Hi everyone,

There's no Math on Monday post today - sorry, but it will be back and up in 2 weeks.  Right now I am, not only, concentrating on starting up my new year, but I have a little surprise coming up. We only started back at school last Monday, and last Friday afternoon is when I met my new students.  So the next few weeks are going to be crazy busy for me.


This past month has been totally exciting for me and I've hit some big milestones.   This past week my blog passed 100,000 views, my pinterest account went over 300 followers, and my Teachers Pay Teachers store went over 400 followers.  So I'd like to reward those of you who already a follower, and add an incentive to those of you who might want to be a new follower.  I am heading up a huge giveaway of Teacher Pay Teachers products.  It will be announced on Friday.  There's over 20 free products from various TPT stores for the winner.  Stay tuned as I'll have the Rafflecopter link up on friday.  

thanks for stopping by, and see you back on friday!

Math on Mondays and a first day back - yipeeee!

Here's another look back at my old series Math on Mondays.  Today in British Columbia we are going back to work after a bitter and long teachers' strike.  Today is the first day of school after 14 weeks off.  I am sooooo excited to see my kidlets again.

Now it's time again for Math on Mondays!  10 frames are soooooo useful.  This week we were working on 10 frames and number concept.  I really want my students to be able to visualize those 10 frames in their heads.  It will make addition and subtraction with 2 digit numbers so much easier to learn.  So we were working as a group and I was flashing up the 10 frames with the candy corn  - see last week's post.  But I realized that some of the children were getting bored and not focused on what they were doing.  Something I learned from all my years of teaching Kindergarten, was that you can turn simple lessons into a simple game and the students LOVE it!  It doesn't even need to make much sense to you as an adult, just turn it into a game and the kids love it.  So I decided, on the spur of the moment, to turn this activity into a game.

I partnered them all up and gave each child a 10 frame, some bingo chips and a stack of 10 frame cards - you can see them in the middle of the photo above.

 Then one child turned over the top card and placed it in the middle.  They then raced against each other to fill their 10 frame to match the card.  Once they were done they stood up.  The first one to stand up got a point.

I also told them to let the youngest start with the cards first to prevent arguments over who started.

As you can see in the photo above, this works with groups of 3 as well.

I let them play for 5 or 10 minutes, until they got bored. 

Nobody kept score and no one really knew who won, but it was fun, and they practiced number sense.  Super easy and really fun!


Math on Mondays - skip counting

Welcome back to Math on Mondays

This week I'd like to discuss Skip Counting.
A good foundation in Skip Counting is very  important.
It helps with adding doubles, telling time, counting money, and of course, multiplication.

So we sing skip counting songs every day during my Calendar routine. 
The calendar helper points with a pointer to a large Hundreds Chart, as we sing along.
I have some skip counting songs, but I don't have the name of the CD on hand.  I'll post it up in a few days, once I find the case.

Anyway, so after a few months of learning these songs.  We sing two of them every morning.  Then I let the children work by themselves counting manipulatives that I have.  Now I have already posted about my junk jobs which are collections of buttons, beads, coins, keys, lids etc.etc. 

Well I also have a bunch of Work Jobs that I made when I started teaching. 
What are Work Jobs??? 

It's one of the original hands-on math programs.  The Author, Mary Baratta-Lorton
wrote the program Math Their Way, which I believe to be the grand-old-lady of hands on math programs.    I used Math Their Way for years as a Kindergarten teacher.  Work Jobs expands on it, and Work Jobs II expands it even more.

Click on the photo above to check out the amazon listing. 
I strongly recommend checking if you can find this book at the library, or molding away in the back of your school bookroom, because the ideas in it are fabulous.
 Check back for my post on how I put my own Work Jobs together.
I use them for everything.  Addition, Subtraction, Skip Counting, Estimating, patterning...

