Books for Kids Who Don’t Like to Read – Great for kids in 2nd – 4th grades

My Adventures with ChickenSpike A Children’s Fantasy Book intended for readers in 2nd through 4th grades. Available through Amazon Price:   $2.99 for Kindle ebook $6.99 for paperback     This book is about a 4th grade boy who is being bullied, and must learn to face his fears. MY ADVENTURES WITH CHICKENSPIKE – This is …

Subtracting Mixed Numbers Unlike Denominators – with Video Tutorials that Make Sense

Subtracting Mixed Numbers with Unlike Denominators Subtracting Mixed Numbered Fractions like 3 & 3/4  – 2  & 5/6 can be very confusing for children.  First, they have to find common denominators.  Next, they have to borrow from the whole number and change it into a fraction.  Finally, they subtract.  If children only learn the algorithm, …

Adding Mixed Numbers Unlike Denominators – with Video Tutorials that Make Sense

Adding Mixed Numbers with Unlike Denominators Mixed numbers, like 3 ¾, can be very confusing for children who are learning to work with fractions.  Unless children are taught to illustrate the addition and subtraction of fractions, they can really struggle.  In this sixth Video-Post, I will demonstrate how to add mixed numbered fractions that have …

Subtracting Fractions Different Denominators – With Video Tutorials That Make Sense

Subtracting Fractions with Uncommon Denominators As I have mentioned in prior posts, fractions are a difficult concept for children to understand.  In this fifth Video-Post, I will demonstrate how to subtract fractions with different or uncommon denominators.  I encourage you to take the time to do all the activities with your child before moving on …

Adding Fractions Different Denominators – with Video Tutorials That Make Sense

Adding Fractions with Uncommon Denominators Fractions are hard enough for children to understand when they have the same denominators.  When they have unlike denominators, kids get real confused real fast. When children are only taught the algorithm, they become lost.  In order to form a deeper understanding of fractions, children need to illustrate what is …

Construction Sets for Boys – Is this a STEM Building Sets the right toy for your child?

62 Piece Magformers Standard Set Price: From$14.99 to $141.50 Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com My Rating: 9.8 out of 10 Why are Megformers such a great toy? Magformers are a STEM toy similar to the Quibits Mega Building Set.  STEM toys develop understanding in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, which is the current push in education …

Help with Math Fractions – Video Tutorials that Make Sense.

Subtracting Fractions Fractions are one of the most difficult concepts for children to understand.  When children are only taught the algorithm, they become lost.  In order to form a deeper understanding of fractions, children need to illustrate what is happening with these parts of a whole.  In this third Video-Post, I will demonstrate how to …

Best Science Kit for Kids – Is a STEM Building Set the right toy for your child?

84 Piece Qubits Mega Building Sets  Price: $59.59 Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com My Rating: 9.5 out of 10 Made in America  Why is the Qubits Mega Building Sets such a great toy? The Qubits Mega Building Sets is a STEM toy.  It develops understanding in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, which is the current …

Adding Fractions with Like Denominators – This post includes video tutorials that help!

Adding Fractions with Common (like) Denominators! Fractions are abstract and difficult to understand. That’s why I always have children illustrate their fractions. Children often have a very hard time understanding what in the world is happening with fractions.  In this second Video-Post, I will demonstrate how to add fractions with common denominators.  This may seem …

An Easy Way to Understand Fractions – with video tutorials that make sense.

Mathematical Models After over a quarter of a century in the classroom, the most effective strategy I have ever found is having children draw mathematical models that illustrate what is happening with the math.  When children draw mathematical models, it makes the abstract concepts of math concrete, and then they understand why the math works.  …