1st grade, 2nd Grade, Math, Math Skills Review, Uncategorized

Addition and Subtraction with Blocks | Sums – Minuends to 20

In 1st grade and again at the beginning of the 2nd grades, students are expected to add and subtract with sum and minuends to 20. To help students gain insightful understanding (and not just facts), the use of blocks to help them visualize the addition and subtraction problems is very beneficial. My Teaching Library has a 10 page pdf (download, print and use) workbook to help students gain the practice and understanding they need for this skill…

This workbook includes:

  • 5 addition worksheets each including 12 problems to solve with visual blocks plus one addition problem for students to solve without blocks. For this final problem, students are asked to draw blocks to show their understanding.
  • 5 subtraction worksheets each including 12 problems to solve with visual blocks plus one subtraction problem where students are to label the minuend and the subtrahend.
  • Answer keys

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1st grade, Math, Math Skills Review

1st Grade Math Skills Mega Bundle

Need a full year of 1st grade Math resources? Look no further! This Math Skills Mega Bundle includes 34 complete resources (934 pages) to help students master 1st grade skills and concepts!

This bundle includes manipulatives, templates, posters, flashcards, interactive activities, and worksheets. See the description below for a list of ALL of the resources included.

All the resources if purchased individually are valued @ $94.74 but you can purchase this MEGA BUNDLE for LESS than 50% off!

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1st grade, Math

1st Grade MATH Concepts and Skills

Are you preparing to teach 1st grade math and want to know what to teach? Here is a list of all the concepts and skills that should be covered and learned. Plus, I’ve included suggested products to use to give students the practice they need to master what they need to know…

Concepts and Skills:

Adds and subtracts numbers 1-20, solves word problems by using objects, drawings and traditional equations with the plus and minus signs.
Adds 3 numbers that add to a number up to 20.
Solves addition and subtraction problems by adding up or subtracting smaller numbers, for example 10+4 = 10+2+2 and 15-6= 15-2-2-2.
Learns the relationship between addition and subtraction, for example 2+3=5 and 5-3=2.
Counts out and groups objects in order to solve single digit addition and subtraction problems.
Counts and writes the numbers 1 to 120, starting from any number less than 120.
Understands and creates numbers using 10 as a base, for example, 12 = 1 ten and 2 1’s.
Compares two 2 digit numbers using the <, >, and = signs.
Adds up to100 using objects and the concept of 10’s.
Subtracts or adds 10 to a 2 digit number in her mind, without counting, and subtracts by 10 from numbers 1-90, using concrete objects or tools.
Orders three objects by length.
Begins to tell and write time using both digital and analog clocks.
Understands data, specifically, the total number of data points, how many are in each category and how many more or less there are in a category.
Understands the definition of and difference between shapes and creates shapes using this knowledge.
Creates 2 and 3 dimensional shapes.
Breaks up circles and rectangles into two and four equal parts, and understands that the parts are halves, fourths, and quarters, and that smaller parts make up larger ones.

NUMBER SENSE & OPERATIONS

  • Name, model, write, compare, and order numbers to 200; identify place value and odd/even; skip count.
  • Identify and model fractions (halves, thirds, fourths) as parts of wholes/groups.
  • Identify coins and $1 bills; find value of collection of coins.
  • Know addition and subtraction facts through 10; model, create, and solve addition and subtraction problems.

PATTERNS, RELATIONS & ALGEBRA

  • Identify, create, describe, and extend simple rhythmic, shape, size, number, color, and letter patterns; skip count by 2s, 5s, 10s .
  • Construct and solve addition and subtraction sentences.

GEOMETRY

  • Identify, draw, describe, and compare 2-D and 3-D shapes.

MEASUREMENT

  • Identify parts of the day, week, and month; tell time to half hour.
  • Measure objects and use appropriate measurement tools; make and use estimates.
  • Compare and order objects by length and weight

DATA ANALYSIS, PROBABILITY, & STATISTICS

  • Gather, organize, represent, and interpret data using tallies, charts, pictographs, and bar graphs.
  • Decide most likely outcomes.

Need teaching resources to teach the above skills? Below are the resources you need!

