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Valentine's Day Kindergarten & 1st Grade Math and Reading Game

Today we are getting in the mood for candy hearts with our Valentine's Day Math and Reading Game for Kindergarten and First-grade.  Targeted Skills: Addition, Subtraction, reading words, sentence building, and punctuation This Valentine's Day learning game encourages problem-solving with Kindergarten and First-Grade math and reading skills. Many of the tasks require kids to use a variety of skills to solve the task. For instance, in our first task, kids practice counting objects in random order, addition, and subtraction skills. ACCESS THE FREE GAME Here is a quick overview of the 5 Tasks: Task 1: Addition & Subtraction  Kids must count objects scattered about the task. Based on the object counted they must solve the given addition or subtraction problem. The sums and differences...

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Snowball Story Math Free Resource (CGI: Subtraction)

One of our New Year resolutions is to share more strategies for using Story Math (Cognitive Guided Instruction), along with brain puzzles, to get your kids problem-solving, thinking, and persevering!  Today we have a Story Math free resource for you! CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FREE RESOURCE. Weekly Targeted Skill: Cognitive Guided Instruction (CGI Math) Our Friday Freebie resource this week is a Story Math Activity for you to use with your child. This one is fun because it is about a snowball fight (and my kid LOVES snowball fights). I actually introduced this story problem by showing my son a clip from the Elf Movie (the infamous snowball fight scene). I really like it because it shows Elf making a bunch of...

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Christmas Algebra Activity (Kindergarten and First Grade Math)

Happy Friday! If you are anything like us, you are still scrambling around to get ready for the holidays! They are coming fast and furious. To buy you a little time, we have a Christmas algebra printable activity that will get your child thinking, problem-solving, and out of your hair!  FRIDAY FREEBIE Weekly Targeted Skill: Algebra Problem Solving This Holiday-themed algebra activity helps kids to look for patterns and to think flexibly about numbers. If your child gets stuck, here are a couple of tips for helping him be successful with the picture algebra problems: Help them understand that the same pictures are worth the same amount (i.e. the candy canes all have the same value, the stockings all have the...

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Christmas Story Math (CGI: Addition)

It's Friday and we have a Story Math Freebie for you! We are obsessed with story math and hope your little one loves practicing math this way!  Weekly Targeted Skill: Addition Problem Solving This Holiday-themed Story Math problem is based on the principles of Cognitive Guided Instruction (CGI) Math. It is an addition story problem where two items join together and the result is unknown (Join Result Unknown). ACCESS THIS FREE RESOURCE A couple of tips for doing Story Math with your child: Read the story to your child and have them visualize what the story is about (it helps if you act it out) Give your child something tangible to count with (Cheerios, pennies, unifix cubes, etc.) Scaffold: if your...

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Holiday Coding Activity

If you want to improve your child's math, writing, and logical thinking skills, expose them to coding activities. Coding promotes these skills because it requires kids to break complex problems into smaller, more manageable problems. As kids learn to code, they increase their chances of success and being able to analyze problems.  Click Here to access the Free Unplugged Holiday Coding Activity. We've created a couple of free paper coding printable activities that introduce kids ages 4-7 to basic coding skills. Kids must find the correct algorithm to get the elf to the Christmas Tree and the Gingerbread Man. Once kids discover the correct algorithm, they can uncover a secret message. Grab this holiday Freebie to get your kids inspired by coding!...

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