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My kids struggle with math. And it is not my best subject. So I came up with a game to make learning the equations more fun. I have four children and all of them are at different levels. 1-4th grade. With this game we can all play it together but still be challenged at our own level. I posted a picture of all you will need. I used empty cups from the crystal light. School Glue. Black construction paper or card stock, A Gold acrylic paint pen, or a white out pen, and the canaster to hold the crystal light, and scissors. I glued black paper in so the numbers are not seen on the reverse side. I wrote numbers on the paper with a gold deco color pen. If you don’t have a pen like that, they sell them at Michaels and are not too expensive, you can also use a white out pen. It is less expensive and works just as great as you can see with the number 8 I made. If you have just one level, you can write equations, then the kids have to match them but have to answer the question in a specific time to collect the cups. For my kids I used just numbers. Now my 6 year old can add the numbers to get the right answer and my 4th grader can multiply the same numbers to get the cups. I can even use it for division and subtraction if I don’t use anything other then numbers. And the containers for the crystal light are a perfect place to store the game when you are done playing it!
So the rules:
Youngest goes first
play goes clock wise
on your turn: turn over two cups multiply, subtract, add, or divide the numbers to get the right answer in less then 30 seconds. (As the parent you set what each child has to do, so there is no easy way out. Remember it is a game but you want to help them learn their math facts faster.)
If you get it right you keep the cups.
play ends when all cups are gone and winner is the one with the most cups.
Fostering to Adopt June 19, 2009
I love being a foster mom and I love my little boy!! There are some definate ups and downs as I know it is for all families. But I have fallen into the routine of family life and love it. I feel like I have gained everything and lost nothing. Not as much time to blog, but he is free for adoption and that is our next step. Looking forward to my next child!
This week will be our first visit from friends out of state. They don’t have kids, but they love kids. And I am still a bit nervouse. It isn’t the same, and my little guy definately has some behaviour issues. I hope it is a fun week still.
Is a Fear of Heights Inherited, or Learned? February 11, 2009
I know it’s been a while, but I wanted something fun to write about. And I think I have it.
I signed my nephew up for ski lessons starting the end of February. He will get five lessons. After signing the form I started getting nervous. Very nervous about the ski lift! Also about how many kids there are and hoping that he won’t get lost.
As a preschool teacher and Nanny, I am surprised at how much anxiety comes with dropping off my nephew into someone elses care. I know the drill, and I know kids do fine once the parents leave. And I think Seany will do fine no matter what because I think he really is ready for preschool. We just can’t afford it.
I am the first to tell you that if your child cries when you drop them off at school, the best thing is to say goodbye once, give one kiss, one hug and go out the door, not looking back. Your child will calm down within a few minutes. I guarentee it. However, now the table is turned, and it is me dropping off and oh my goodness is it hard to let someone else care for your child!
As for the chair lift,
My family has a history with a fear of heights. My mom is really bad, my brother is almost as bad, and mine is minimal. Now I would have said mine is nonexistant, but that was before this past Saturday. We have no idea if this fear has been passed on to my nephew. Can it be passed on to my nephew or is it something he would learn from us? I was very curious. So I wrote on his ski card that he may have a fear of heights and even though we have not mentioned it to him, we want someone who is willing and able to deal with this fear if it occurs on the way up the mountain.
I took my nephew to Scheels Saturday after a party. My first time there. We were looking for goggles. We found them. But we also found the farris wheel! Seany asked if we could go on it, and being the cool aunt, I said, “Absolutely!” (more…)
Playing For Change: Song Around the World “Stand By Me” January 2, 2009
My God Father sent this to me. I really enjoyed it and think it is a cool idea. Check it out.
From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes the first of many “songs around the world” being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe. This and other songs such as “One Love” will be released as digital downloads soon; followed by the film soundtrack and DVD early next year.
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Simple Pleasures September 10, 2008
Today, I started a new part of my job. The kids are now in school, so I have part time hours with the kids and to keep me full time they have found other work for me to do. Praise God! One of the new jobs is the “family” laundry instead of just the “kids” laundry.
I have had a bag of mismatched socks on the counter for about six months. I can’t tell you how much I have been wanting to throw that bag out. (more…)