Do you have students enter your classroom each year with math anxiety? I’m sure you do! Often, students become terrified of math from a young age. When this happens, they struggle to review previously learned concepts and be open to new material. Therefore, teachers work so hard to show students that math does not have to be scary. Yes, it may be complex and contain so much information to learn, but math is actually fun. For instance, the September Math [Read More…]

## A Crafty Approach to Math

If you asked an adult a subject in school that terrified them, many would say math. Sadly, this would still be the same answer if students responded to this question. For various reasons, math scares students. However, no teacher wants their students to develop anxiety over math! They want students to see how hands-on and exciting the subject is. Thankfully, a crafty approach to math is the perfect way to prove how fun this class is. The Art Projects for [Read More…]

## 7 Socially Distanced Learning Activities in Primary

Here’s another bunch of socially distanced learning activities that you can use in a primary classroom. You can see the first 8 ideas in this previous post! These are activities I used with my student when we went back to in-class teaching, but still had to maintain social distancing rules. These are chosen for simplicity, lack of prep needed, and student engagement!

Socially Distanced TARGET GAMES

I was talking to a student recently who told me about how her family loved going [Read More…]

## 8 Socially-Distanced Learning Activities

There are many fun teaching activities that we can do while still keeping students socially-distanced! With a bit of creativity there are a lot of adaptations we can make – preferably with very little preparation. I’ve listed eight activities below (and seven more here) that were popular in my classroom when we went back to in-person teaching!

Socially-Distanced OUTSIDE PHONICS

Unless it was pouring rain, we spent as much time outside as possible. A lot of learning happened out there! We made [Read More…]

## 5 Tips for Free Boom Cards

Confession time: When I first heard of Boom Cards my thought was, “I can’t learn another new thing right now!” But when distance learning became a reality, I decided to give myself 20 minutes to read and learn, and then decide if it was something I wanted to try.

Guess what? TOTALLY worth my time! And I think there’s a good chance you might agree with me! I’m going to break it all down into a few small steps so [Read More…]

## Math Videos for Primary Classrooms

I start my math lessons with math videos almost every day.

They are a great way to warm up and start thinking about numbers. They’re a great review of the concepts we’re working on.

Most of all, they are so fun and interactive that my students LOVE math time!

Here are some of our primary favorite videos:

Dancing Monsters Count to 50

This is our absolute favorite for early learners for counting to 50.

The cute monsters dance around to the beat, while students count in groups [Read More…]

## Online Math Tools for Distance Learning

When teaching both online and in person, organization is a must! I found that organizing my online math tools and online stories was an important first task – it really helps having them all in one spot.

With this in mind, I’m sharing the online math tools that I have compiled so far – I will keep adding to this list as I find more! You are more than welcome to use this list in your planning, or to share this [Read More…]

## Instagram Archive

Looking for a clickable link for something spotted on my Instagram account?

Click on the links and images below!

See All SOCIAL SKILLS: Click HERE

See All DIRECTED DRAWING VIDEOS: Click HERE

See All SOUND WALL: Click HERE

See All PHONICS CENTERS: Click HERE

See All MATH: Click HERE

See All SENTENCE BUILDING: Click HERE

See All WRITING CENTERS: Click HERE

See All ART: Click HERE

See All POETRY WRITING: Click HERE

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## Math Doodles: First Grade Math Skills + Fun!

Here’s an easy way to make math time more fun!

Integrate math, art and writing to practice ANY math skill through the whole year!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Here’s how it works:

Choose a math skill to practice. (ie: Addition Doubles)

Use the built-in spinner to choose a number to double. (ie: Spin a 2)

Write the equation in one of the spaces provided. Find the answer. (ie: 2+2=4)

Use the answer (4) to choose which doodle design to use on the Doodle Chart.

Use that design to [Read More…]

## Math Crafts – Math + Art

Math can be so much more engaging when you teach concepts in a new way. This year, I added some new math crafts to my math lessons, and the results were amazing!

HANDS-ON FUN

In my experience, teaching math has always been more effective when there are a lot of hands-on activities included in instruction. This includes lots of blocks, spinners, dice, cards, and other manipulatives. Little hands and brains seem to learn so much better when there are concrete objects to [Read More…]

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