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Long Division with Manipulatives

Honeybee has been learning long division, and I wanted to demonstrate what the algorithm means by using manipulatives. Here’s What we started with: 368 We need to break this up into groups of 4, starting with the hundreds. Since we … Continue reading

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Yesterday was unusually warm–beautiful Spring weather, or at least an early taste of it. I took advantage of the balmy evening to pull out a telescope, and headed out to the back yard with Honeybee and Jumping Spider. We looked … Continue reading

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Learning Activity: Using a Balance Scale to Demonstrate Solving for X, part 2

I wanted to show the kids how to figure out an unknown quantity by finding the equivalent value on the other side of the equation. First, we put an upside-down cup on one side of the balance, and I had … Continue reading

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Learning Activity: Addition and Subtraction with Negative Numbers

Our home has a split entry, with stairs going up from the front door to the main floor or down to the basement. We used these stairs today for a fun math activity: exploring addition and subtraction with positive and … Continue reading

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Learning Activity: Marshmallow Molecules

The inspiration for this activity came from Maryanne over at Mama Smiles; I thought it was a great way for young children to learn about molecules. We built our original molecules a couple of months ago–the kids were delighted to … Continue reading

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Learning Activity: Journal Dictations

Writing composition doesn’t have to wait on the development of writing mechanics. The skills of handwriting, spelling, punctuation and formatting are important–but they take time to acquire. In the meantime, our family has enjoyed a tradition instigated by Honeybee: evening … Continue reading

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Learning Activities: Using a balance scale to demonstrate solving for x

I thought the balance scale would be a great way to demonstrate how simple equations work, and what it means to solve for an unknown. I needed something to hide the unknown quantity under, and an empty plastic Easter Egg … Continue reading

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