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Practice Place Value Using Fun Color by Number

Did you know that math can be quite boring?? Really, who wants to do a whole page of “What number is in the 100’s place in the number 726?” I know I don’t! My fourth and fifth-grade students didn’t! And I can tell you that my boys definitely don’t want to, and many times will […]

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Math

One Fun Way to Review Place Value (FREE Pirate Game)

  “Hey mom, what’s 24 x 7?” I glanced up from the computer, recognizing that this question could lead to a teachable moment. “Well…the 2 represents 20 and 20 x 7 = 140…..” I began. I continued to work through the problem out loud, asking questions when I knew he would know the answer. Finally […]

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Math

Need to Teach Word Problems? Free Monster Word Problems

  I always dreaded it. I had finally finished the 20 problems and was sick and tired of computing. But I wasn’t done. I was now required to solve those nasty word problems glaring at me from the bottom of the page. They were intimidating and one more step that was required of me. My only hope was […]

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FREE printables

Free Printables

This site is chalk full of FREE printables and it can often be difficult to locate exactly what you are looking for. Hopefully this page will help you find the perfect activity for your child or students.   (This page is a work in progress…so check back often as I’m slowly working to get all […]

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Reading

How to Teach Diphthongs with an Engaging Interactive Notebook

I found it at a garage sale, and I was so excited about my find. That excitement didn’t last. Though I liked how we were slowly working our way through word families, the lists were gruesome. My kindergarten boy would groan when the book came out, and I found I was having to create games to […]

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Reading Science

5 Awesome Activities for Living Vs Non-living Unit (FREE Game)

“Oh, that fruit is cut open. It can’t be a living thing.” my kindergartener said as he meticulously covered up the green kiwi. Legos were scattered across the table, and my boys were in competition mode. My oldest held his breathe while C reached over to grab a card to replace the kiwi he had just […]

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Words from the Heart

How to Choose Joy Amidst Frustrations with Free Printable

  I lowered myself onto the brown couch that gently hugs you as you sink into it. I once again picked up my computer, hoping that this time I could stay seated. I couldn’t believe this was the third time this morning that I sat down attempting to finish off my computer to do list that […]

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Math

Here’s a FREE Number Puzzle Game to Develop Number Sense

Looking for a fun way to build number sense? This free game gets children solving a number puzzle from a 100’s chart to win the game.   It’s over. Well, most of it is. The intense heat that makes the grass crunch under your feet, causes little faces to be bright red with sweat-drenched hair, […]

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Alphabet

Easy and Free Beginning Letter Sound Match

  I couldn’t see my feet. A large protruding belly was blocking my view.  I could hear and feel my swollen feet pound out a  steady beat on the asphalt, but the constant chatter of my almost 18-month-old demanded my attention. “Grass!” “Green!” “Go!” You might expect that he was pointing to objects we were observing […]

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Math

How to teach divison using arrays (FREE interactive notebook)

*For your convenience this post contains affiliated links at no extra cost to you! They sit there staring at their paper. Their eyes have glazed over, and their head and shoulder are hanging low. You can see the frustration seeping out their pores, and you know that they are about to give up. It isn’t calculus or algebra […]

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