A short poem of appreciation for the limitless wonder of the uncharted life laid out before a daughter, and the wonder of seeing life through her eyes. Read more…

The Ultimate Baby registry checklist for minimalist mothers | frugal living tips for new moms

Baby registry checklist with a free baby tracker

The Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist for Minimalist Mothers When I was pregnant with my first child, a friend with 6 kids of her own sat me down and helped me fill out an “actually-useful” baby registry checklist. That was immensely helpful, since I didn’t have the least idea where to start. (Initial attempts included lots […] Read more…

Manipulatives in Math; develop number sense using this free printable addition activity #Math #Addition #freeprintables #realworldlearners

Have you used manipulatives in math? What have you found to be the most successful? Here’s a simple addition activity that makes use of 3 different types of math manipulatives: dominoes, ten frames, and an abacus. Read more…

Help kids develop a growth mindset through a unit study on inventors (includes a free printable review activity on Alexander Graham Bell)

I believe that a unit study on Inventors is one of the best ways to instil a serious and healthy growth mindset in our children.Through reading these stories, doing hands-on science experiments to re-create these discoveries, studying the engineering behind these inventions, and overall, being impressed with the effort it took at every stage to break through and succeed, our children will learn in a deep and fundamental way that the learning, practising, and questioning process is a vital part of life, and will be encouraged to persevere in the face of difficulty. Read more…

10 tips for shopping on TPT - get the most benefit out of this worldwide, online educational marketplace by following these tips.

10 tips for shopping on TPT

Here are 10 tips for shopping on TPT and getting the most benefit out of the site. TPT stands for TeachersPayTeachers and is an online marketplace where educators around the world upload high quality resources they’ve created for use in their own classrooms or homes. These products are great ready-to-go teaching/learning resources for almost any topic you’d ever want to cover. Read more…

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As a middle and high school math teacher with a Masters in Teaching, now homeschooling my own children, I am passionate about creating enjoyable and authentic learning experiences to make Math fun for kids and to help students understand this too-often-feared subject in a thorough way. Read more…

Homeschool planner – a non-traditional version

This is the perfect homeschool planner for the family who follows a more relaxed style. Rather than scheduling every activity and lesson down to the minute for months ahead of time, this planner provides a clear, general structure to help guide you as you gather ideas and resources, make goals for each subject, sketch out […] Read more…

Geometry Activities Lapbook with FREE set of vocabulary flashcards

Geometry Activities: A Geoboard Geometry Lapbook Unit

As I watched my kids play with geoboards, I realized that a large portion of any Geometry course could be taught using this hands-on math manipulative. Based on my experience as a former Geometry teacher, I created a lapbook built around a set of geometry activities that could be used by students at multiple grade and ability levels. Students can understand and learn fundamental math concepts using a very hands-on “toy” combined with fun, creative, organized activities that go beyond a typical worksheet or textbook. Read more…

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