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Math Secret Message Puzzle - Adding Coins

If you are looking for fun learning activities at home that don't take a lot of prep – we’ve got a math activity for you! Our Math Secret Message Puzzle practices counting money amounts. Math Secret Message Puzzle – Money Amounts When solving the puzzle, kids must add up the coins to find the total amounts. They must cut out the letters and put the correct amount on each square.     The final result is a secret message that says: TURN YOUR PILLOW OVER Although, we should warn you. After solving this secret message puzzle, your child will expect to find a prize. Think of this as a mini-treasure hunt. They solve the puzzle, they get a clue where they...

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St. Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt Free Printable

Now that we are homeschooling and confined to our house, we are in desperate need of fun learning activities for the kids! That's why we created this St. Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt.   It's time to get creative!   Jason was inspired last night and decided to create a St. Patrick's Day Treasure hunt. He literally JUST created it. It is a treasure hunt that does not require a Locking Game Kit and it keeps kids busy, having fun, and learning for about 40 minutes.   We thought we would share since we're all looking for ways to keep our kids busy and this was a huge hit at our house!  ACCESS THE PRINTABLE TREASURE HUNT  Check out pix from the hunt!...

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Math Mistake: Memorizing Math Facts Too Early

Are you making this HUGE mistake when you are helping your child learn math? We think that kids need to memorize all their math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) so that they will be able to tackle more complex math problems.   However, let me share with you WHY we should not put our focus on memorizing math facts. Today let’s talk about why it's so important to not focus on kids memorizing algorithms (procedures & steps) and math facts. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that kids should never have to memorize math facts. Actually, I think it is a powerful tool that many kids need to learn (eventually). However, I’m saying that it's not the place to...

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Story Math - Helping Kids Solve Complex Math Problems

Even young kids are capable of higher-level thinking with math, but we need to give them time, tools, and opportunities! Story Math allows kids to solve math problems based on real-world applications. No longer is math an isolated procedure to follow or arbitrary numbers to solve. Now math is put within the context of a story and kids use their innate problem-solving abilities to figure them out using strategies that are meaningful to them. Story Math Problem to Solve: For Halloween, Benson and Brewer carved jack-o-lanterns. Benson carved 37 jack-o-lanterns. Brewer also carved a bunch of jack-o-lanterns. When they were done, they had 55 jack-o-lanterns all together. How many jack-o-lanterns did Brewer carve? This type of Cognitive Guided Instruction math...

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Dental Health Secret Message Printable

Did you know that February is National Children's Dental Health Month? We didn't either until a recent trip to the dentist!  Getting our kids excited about keeping their teeth healthy is not always easy. What better way to get kids interested in dental health than a tooth-inspired secret message printable that reveals a dental joke! Access the Free Secret Message Printable NOW Let's be honest, dental health is not always the most exciting topic for kids. However, we know it is good to promote healthy habits with our children while they are young. If we work to develop beneficial habits now, our kids have a greater chance of continuing these habits as they get older. Speaking of good habits, here at Blimey Box we are trying to...

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