Here we have playdough "cookies" from my Work Jobs. This child is skip counting by 2's.  To start the unit, though, I ask the kids to group the counters by the number they are using so that they can visually see what's going on - it's just a bit time consuming.

Birthday candles - this child is starting to group by 10's, but they just can't help sorting them by colour first can they?

This child is grouping by 10's as well.
I give each child 5 minutes at a Work Job (I actually call them Math Boxes in my classroom), and then they rotate around their table to the next one.  There are six children at each table, so 6 rotations lets them experience all the Math Boxes at their table.  I do this A LOT.  Because I want to increase their exposure to the manipulaties, so that they can stop playing with them.  The more exposure to the manipulatives, the less they get distracted during a lesson, and the more learning occurrs.  That's my theory at least.
Thanks a lot for stopping by today.


Literacy at Home: Parents are the most important part of Learning to Read.

Parents are the most important people in a child’s life.  Did you know that a Kindergarten Aged Child’s brain is not developed enough for them to feel proud of themselves, without some feedback from a parent?  That’s why you hear a lot of “Look at me Mommy!!!!” called out by children on a playground.  When they do something new, they need feedback to feel proud.  They cannot do it by themselves.  This is part of brain development.  Child Psychologists call this “Ego-Centric”.

That’s a lot of power over the brain of a young learner.   Teachers can take that role in a child’s life in the classroom because parents are not present.  But it’s never as strong a connection as the parent-child relationship.  There’s a lot a parent can do to help their children become good readers, and it’s not a lot of work, or very difficult.
I’m starting a series of blog posts today on how parents can help their children learn to read.  This is called Literacy at Home.

 Parents use text every day for a lot of different reasons.  In our electronically influenced world most text we see is on a computer or smart phone screen.  But this should not diminish the fact that you need to be able to read, and write, to use them.

Children are built to learn, and one of their best tools for learning is observation.  Children watch their parents very closely all the time.  They use their parents as models to show them how to do things in life.  This means that parents can be powerful teachers of what is important in life.  Parents who show their children that reading is important are the best teachers of literacy at home.  Because children are unable to know what is important by themselves, they look to their parents to show them what is important.  Parents who display literate behaviour, show their children that literacy is very important. 

Children can watch their parent using text every day.  Some examples of reading include newspapers, magazines, recipe books, novels, and, of course tablets, computers, and smart phones.  Examples of writing include personal letters, notes to others, shopping lists, to do lists, and cheques.

It’s easy to model Literacy at Home, and parents do this every day.  Remember that the more your child observes you reading and writing, the more likely they are to think that reading and writing are very important and this will make it easier for them to learn to read.

I've created a free handout, posters and coloring book at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store
CLICK HERE to download the following...

I'm linking this up at Freebie Friday over at  Plants and Pillars
Click on the photo to go check it out.


Math on Mondays - Cute Candy Corn 10 frames

Here's another post from my older series - MATH ON MONDAYS

10 frames are amazing, aren't they???
I love how much it helps children organize their thoughts.
10 frames help children keep track of counting,  see number relationships, learn addition to 10, and understand place value.  Check out this video below to explain more about the value of 10 Frames.

I use 10 frames that I have photocopied out of my teacher's blackline masters from a program called Math Makes Sense 2.  I have hundreds of bingo chips from the dollar store that I keep in little plastic containers with a lid (from the dollar store). 

I also have made a series of these little cards from another blackline master from my teacher's blackline masters.  I mounted them on card stock and laminated them.


To spice things up for my kids, I found these FREE candy corn 10 frames from
Caitlyn Clabby.  Click here to download. 
She also has tons of ideas for using them in her classroom on her blog.

I used them to introduce addition in a whole class activity.
I stuck the candy corn up on the board with a magnet.
Then I had the children replicate it with their own 10 frames and bingo chips.

We did this for a while and then I started combining them together as this set of candy corns goes up to 20.
Once I combined the chips to "make 10"  I pulled out the candy corn that had the answer on it.

