July 12, 2018

11 Ways to Make Spelling Practice More Fun

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By Kathy Kuhl          When spelling doesn’t come easily, practicing can be repetitive and boring. Here are some things you can do to keep your child happily working to build their spelling skills: Finger Paint Put finger paint or any colored, gel-like shampoo (such as Prell), in a Ziploc bag. Seal it […]

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July 05, 2018

4 Reasons to Homeschool this Summer

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By Kathy Kuhl           Summer: time for sun, vacation, lazing about—and homeschool? Yes! Even if you aren’t already homeschooling your child, I recommend summertime homeschooling. But the homeschooling I recommend over the summer may not be what you think. I firmly believe that kids and teens need unstructured time. So by […]

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May 25, 2017

Help Writing Numbers & Other Math Freebies from Real Pros

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By Kathy Kuhl In today’s post, I share math resources from experts in teaching math to kids with challenges. Most of these resources are free. Writing numbers is tough for some kids Does your child write numbers backwards? Or does his or her hand move the wrong direction, pushing the pencil up to draw a […]

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April 26, 2016

More algebra with manipulatives

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by Kathy Kuhl Last time, I began explaining bean algebra—a way to solve linear equations using beans. Manipulatives are simply objects you handle to help you understand a concept. The containers represent the variable x. I labeled mine with post-its. Last week, I showed you how to use beans to model equations like 14 =2x. Click here if […]

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April 19, 2016

Teaching algebra with manipulatives

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by Kathy Kuhl Teaching parents in Fort Worth last month, I promised to explain bean algebra—a way to solve linear equations using beans. (I learned this when I was a new public school math teacher in 1979, and I cannot remember or find the source. If you know, tell me.) What manipulatives you’ll need Manipulatives are […]

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April 14, 2016

Adding negative numbers using manipulatives

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by Kathy Kuhl When we teach math, we must show why things are so, or better yet, help our children to discover them for themselves. But how can we show negative numbers with manipulatives—counters or some other tokens that help our kids discover what’s true? It’s easy to show addition and subtraction with positive numbers. […]

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