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Low Prep Math: Number Order

Skills Number Order Counting Vocabulary: before, after Materials Deck of cards First, I laid out the cards in order and she matched each card. Next, I had her lay out the cards in order without laying them on top. She did use the previous line of card to help her. She told me, "Let's make… Continue reading Low Prep Math: Number Order

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Low-Prep Preschool: Letter Sounds

Since Breckyn is able to identify all of the letters, I thought it was time we moved on to sounds. She has been working on them at preschool, so she has a good head start on them already.   I had planned on writing the letters on the big white poster board. She was watching… Continue reading Low-Prep Preschool: Letter Sounds

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Low-Prep Learning: Letter Dotting

Last week, we picked up a Bingo Dotter from the Dollar Tree. I didn't know what we would do with it at the time, but Breckyn picked it out of her learning box today so I had to come up with something quickly. Luckily, I have the best ideas when I'm forced to think of… Continue reading Low-Prep Learning: Letter Dotting

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“What should I be doing to get my child ready for Kindergarten?”

Teachers are a lot like doctors and nurses. When you have a weird rash or you feel like maybe you're dying but don't want to go into the doctor's office, you ask your nurse/doctor friend for advice or put out a facebook post saying "Doctor and Nurse friends...?" When you have a question like "Should… Continue reading “What should I be doing to get my child ready for Kindergarten?”

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Low-Prep Math: Dice and Chalk

I have to be honest. Many of the learning activities my kids do are usually thought up by them. This one was totally the 4-year-old's idea!  She found some dice in the garage and said she wanted to roll it and write her numbers. So that's what we did! My Kindergartener joined right in, and… Continue reading Low-Prep Math: Dice and Chalk

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Why My Children Use Workbooks

Play based learning, hands on learning, learning through discovery...they've taken over Pinterest, leading us to believe that worksheets and workbooks are a big no-no. But I believe they have a place in learning, if used correctly. It's not the worksheet that is the problem (at home or in the classroom), it's how they are used.… Continue reading Why My Children Use Workbooks

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Low Prep Math Activities: Domino Counting

All you need is dominoes (Mine are from Amazon!) and some paper for this easy-to-prepare activity.  The directions are just as simple: count the dots and place the domino on the paper with the matching number. Skills: One-to-one correspondence Recognizing numerals Matching sets Number Order   Both girls, ages 4 and 5 1/2, were able… Continue reading Low Prep Math Activities: Domino Counting

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Low Prep Math Activities: Missing Numbers

I LOVE math. It is my FAVORITE thing to teach at school, so of course I enjoy practicing it with my kids! This low-prep math activity works on: *Counting *Identifying numbers *Finding a missing number *Hand-eye coordination Simply write a number sequence on a jumbo craft stick and the missing number on a clothespin. (Mine… Continue reading Low Prep Math Activities: Missing Numbers