This is another new feature I'd like to add to Math on Mondays


Here are 10 more resources using 10 Frames or Candy Corn (or both)

1.   Young and Lively Kindergarten has a great FREE pumpkin roll and cover 10 frame game. 
2.   Rachel Koontz has several FREE resources including worksheets using candy corn.
3.   Kreative in Kinder has FREE pumpkin ten frames.
4.   Illuminations have some great FREE software activities using ten and five frames.
5.   Confessions of a Primary Teacher has some double ten frame worksheets.
6.   Pink Polka Dots has some FREE cute pumpkin ten frames.
7.   Two Fulbright Hugs  has some great FREE10 frame spinners.
8.  Mathematical Thinking has a FREE 10 frame snake which is fun to play.
9.  Marcia Murphy has a numbers 0 - 10 colouring book using 10 frames.
10.  Elena Ortiz has a great free scarecrow 10 frame game.


New Items in my Store...

So I'm getting ready for Fall and the start of the school year.

I am linking up with Five For Friday this week.

Here's what's going on in my universe these days.

This was supposed to be the first week of school for us, but we have been on strike since June 14th, so this week we were back on the picket line.  Here are some photos of the Where's Waldo display our staff made to make fun of our Premier.


Because we aren't at school, I offered up my "tutoring" services to my family.  So every afternoon from 1 to 3 I am tutoring my kids - grade 2 and 3, My neighbor's daughter - grade 2, and my nephews, Grades, K,1,2,and 3.  7 Kids in my dining room.  So far, no major problems and when they act up I send them out to jump on the trampoline.  Here's the best photo I could come up with.

As you can see from the photo, some kids are out on the trampoline when I took this.
My daughter looks thrilled right?  She's the only one having a lot of trouble with this.

This week I revamped one of my freebies.
It's been a pretty popular one, and now it's much cuter!
for a free copy.

I have a new ELA product in my store this week.


This is a product with printable posters and blackline masters to create a student workbook of songs and poems that they can take home and share with their parents.

There are songs and poems for every major holiday
Veterans (Rememberance) Day
Valentine's Day
St. Patrick's Day
Earth Day

and a whole series of songs and poems about the colors for months like August and September.

There are versions which include the American and Canadian spellings of words like "color" and "colour".

I recommend keeping these in a student Duo-Tang and adding pages as the year goes on. In my class I send these books home on the weekends and expect the kids to read them to their parents over the weekend and bring the book back to school on Mondays.


And here's a product I am really, really proud of.

This package contains lessons and activities about
- Different kinds of birds
- Body parts and their uses
- How birds Breathe
- What they eat
- Why they can fly
- The different ways birds can move
- The uses and colors of feathers
- What birds eat
- How birds look for food
- Nests and Eggs
- Life cycle of a bird
- Classification of a bird
- Migration
- Why birds can perch on power lines.
- Heart rate and breathing
- Facts vs opinions about birds
- Full color posters
- Children's coloring book
This unit is full of printables for easy prep.


Currently for September


Well here we sit in BC.  We should be starting back to school tomorrow, but we are out on strike, waiting for a settlement to our contract negotiations.

I'm not about to get into all the gory details, but we went out on strike with 2 weeks left in the school year last June, and nothing has been settled because the government really wants to destroy the teachers' union.

So both my own children, and my students are not starting school tomorrow.

I'm married to a teacher, and I live in the most expensive city in Canada.  Thankfully my parents are able to help my husband and I financially so we won't lose our home.

But anyway, I'd rather discuss more pleasant things like my new favourite TV show - Outlander - I loved those books and I'm really enjoying the show.  

Hawaii would be a great place to vacation right now.

but I've been to Hawaii a few times, so placed I'd love to visit include Belize - which is supposed to have some amazing diving, Thailand - which has amazing beaches, and India which has amazing culture - one day for sure.

Thanks for stopping by today!