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Suggested Products to master skills:

· Addition for 1st Grade | Sums to 20

· Subtraction for 1st Grade | Minuends to 20

· Addition and Subtraction for 1st Grade | Sums and Minuends to 20

· Addition and Subtraction Word Problems | Numbers to 20

· 3 Addend Addition | Sums to 20

· Commutative Property | First Grade Sums to 20

· Number Sense Numbers to 120 | Before, Between and After

· Comparing Numbers 1 to 120 | Greater than, Less Than, Equal to

· Number Sense | Base Ten Understanding

· Adding and Subtracting 10 | Numbers to 100

· Place Value Worksheets – Ones & Tens (Volume 1)

· Place Value Worksheets – Ones & Tens (Volume 2)

· Tracing Numbers 1-120

· Math Visuals – Manipulatives Bundle | Butterfly Themed

· Ten Frame Sets | 5 Complete Sets

· Math Posters | Greater Than, Less Than, Equal To

· Math Posters | 3D Shapes

· Counting by 10 Posters (10 – 100)

· Measurement Worksheets | Height, Weight, Length

· Cutting Skills activity sheet (Shapes)

· Shape Sorting

· Learning Shapes | Sammy Snake Mini-book

· Learning 2D Shapes

· 3D Shapes | Names and Attributes

· Learning Fractions | Halves – Thirds – Fourths

· Understanding Numbers | Numbers to 120 – Number Words – Place Value

· Skip Counting Worksheets

· Snowman Skip Counting Unit (2s, 5s, & 10s)

· Skip Counting Posters | 2-10

· Pumpkin Patch Skip Counting

· Telling Time | Math Center

· Telling Time | Go Fish Card Game

· Telling Time | First Grade

· Create a Clock

· It’s All About Money – Comprehensive Unit

Themed / Seasonal suggested products:

· Fact Families | Christmas Themed Math

· First Grade Math Skills Workbook

· Snowman Math for 1st Grade

· Calendar Bulletin Board Materials | Tiger Themed

· Calendar Bulletin Board Materials | Bear Themed

· November Math for 1st Grade

· Christmas Graphing Activities

· March Math File Folder Game | St. Patrick’s Day

· March Math Tasks Cards

· December No-Prep Language Arts & Math Activities for 1st Grade

· Peppermint Candy Numbers and Number Words

· Nutcracker Number Cards and Tables | Christmas Math

· Christmas Math for 1st Grade | Nutcracker Theme

· Christmas Math for Firsties

· December Language Arts & Math Activities for Kindergarten – 1st Grade (No Prep)

· Valentine’s Day themed Math for 1st Grade | Multiple Skills

· Snowman Skip Counting Unit (2s, 5s, & 10s)

· 1st Grade Skills Workbook for February

· 1st Grade Math Skills Review – Winter Themed

· Pattern Block Templates | Spring Themed

· Winter – Christmas Pattern Block Unit

· Mitten Themed Literacy, Math and Science Winter Activities

· March Math Center Materials

· March Math 1st Grade | Mixed Practice Workbook

· New Year’s Math Center Activities | Kindergarten | 1st Grade

· 1st Grade Summer Skills Review Packet

· 1st Grade – Monthly Learning Pack – October

· November Learning Pack – 1st Grade

· Christmas Math 1-100 | Worksheets and Activities

Suggested product for all Math Students (1st – 6th): Math Glossary

1st grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Vocabulary

Vocabulary for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades

A child’s robust vocabulary improves all areas of communication — listening, speaking, reading and writing. Vocabulary is critical to a child’s success for these reasons: Vocabulary growth is directly related to school achievement!

My Teaching Library has the perfect YEAR LONG Vocabulary program for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades!

1st Grade Reading Vocabulary | Complete

2nd Grade Reading Vocabulary | Complete

3rd Grade Reading Vocabulary | Complete

Each program has 36 weeks of work and includes answer keys.
It’s ready to download, print and go!

1st, 2nd Grade, Geography, Kindergarten

Geography for K-2nd Grades!

Let’s face it, early learners need a fun way to learn about geography! Years and years ago, I was a public school teacher before becoming a homeschooling parent. In ps, I taught 1st – 5th. As a homeschooling parent I taught all the way PreK-12th!

When we are teaching littles, here I’m talking K-2nd, it isn’t to early to begin our introduction of geography but it isn’t always easy to do. In my personal experience, giving them ‘projects’ to create something along side using a globe and perhaps recipes to create is always a hit!

That’s why My Teaching Library has created several mini-book projects to teach about many different countries! Early learners LOVE creating (and keeping to read again and again) these little minibooks. Plus, when you use these in conjunction with a globe and perhaps cooking activities or allow what is being learned to guide further research and projects, they won’t even realize they are learning!

