Category: Math General Posts

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Place Value Math and Favorite Math Activities for Ages 4-6

I have a ton of math activities and free resources to share with you in this post! We started working on Place Value when my kids were about 4. We came across some free Montessori materials and used them for years and years. I thought I would spend a little time highlighting these activities again because I know they’ve gotten a lot of hits through the years.  These activities are...

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Free Minecraft Math Addition & Subtraction Practice Pack

Today I’m going to share this Minecraft themed addition and subtraction packet that I made for my daughter.  It’s free to download! It’s the beginning of the year, so ED definitely needs some review of some of the basic addition and subtraction facts. Combine math facts with her beloved Minecraft characters and she’ll beg to “play” more!! Although they are not presented in this order in the packet, we first...

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Finding a Homeschool Math Curriculum

What math homeschool curriculum works well for your family?  We have tried out many different homeschool curriculums.  I tried to come up with a fairly comprehensive list of math curriculums that are available. This week, I updated and added to last year’s post on Choosing a Homeschool Math Curriculum.  That post was so meaty and has so many good links, I’m going to send you straight there! Just let me add,...

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First Grade Math – Games for Math Fact Practice

Over the past couple of weeks, ED and I have been having a lot of fun with her math and she’s made some really good progress with her subtraction facts and with her skip counting. I thought I would share some of the activities she’s been up to. It had been a while since we pulled out our Fast Track math board game. That definitely infused a lot of energy and enthusiasm...

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Free Easter Skip Counting Pages (2s-6s)

My daughter continues to work on the beginnings of multiplication and is practicing skip counting daily.  I made these Easter skip counting worksheets for her (she has only worked on 2s thru 6s at this point).  These  Easter skip counting pages are free to download! 🙂 By the way, I suggest that you print two mazes per page to save on paper. Free Easter Skip Counting Pages 2s thru 6s We...

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Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day!! My normally sleepy kids set their alarms to be sure they would be up by 9:26am this morning!! “You DO realize, Mom,” DD informed me… “that this is LITERALLY a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Yes, this is the same DD who has more than 30 digits of Pi memorized. But, she is always quick to point out that her best friend has 50 digits memorized in...

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Montessori Subtraction Pages (with borrowing)

I made this set of Montessori-Style subtraction pages for ED to practice borrowing.  She started using these last week.  I know lots of people have downloaded our Montessori Style Addition pages and thought some of you might find these pages useful too!  They are free to download: Montessori Style Subtraction with Borrowing   Other Montessori Style Math Worksheets You Might Be Interested In: Free Montessori Style Addition Sheets (Without Regrouping)...

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Dragon-Themed Math Pages – Beginning Multiplication, Addition-Subtraction

This Thursday, Feb. 19th, is Chinese New Year. ED continues to work on multiplication for the first time and I wanted to make her some worksheets again this week to work on moving from skip counting to simple multiplication problems. There are 7 pages, 3 of them include addition with regrouping and simple subtraction problems.  Her worksheets are dragon-themed to celebrate the Chinese New Year! I hope someone else can use...

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Valentine’s Day Math Worksheets: Multiplication, Skip Counting, Addition, Subtraction

I made these Valentine’s Day math worksheets for my daughter who is *just* learning about multiplication.  She knows how to skip count pretty well and has been asking to learn multiplication.  These sheets are pretty basic and cover multiplication by 2s, 5s and 10s. Several of the pages have clocks at the top (to help her see that she already knows 5×3, 5×6 and 5×9).   There are also a...

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Homeschool Week in Review (Grades 1, 4, 6)

The biggest challenge this week? Just getting going each morning! This past week was our third week back since the break. In some ways, it was my toughest yet.  There are some days/weeks when we we dive into our homeschooling with enthusiasm and zeal, but other times it’s hard to get started, though once we do, we generally get things done. This was one of those weeks that was that bit...

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I laughed so hard…

Today during math circles we had this mind bender:  Cut this magic carpet into three pieces and sew it back together to make a 6×6 carpet. DD and LD got it WAAaaaayy before ED and I did.  ED was sad that she hadn’t gotten it yet, so LD said Well, you are young and your mind is just developing. Mom’s mind is old and her mind is rotting! That had...

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Critical Thinking Activities – Math Circles

A few days ago, I mentioned that we started back into homeschooling with Math Circles rather than jumping into our “normal” math curriculum. What are math circles? From what I understand, they started in Russia where they hosted math contests.  Students competed to answer various word problems. The contest itself was designed to get students intrigued and excited about mathematics. There’s something similar here in the US called the Math Olympiad....

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Brilliant Way for Kids to Understand Pi

Just a quick note for you this morning because I thought you might like this too. When I saw this, I just knew I’d have to share it with the kids! They have taken to memorizing π. (I think DD knows π to 31 digits and her best friend knows it to 50 digits (in two languages, she tells me!)! Um… I’m not sure why, but it’s impressive!).  The illustration below makes π so...