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Category Archives: Math

4 Easy Ways To Practice Skip Counting

4 Easy Ways To Practice Skip Counting

Skip counting is being able to count forwards and backwards in multiples, such as twos, fours, fives, tens, etc. Skip counting is an important skill as it helps kids develop fluency in calculation and is the basis for multiplication and division. I love watching kids learning to play with numbers, but I’ve noticed that there… Continue Reading

3 Easy Math Games To Teach Kids About Shapes

3 Easy Math Games To Teach Kids About Shapes

Square, triangle, rectangle . . . most kids learn these pretty early. What about other shapes? Pentagon, hexagon, octagon, nonagon . . . Teaching about shapes can be fun. Before we jump into some math games to teach kids about shape, let’s talk a little about the language you need to teach them. Polygon A… Continue Reading

My Gift To You: 12 Days Of Math Games

My Gift To You: 12 Days Of Math Games

This holiday season, I decided to give you something more useful than a partridge in a pear tree—or another #1 teacher mug. I find you can never have too many math games to keep kids engaged, so today I’m sharing 12 of my favorites. 12 math games to use in class These 12 games cover… Continue Reading

3 Easy Math Skills Games To End Homework Battles

3 Easy Math Skills Games To End Homework Battles

Homework gives students another chance to practice and review concepts and skills that you teach in class, but nobody loves it. Help students and parents end homework battles by giving homework that doesn’t feel like a chore. Today I’m sharing 3 easy math skills games I love for practicing math and ending homework battles. 3… Continue Reading

How To Teach Times Tables And Keep It Fun

How To Teach Times Tables And Keep It Fun

There has been debate in recent years about whether kids should learn their times tables. Some educators feel that rote memorization is no good if kids don’t understand. Others argue that knowing times tables helps build confidence and gives students the ability to do higher level math. I don’t think the two positions are mutually… Continue Reading

7 Free Hundreds Chart Math Activities And Puzzles

7 Free Hundreds Chart Math Activities And Puzzles

Seeing the patterns in numbers helps kids in math. It helps them with different math functions, but first, it helps them to read and count numbers beyond 100. Knowing that numbers have a particular order and remembering the order can be quite a challenge for some kids. Using a hundreds chart gives many opportunities to… Continue Reading

How To Make 5 Mental Math Strategies Fun

How To Make 5 Mental Math Strategies Fun

Mental math—the estimating and calculating you do in your head—is an essential part of learning math. Mental math helps students build a sense of numbers and how they work. And as students gain control and command over numbers, they gain confidence and enjoyment of math (a plus for those of you with kiddos who “hate… Continue Reading

How to Motivate Kids Who “Hate Math”

How to Motivate Kids Who “Hate Math”

I’ve students who love math, but I’ve had a lot more who say that they hate math. When kids have a mindset against math, it can get in the way of learning. It can be tough to shake an “I hate math” mentality, but it’s useful. 4 Reasons Kids Hate Math (and how to get… Continue Reading

17 Inspirational Quotes About Math For Your Classroom

17 Inspirational Quotes About Math For Your Classroom

If you’re lucky, most of your students like math and see it as fun, but if they don’t teaching math is part inspiration. To help, I’ve shared 17 reasons to love math (Have you and your class come up with others?) And to keep math fun, try these easy math games. Today, I’ve got inspiring math… Continue Reading

How To Play Easy Math Games Using Dice

How To Play Easy Math Games Using Dice

Math games let kids practice and consolidate math skills in a non-threatening and highly motivational way. You can find tons of online math games, but most of my favorite math games are decidedly low tech. You don’t need much more than a deck of cards or some dice to play many fun math games. Today… Continue Reading