Here are some of the resources that are ready to download and use on My Teaching Library…

Costa Rica Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Panama Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Nicaragua Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Guatemala Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

El Salvador Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Venezuela Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Uruguay Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Peru Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Colombia Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Brazil Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Bolivia Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Argentina Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Do one a week or one a month based on what you believe works best for your little! Also, My Teaching Library will be continuing to add NEW country study minibooks.

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High School, Language Arts

High School – Language Arts Skills and Concepts

In today’s blog post, I want to share High School Language Arts Skills and Concepts!
Here they are…

  1. Use agreed-upon rules for formal and informal in small groups.
  2. Pose questions, listen to the ideas of others, and contribute their own information or ideas in group discussions and interviews in order to acquire new knowledge.
  3. Make oral presentations that demonstrate appropriate consideration of audience, purpose, and the information to be conveyed.
  4. Acquire new vocabulary and use it correctly in reading and writing.
  5. Describe and analyze the grammatical structure of the English language and the standard English conventions for sentence structure, usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
  6. Describe and analyze how oral dialects differ from each other in English, how they differ from written standard English, and what role standard American English plays in informal and formal communication.
  7. Describe and analyze how the English language has developed and been influenced by other languages.
  8. Decode accurately and understand new words encountered in their reading materials, drawing on a variety of strategies as needed, and then use these words accurately in speaking and writing.
  9. Identify the basic facts and essential ideas in what they have read, heard, or viewed.
  10. Identify, analyze, and apply knowledge of the characteristics of different genres.
  11. Identify, analyze and apply knowledge of theme, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding.
  12. Identify and analyze how an author’s choice of words appeals to the senses, creates imagery, suggests mood, and sets tone.
  13. Compare and contrast similar myths and narratives from different cultures and geographic regions.
  14. Interpret the meaning of literary works, non-fiction, films and media by using different critical lenses and analytic techniques.
  15. Plan and present effective dramatic readings, recitations and performances that demonstrate appropriate consideration of audience and purpose.
  16. Write compositions with a clear focus, logically related ideas to develop it, and adequate detail.
  17. Select and use appropriate genres, modes of reasoning, and speaking styles when writing for different audiences and rhetorical purposes.
  18. Demonstrate improvement in organization, content, paragraph development, level of detail, style, tone and word choice in their compositions after revising them.
  19. Use knowledge of standard English conventions to edit their writing.
  20. Use self-generated questions, note-taking, summarizing, precise writing, and outlining to enhance learning when reading or writing.
  21. Use open-ended research questions, different sources of information, and appropriate research methods to gather information for their research projects.
  22. Develop and use appropriate rhetorical, logical, and stylistic criteria for assessing final versions of their compositions or research projects before presenting them to varied audiences
  23. Obtain information by using a variety of media and evaluate the quality of material they obtain.
  24. Explain how the techniques used in electronic media modify traditional forms of discourse for aesthetic and rhetorical purposes.
  25. Design and create coherent media productions with a clear controlling idea, adequate detail, and appropriate consideration of audience, purpose, and medium

9th Grade Focus
Special attention should be given to library and study skills. By building on the tools of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking (skills presented in both the elementary and middle school grades), the student should be provided with continued opportunities for developing these communication skills, while focusing on analysis of the short story, novel, essay, drama, and poetry.
10th Grade Focus
The focus is on British literature. Through discussion, readings, informal and critical essays, independent research, etc., students explore the major themes that the authors themselves explored. From this concentration on British literature, it is expected that students will develop higher critical/analytical reading and thinking skills in order to evaluate data and to respond appropriately.
11th Grade Focus
The focus is on American literature. Students should develop a deeper knowledge and greater respect for the American heritage: its history, its complexity and its literary contributions. Thematic units (e.g., the Puritan conscience, the American search for identify, the American ideal, etc.) should be studied through representative writers. Critical analysis and the essay comprise the principal amount of writing.
12th Grade Focus
The focus is on World literature, reading in mythology and epic lore explores the roots of literary tradition. A survey of world literature from the fourteenth through the twentieth centuries affords students the opportunity to challenge the thinking of the great minds of Western civilization. Discussions should be based on textual analysis and related material. The focus for the research paper originates from course readings.Need resources to help you cover these skills and concepts?

