't really touched on in his current curriculum to see if he knows it.
I started with even and odd numbers. He seems like he knows it, but after today's lesson, I want to make sure he knows it for sure. So I created this fun number sort. I have the numbers through 100, but will most likely do them in blocks, he gets overwhelmed easily.
If your kiddo needs practice, feel free to print this out and give it a go.
Check out these other resources to use when teaching about Even and Odd Numbers:
What fun activities do you do to practice even and odd numbers? Let me know in the comments.
We are at that point in the our schooling year where we talk about time. My son, a second grader, does pretty well for someone who only was introduced to the subject last year. So for extra practice, I found a cool clock project. You can find it here! I had my clock all ready and we started our lesson. In the book I was using, it had a fun way to get kids to set the time on the clock and then tell you what time it is. It went something like this, " The hour hand is between 2 and 3 and the minute hand is on the 6, what time is it?" My son had a blast with this, so I went a step further and made some more fun riddles!
I really like the fact that the clock has a a section where you can fold it down and it has what the minute is. It not only helps with telling time, but it is also great practice for counting by 5's!!!! Two purposes in one!
Here is a free printable riddle sheet for What Time Is It?!?
What fun activities do you do to practice telling time? Let me know in the comments!
I am so excited that my brain is spitting out all of these awesome things to help with recognizing teen numbers. My son really enjoyed working in his Teen Numbers book, you can check out that post here. So my next project I did was, Name That Teen Mini Game! It is a simple board game with the teen numbers, 11-19, all around the board.
You can print the game board here. I glued mine on a cereal box side, but you can just play as is when you print it out. Now you are ready to play the game. Pick some game pieces, we play with small Lego pieces, and use one die to roll. Roll the die and move that many spaces and say the number, that simple. Simple and fun is what I do best. Too complicated frustrates my son, so I try to make all of our "fun" learning simple, so when we do the "not so fun" learning he isn't burned out.
What type of games do you play to practice teen numbers? Let me know in the comments.
I don't know what it is, but my son has the hardest time with teen numbers. You can show him numbers all the way up to 100 and has no problems telling you what they are, as soon as you show him a 15, he says 51, it is so odd and he does that with the all the teen numbers. Now if I say no, he will count to himself until he gets to the 15 and says it correctly, but to just look at it and say it, he always says the number backwards.
So I did some research and my creative juices started to flow. I completed the first project in my teen number series, the Teen Numbers Booklet! It is a simple booklet that has counting, tracing and even the number as a word. I am not very good at making a book, so I used some glue to put it together, so please google how to put the book together, because I am not the person to ask, I will make it more confusing than it really is. Even my husband was confused on how I put it together, lol (I don't have color in my printer, but the pictures are in color)
Inside you will find fun pictures to count and I used a tracing font, so your child can count the pictures, trace the number and trace the number word. Here is the PDF, if the PDF doesn't print like a booklet, send me an email and let me know and I will send you the word file that prints out like a booklet.
Do you have any suggestions on how to make learning the teen numbers fun? Let me know in the comments
Today in math my son and I were working on subtraction. Two digits on top, single on bottom. A little background on my son. He has a learning disability. He needs the directions or instructions told to him several times and he has to be told in steps, not all at once. So today I caught myself repeating how to subtract with every problem we did.
So to make life a little bit easier, I made this awesome reference for him. It has a nice tune to it, so it is fun to say and it will stick in his head. Trust me, give it a try, you will be saying it just to say it! I will say that I didn't come up with the wording, I found it a long time ago, but I did make the sheet that I am about to share with you. So *thumbs up* to the person who came up with the wording. I just made it pretty *wink*
Please feel free to print this out and hang it in your learning area or put it in a binder for your student to reference in the future.
I will be the first to admit that I struggled with math all through my schooling years. I had to take the high school proficiency test 4 times and I think the last time they just passed me..lol The one thing I did enjoy and I was surprisingly good at, was order of operations, oh and I am awesome at my multiply facts.
When the time came to teach my older kids order of operations, I was super excited. Unfortunately they struggle with math too, must have got that bad gene from me..lol So I created a math binder with notes in it, so they can refer back to whenever they get stuck on a math problem. It has come in handy over the years and I am slowly but surely getting all the notes into fun printable sheets that you can use in your notes binder or even to hang in your learning area.
For all of you P.E.M.D.A.S. lovers, here is a chart to help your kiddos remember the Order Of Operations.
As a kid I struggled with word problems. I had a hard time understanding what I was reading and figuring out which operation to use was not easy for me. So I came up with a way to help my kids figure out what operation to use and what key words to look for in the word problems.
I created this anchor chart, I keep a copy of my charts in a binder for my children to pull out and reference when they are stuck. You can do that or you can print it out and hang it in your learning area.
What tricks do you use to help figure out which operation to use? Let me know in the comments!
I have been homeschooling for about 9 years now. It is so funny how times have changed from when I was in school. When I was in school, math class for 1st and 2nd grade was all about memorizing math facts, you get a sheet that was filled with math facts and you just go through and write the answers. The tests were the same way, you get a test with just plain math facts and all that was required was the answers. If the answers were right, you got credit for it.
In first and second grade I taught my daughters math facts just like I learned them, when adding double digits, you just add the ones column and the tens column and that was it. Now my son is in second grade and math is not that simple anymore. It is all about how you got the answers, breaking them down into simpler addition problems to get the same answers. I struggled with this myself, so it took me a long time to figure out how to do math this way. After I figured it out, I was amazed on how easy it was. I didn’t have to teach him about carrying the one, it was broken down to the point where all he had to do was add the ones column and tens column and boom he got the answer.
So, to help with this method I made this template using two things, a white board and masking tape.
Now, of course math is not always going to be easy, but for 1st and 2nd graders this is a genius way to do adding! Please feel free to use this idea.
What tricks do you have to teach adding to your elementary school children? Let me know in the comments.
My name is Robin. I am a homeschooling mom of three and I just love to find ways to make learning fun. I am so excited to share my ideas with you. I try to make my ideas as inexpensive as possible. Most of the items I use are things that are around most houses and if you have a printer and ink you are all set. Please feel free to use these ideas in your own learning adventure with your children.