Sunday, April 17, 2016

Using Math Manipulatives with Board Games

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I love to use counters, cubes and other manipulates with board games.  Even plain old dry beans work well as counters.  I also love to make game boards.  In honor of Earth Day, I created a set of game boards and cards with a rainforest theme.  The cards in this game set have subtraction incomplete number sentences on them. Everything in this game set comes in three formats - full color, a touch of color and black & white.
Each student that will be playing the game recieves 10 counters. As a group, the students can choose 1 of the 4 gameboards and the deck of cards.
When a student gets a card he looks at the incomplete number sentence and writes it on his wipe off board.  He uses his beans to solve the problem, then rolls the dice and moves that many spaces on the game board. There is more learning and fun going on in this math center because of the use of the math manipulatives.

Check out this game set here

What is your favorite way to use manipulatives in teaching math?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Happy Spring!

This time of year provides a perfect time to reflect upon the wonders and blessings of life. 

For adults and teens, there's the glory of spring, and for the little ones the wonders of butterflies and flowers blooming. Check our website for spring resources.

One part of Spring all families share is a fine family meal.  To help you celebrate your brunch or dinner, I'm enclosing a gourmet recipe for Mustard-Crusted Lamb.  It makes the perfect dinner for two, but you can always make it part of a larger table or increase the ingredients proportionately for any size get-together.

Happy Spring,

Greg and Cheryl
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Mustard-Crusted Lamb


1 (1 pound) lamb rib roast (rack of lamb), 8 ribs, flap trimmed
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoon Dijon mustard with seeds
2 tablespoon chopped fresh mint or basil leaves
4 tablespoon chopped shallots
1/4 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
3 small (3 ounces each) red potatoes, each cut into 4 wedges
2 tablespoons water
1/2 bunch (16 ounces) broccoli rabe, tough stem ends trimmed
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream


Preheat oven to 425°.

Place lamb, meat side up, in small roasting pan.

Sprinkle lamb with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper.

In small bowl, stir together mustard, mint, and 2 tablespoons shallots.

Reserve 2 tablespoons mustard mixture for sauce; spread remainder on lamb. 

Pat on panko to coat.

Roast lamb in oven 25 to 30 minutes for medium-rare (140° on meat thermometer) or until desired doneness.

Meanwhile, heat 4-quart saucepan of water to boiling on high.

In microwave-safe medium bowl, combine potatoes and 2 tablespoons cold water.

Cover with vented plastic wrap, and microwave on High 4 minutes or until fork-tender.

Drain; toss with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Keep warm.

Add broccoli rabe to boiling water in saucepan, and cook 3 minutes.

Drain well; wipe pan dry.

In same saucepan, heat oil and remaining 2 tablespoons shallots on medium-high; add broccoli rabe and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.  Toss with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Keep warm.

Stir sour cream into reserved mustard mixture.

Cut lamb into 2-rib portions, and place on 2 dinner plates with potatoes and broccoli rabe.

Serve lamb with sour cream sauce.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Valentine's Day Fun

Kids LOVE Valentine's Day.  They get so excited as  Valentine's Day grows closer and closer.  Here are some cute ideas for before Valentine's Day activities.

Tissue Paper Flowers

This would work well for a rainy day recess idea.
Flowers may be overpriced on Valentine's Day, but these easy to make tissue paper ones won't be -and they never die either.Take green pipe cleaners and some sheets of tissue paper in different colors. Cut the tissue paper into squares.  Layer the different colored pieces of tissue paper so that the corners all point in different directions.  Then insert a green pipe cleaner through the center and carefull scrunch the paper to make a flower.  Bend the top of the pipe cleaner in the center of the flower to hold it in place. I would send the tissue paper home with studens and have parent volunteers cut the tissue paper into squares.

Valentine Mailboxes

Your kids need a place to keep all those valentines from friends and family, and a unique valentine mailbox is the perfect choice.  Ask parents to send in  a shoebox-the smaller ones that kids' shoes come in are a great size.  Pick up a couple of rolls of wrapping paper in Valentine's Day themed colors like pink and red, or anything featuring hearts or flowers.  Cover the exterior of the box in wrapping paper.  Then let the kids decorate the exterior with stickers, glitter etc. Finish it off by adding their name so their valentines will be delivered to the right place.

Lollipop Bouquets

Create a tasty bouquet that's as pretty to look at as flowers but tastes a lot better! Turn a Styrofoam cup upside down and let your kids decorate it with Valentine's colors, hear stickers and anything else you can think of.  Them help them to carefully insert the sticks of a variety of colored lollipops into the base for the cup creating a beautiful bouquet.

Check out these links for Valentine's Day themed math activities!

Valentine's Day Math Find the Number that Comes Between the Given Numbers
Number Bonds and Missing Addends
Math Word Problem for Valentine's Day PowerPoint

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Check out this article about having recess four times a day. It is a very interesting read.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A Freebie for Fact Families, Related Facts, or Number Bonds

Happy New Year!
Fact Fluency is the ability to automatically recall math facts. In other words, the child needs to know the answer to the math fact without counting on fingers or drawing drawing sticks for example.
Math fact fluency is the foundation for solving math problems and for mental math.  Fluency is developed through practice. Here is a FREEBIE for practicing the fact families of 5 and 6.  Enjoy!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

What a Year!!

Ahoy Everyone,
It has been a year since I have posted to this blog, and what a year it has been.  My husband and I moved from Austin, TX to Orange City, Florida.  We renovated our house and now we are all settled. Orange City is 35 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles east of Walt Disney World.  With my love of the ocean and of all things Disney, it is the perfect place for me! I am celebrating my move with a FREE beach themed, subtraction, puzzle set. Enjoy the free puzzles. Click Here

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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