Need some resources to help teach these important skills and concepts? Check out just ‘some’ of what you’ll find on My Teaching Library:

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1st

1st Grade – Math Skills and Concepts!

In this post, let’s review the typical Math skills and concepts that are covered in 1st Grade! Here they are…

  • Adds and subtracts numbers 1-20, solves word problems by using objects, drawings and traditional equations with the plus and minus signs.
  • Adds 3 numbers that add to a number up to 20.
  • Solves addition and subtraction problems by adding up or subtracting smaller numbers, for example 10+4 = 10+2+2 and 15-6= 15-2-2-2.
  • Learns the relationship between addition and subtraction, for example 2+3=5 and 5-3=2.
  • Counts out and groups objects in order to solve single digit addition and subtraction problems.
  • Counts and writes the numbers 1 to 120, starting from any number less than 120.
  • Understands and creates numbers using 10 as a base, for example, 12 = 1 ten and 2 1’s.
  • Compares two 2 digit numbers using the <, >, and = signs.
  • Adds up to100 using objects and the concept of 10’s.
  • Subtracts or adds 10 to a 2 digit number in her mind, without counting, and subtracts by 10 from numbers 1-90, using concrete objects or tools.
  • Orders three objects by length.
  • Begins to tell and write time using both digital and analog clocks.
  • Understands data, specifically, the total number of data points, how many are in each category and how many more or less there are in a category.
  • Understands the definition of and difference between shapes and creates shapes using this knowledge.
  • Creates 2 and 3 dimensional shapes.
  • Breaks up circles and rectangles into two and four equal parts, and understands that the parts are halves, fourths, and quarters, and that smaller parts make up larger ones.

NUMBER SENSE & OPERATIONS

  • Name, model, write, compare, and order numbers to 200; identify place value and odd/even; skip count.
  • Identify and model fractions (halves, thirds, fourths) as parts of wholes/groups.
  • Identify coins and $1 bills; find value of collection of coins.
  • Know addition and subtraction facts through 10; model, create, and solve addition and subtraction problems.

PATTERNS, RELATIONS & ALGEBRA

  • Identify, create, describe, and extend simple rhythmic, shape, size, number, color, and letter patterns; skip count by 2s, 5s, 10s .
  • Construct and solve addition and subtraction sentences.

GEOMETRY

  • Identify, draw, describe, and compare 2-D and 3-D shapes.

MEASUREMENT

  • Identify parts of the day, week, and month; tell time to half hour.
  • Measure objects and use appropriate measurement tools; make and use estimates.
  • Compare and order objects by length and weight

DATA ANALYSIS, PROBABILITY, & STATISTICS

  • Gather, organize, represent, and interpret data using tallies, charts, pictographs, and bar graphs.
  • Decide most likely outcomes.


This list is very long if I were to share all of the 1st grade Math products that are perfect to teach these skills, but here are just some of what you can find on My Teaching Library!

· Addition for 1st Grade | Sums to 20

· Subtraction for 1st Grade | Minuends to 20

· Addition and Subtraction for 1st Grade | Sums and Minuends to 20

· Addition and Subtraction Word Problems | Numbers to 20

· 3 Addend Addition | Sums to 20

· Commutative Property | First Grade Sums to 20

· Number Sense Numbers to 120 | Before, Between and After

· Comparing Numbers 1 to 120 | Greater than, Less Than, Equal to

· Number Sense | Base Ten Understanding

· Adding and Subtracting 10 | Numbers to 100

· Place Value Worksheets – Ones & Tens (Volume 1)

· Place Value Worksheets – Ones & Tens (Volume 2)

· Tracing Numbers 1-120

· Math Visuals – Manipulatives Bundle | Butterfly Themed

· Ten Frame Sets | 5 Complete Sets

· Math Posters | Greater Than, Less Than, Equal To

· Math Posters | 3D Shapes

· Counting by 10 Posters (10 – 100)

· Measurement Worksheets | Height, Weight, Length

· Cutting Skills activity sheet (Shapes)

