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Four Invitations to Learn About Shapes

When kids learn about geometry in Kindergarten through second-grade they love to use materials to explore shapes. In the early grades children learn geometric vocabulary by observing, examining, and discussing shapes and their attributes. In this post, I am sharing four activities that invite children to work with shapes in different ways. These are fun,… Continue reading Four Invitations to Learn About Shapes

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Learning about Place Value

Children begin to learn about place value from the time they are very young and they continue to make sense of our base ten number system through middle school. They use what they understand about numbers and place value to solve math problems. Young children will count by 1's to solve simple addition and subtraction… Continue reading Learning about Place Value

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Building Number Sense

     Hello!  This is just a quick blog post about helping your child build number sense.  People who have number sense can use numbers flexibly.  They rely on their understanding of numbers and quantities to solve computation problems.  Children can strengthen their number sense by engaging in fun games and activities that provide the opportunity… Continue reading Building Number Sense

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Building Math Fluency

     I've had a couple conversations about how kids learn math facts recently. I thought I would share how I helped my kids develop math fluency and share some resources you can use to help your child strengthen his or her math fluency.   To better understand the approach I take to learning math facts… Continue reading Building Math Fluency

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Helping Your Child with Math ~ Questions to Ask

In recent days, I have had several conversations with parents about how to help their child with homework and how to gain a better understanding about what their child is learning in school.  Like most parents I also worry about my children's academic progress.  There are countless worries, right? Often we get caught up in… Continue reading Helping Your Child with Math ~ Questions to Ask