Short-cut Subtraction for Problems with Zeroes

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Short-cut Subtraction for Problems with Zeroes

BLOG Post 08/23/12 – Short-Cut Subtraction with Zeros

Don’t you just hate trying to subtract 99 from a number like 4000? And teaching it is even more difficult. You find you have to regroup several times.  Here is an easy way that I never knew about growing up.  Say you have a problem like the ones below.  Here’s the secret. If you rewrite the problem…

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“Must Have” Book for Teaching Writing

What Do Authors Do? by Eileen Christelow In my third grade class, we made a lot of little books. My students knew they were the author and illustrator of their creative endeavors. This little book shows the writing process using pictures to make it very clear. I like to read this book aloud to them…

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The Punctuation Song

BLOG Post 04/23/13 – The Punctuation Song

Proper punctuation is very important in a child’s writing experience and entire life. Remembering what the symbols look like and when they are used, is part of the learning to write criteria. What I like about this little song, is how it teaches children to read aloud with the right voice for each punctuation mark.…

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Memorization Stimulates Learning

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Memorization Stimulates Learning Kids are relying on Google as their memory. Not a good idea! The brain needs to be taught to memorize, by using memory exercises, and learning to memorize poetry and math facts. Memory is important in building relationships, establishing recognition of patterns, people and events. Then the brain transforms this information to…

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Travel Memory Game

On a long car ride, parents dread hearing “Are we there yet?” Or the kids are glued to cartoons on their iPhones or devices. Learning is no where to be found and communication is dead. I’ve found this Travel Memory Game to be a fun answer to this problem. It’s challenging for any age and…

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Graph Paper Math

BLOG Post 03/16/13 – Graph Paper Makes Math Easier

Today, I decided to share the many uses for graph paper in teaching math. It’s a unique and effective tool for making learning math much easier. Children have a difficult time lining up numbers when they work out math problems. Graph paper solves that problem and makes doing math problems more understandable. The most important…

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Memorizing Inspiring Thoughts

BLOG Post 11/06/12 – Memorizing Inspiring Thoughts | BLOG Post 04/08/10 – Why I Wrote Thought for the Day | BLOG Post 07/30/09 – My New Book 'Thought for the Day' is published!

Here’s an idea to spark some interesting dinner-time table-talk and memorize inspiring thoughts. I collect and memorize quotations. To me it’s like having a mini-library of inspiration in your head and being able topull out some words of wisdom at the right moment. It’s really not that difficult, especially if it becomes a family affair.…

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Free November Graphics

BLOG Post 10/24/12 – Free November Graphics

November is almost here! I’ve got a cute Thanksgiving graphic available at the bottom of this post, which you can print out for Free, for your kids to color.   These are illustrations from two of my best-selling books: Thought for the Day and Kid’s Writing Journal. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!   Download Our Free…

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Remembering by Singing

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Think about some of your favorite songs you like to sing. It isn’t difficult to remember the words, because they fit so well with the melody. The brain finds it easy to save information when it is in a pattern like music. Think about the Alphabet Song. Kids quickly remember the 26 letters in the…

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Addition/Subtraction Online Games Aids Learning

BLOG Post 10/22/12 – Addition/Subtraction Online Games Aids Learning

Math games are a great way to increase the speed of recalling math facts and build confidence. I’ve found a few web-based games that will make learning fun for your kids, increasing their skills.  However, it is important that you make sure they have memorized all their math facts first. My Addition/Subtraction Learning System is…

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