· Shape Sorting

· Learning Shapes | Sammy Snake Mini-book

· Learning 2D Shapes

· 3D Shapes | Names and Attributes

· Learning Fractions | Halves – Thirds – Fourths

Also, here are some fun, suggested activities…

  • Add It Up and Shop: When you are in the store together, ask your child to add together different things, for example, how many fruits you bought, how many boxes of something or how many different types of fruit and vegetables.
  • Greater or Less Than? Make three cards, one with the <, one with > sign and one with an = sign. Then play a game in which you put down 2 numbers (also on papers). Ask your child to put the correct sign between the numbers and do this is as fast as possible, seeing how many rounds he can get correct in a certain amount of time. Track how many your child got right and ask him to beat his record another time in the future.
  • Build Things: Use blocks or other building toys to construct houses, towers, vehicles etc. As you build, count pieces by tens, add and subtract pieces and pay attention to the different shapes you use.
  • Take a Poll: Ask family members a question and create a graph of the answers using numbers and pictures. Ask your child questions about the different “data” you collected.
  • Order Up: Compare the sizes of different objects. Ask your child which object is larger, smaller and smallest. Ask your child to order some of his toys in size order. Time him to see how fast he can do this!
  • Set the Table: Setting the table for meals can include lots of math as you and your child add the total numbers of utensils, plates, chairs, etc.
Kindergarten

Kindergarten – Math Skills and Concepts to teach!

Yesterday, I shared the Language Arts skills and concepts that should be taught to Kindergarten students . Now, let’s review the typical Math skills and concepts that are covered in Kindergarten:

  • Understands that numbers represent quantity and uses them to do so.
  • Counts and writes numbers, from 1-20 (and potentially higher).
  • Counts out and compare quantities, usually up to 20.
  • Counts out and groups objects in order to solve single-digit addition and subtraction problems.
  • Begins to recognize and understand the meaning of the plus and minus signs.
  • Uses drawings, objects, actions and sounds to represent and practice addition and subtraction.
  • Practices beginning measurement and graphing skills, often through the creation of class-wide graphs, such as graphing favorite snacks, or how kids get to school.
  • Learns about and begin to count to 100, specifically through a tallying of the days of school and a celebration on the 100th day of school. (Many but not all kindergarten classes do something like this).
  • Creates patterns.
  1. NUMBER SENSE & OPERATIONS
    Model, count, read, write, and compare cardinal numbers to 100.
    Estimate quantities
    Create and model simple addition (sums to 10) and subtraction stories using concrete objects and drawings.
    Model and demonstrate an understanding of the concept of whole and half
    Matching quantities to numbers
  2. PATTERNS, RELATIONS & ALGEBRA
    Reproduce, describe, extend, and create patterns.
    Count by 5’s and 10’s to at least 50.
    Sort and classify objects by color, shape, and size; identify attributes.
  3. GEOMETRY
    Identify positions of objects in space (e.g. next to – above – below – on top)
    Name, describe, sort, & draw squares, circles, triangles & rectangles; describe attributes.
    Name and compare 3-dimensional shapes.
  4. MEASUREMENT
    Use non-standard units and appropriate language to recognize, measure, and compare length, weight, area, and capacity.
    Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the concept of time (e.g. duration)
    Identify coins (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarter)
  5. DATA ANALYSIS, PROBABILITY, & STATISTICS
    Collect and organize data in lists, simple graphs, and tally charts.
    Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the concept of chance (e.g. heads/tails, spinner parts)

Here are suggested products to master the above Math skills that you can find on My Teaching Library…

Recommended Workbooks:

Additional recommended products to master skills:

Fun holiday and seasonal products:

The above products are not the only Kindergarten Math products available on MTL – Just suggested ones to cover and master needed skills!

Here are also some fun sample activities to do with them…

  • Cook with Patterns: Patterns can be used in lots of cooking. Make patterns with cereal necklaces, decorate cookies, make layered sandwiches with bread or crackers or make simple patterns using your child’s favorite colored candies.
  • Tell Math Stories: Use objects or even yourselves to practice addition and subtraction. If you have a bowl of 5 apples, ask your child to help figure out how many you will have left if you take away 3.
  • Build Things: Use blocks, Legos or any other building toys to construct houses, towers, vehicles etc. As your child builds, ask him to count pieces, create patterns, and talk about the shapes.
  • Take a Poll: Ask family members a question and create a graph of the answers using numbers and pictures.
  • Find the Sizes in Nature: Go outside and collect things in nature such as leaves, stones and pine cones. After you’ve collected things, count how many things you found and then talk about their sizes, which are larger, smaller and the largest and smallest. You can even add together objects that are the same (for example, all of the leaves).
Kindergarten

