Shut the Box – The Funnest Addition Fluency Game You’ll Ever Play

Tens of thousands of kids struggle with math. Many of the students I tutor experience the same math-driven saga of confusion, frustration, and helplessness, which is then followed by low self-esteem and self-criticism. This is heartbreaking to witness. Whether the child is in elementary, middle, or high school, he is often embarrassed to show that …

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Bird Matching & Memory Game

Oh boy do we love birds. We live in a semi-tree house, with the living area up in the tree canopy. This makes for a wild view of common birds jumping from branch to branch right outside of our windows. We have plenty of bird feeders to bring them right to our windowsills, and they’ve learned …

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Unicorn and Gems – Basic Multiplication

The unicorns of Gemland were huge collectors of gems. They needed them to survive, as mentioned in my unicorn and gems division lesson. They were getting SO MANY donations that they needed to start organizing them into rows. The unicorns found that it was easier to do this if they practiced their multiplication skills, and they …

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Tinker Crate – Automation

This Tinker Crate was really awesome, and it reminded us of a vintage toy. Here’s our finished product, followed by our progress in pictures. (Thank you for the support: Please note that most links on my blog are affiliate links at no extra cost to you. I do get a minuscule percentage if you purchase the …

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The Kingdom of Twig… or just some really cool building blocks

We love blocks at our house. We have so many different versions, including ones that have the Periodic Table of Elements on the sides. I always keep blocks in my classroom to help kids decompress after a lot of academic work. It truly seems to work. Even after about fifteen minutes of playing with Equilibrio, …

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Unicorns and Gems – Basic Division

Once upon a time there was a small village of unicorns who had a plethora of beautiful, sparkly gems. The unicorns used the gems to energize themselves every morning. The biggest rule of all was that each unicorn needed to divide out the same number of gems or the magic would be out of balance… …

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