Kindergarten – Language Arts Skills and Concepts to Cover

Do you have a sweet one ready for Kindergarten? Let’s review the typical Language Arts skills and concepts that are covered in Kindergarten:

English/Reading/Writing

  • Develop handwriting skills: letter formation
  • Learns all of the letters of the alphabet (upper case and lower case) and their sounds.
  • Begins to “read” books himself, mainly from memorization.
  • Recognizes several basic sight words such as I, my, you, is and are.
  • Reads and listens to stories and then talks about stories, their plots, characters and events.
  • Follows words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
  • Recognizes and can produce rhyming words.
  • Adds or substitutes individual sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words. For example, replaces the “C” in “Cat” with an “R” to create the word “Rat.”
  • Writes uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Writes his/her name.
  • Writes some letters and words when they are dictated.
  • Uses invented or creative spelling to write a variety of words.
  • Uses conventional spelling to write some words (CVC and basic sight words).
  • Writes, Draws and Dictates about a variety of topics, including his opinion, a description of something or a moment or event in his life.
  • Use a variety of strategies to decode and comprehend text
  • se picture clues to comprehend text
  • Apply phonics skills
  • Acquire and apply new vocabulary
  • Practice writing literacy elements daily: consonants to correspond to sounds.
  • Develop oral language: answer questions; share information
  • Interpret and evaluate materials read to them

If you are looking for great resources for Kindergarten, I hope you’ll take the time to go to https://myteachinglibrary.com/ to see all that we have.

Here are some recommended ones (but not all that you’ll find)…

Morning Work for Kindergarten | 1st Semester

Morning Work for Kindergarten | 2nd Semester

Learning to Read | Sight Word Bundle

Kindergarten Language Arts – Math – Science Workbook

Kindergarten Math Workbook BUNDLE

Reading Log for Kindergarten | 1st Grade | 2nd Grade

Phonics Posters | Vowel Bundle

Learning to Print | Handwriting Bundle

Numbers 0 to 20 – Handwriting Practice

Handwriting | Learning to Write My Letters | Frog Themed

Alphabet Poster | Worksheets

Write Your Name Worksheet

Dolch Sight Word Flashcards Bundle

1st 50 Fry Sight Words Workbook

Here are also some suggested Kindergarten activities:

Sample Activities

  • Read and Repeat: Have your child “read” her favorite book to you, using her memory, associations and clues from the pictures.
  • Alphabet Books: Use drawings or pictures from magazines to create an alphabet book which has a letter and an object that begins with that letter on each page.
  • Fill in the Blank: When you read a favorite picture book to your child and you come across a short word that rhymes or is familiar to your child because he knows the book very well, stop and let him say the word. Point to the word as he says it and spell it out.
  • Act it Out: Act out parts of or the whole story of your child’s favorite and well-known books.
  • Label Things: Create labels with your child for different objects in your house. For example, different books, places for toys, foods or objects in the kitchen, or clothes. You or your child can write the names of the objects and your child can draw a picture to go along with it.
  • Guessing Games: Draw a picture and have your child guess the spelling of that word. Give your child a few letters in a word. For example, show your child “_AT,” and ask him to make as many words as he can with it.
  • Create a Photo Album: When you take pictures of events or people ask your child to label the picture. Glue the picture to a piece of a paper so your child can write a description of the event, what happened, who was there, etc. If other people were involved in the event send them a copy!
  • Have a Letter Treasure Hunt: When you are in the car, at home or in the store, ask your child to find certain uppercase and lower case letters. She can keep a list of all the letters she finds and she can write them down as she finds them.
Giveaways

Homeschool Math Giveaway – Win an annual family membership!

My Teaching Library has a great giveaway happening this week that I want you to know about. CTC Math is giving away a family membership for an entire year!

CTCMath is a full curriculum which specializes in providing online video tutorials that take a multi-sensory approach to learning. Favorably reviewed in Cathy Duffy’s 103 Top Picks and The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review, the lessons are short and concise to help your student break down concepts and appreciate math in a whole new way!

The lessons are taught the traditional way, not to a “test”. If you want to be Common Core aligned, then this is NOT for you. CTCMath is NOT aligned to Common Core!

Each one of the video tutorials is taught by internationally acclaimed teacher, Pat Murray, who is renowned for teaching math concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way (and in only a few minutes at a time). Even students who struggled with math are getting fantastic results! And ones who were doing OK before are now doing brilliantly.