How Many Kids Are on the Bus – Subitizing to Ten

Math Lesson from Kat and Squirrel - How many kids on the bus?Covers Math Common Core Standards for Kindergarten and First Grade – Understanding Numbers and Operations in Base Ten – Students will represent a number of objects with a numeral.

Each card displays a school bus with the windows in the shape of a tens frame. Faces are showing in the windows. As cards are flashed students write or say the number of faces they see on the bus.

Includes 26 large demonstration cards that can be flashed to a group of students and they write the corresponding number.

Also includes 26 smaller cards that can be used at a math center or as a game. Shuffle and divide cards. One child flashes a card and if the partner gets the correct number he/she keeps the card. If the number is incorrect the card goes to the bottom of the first child’s pile. Take turns flashing cards. Play until all cards have been correctly identified.

Goals of the lesson Goal/Common Core Standard:

Understanding Numbers and Operations in Base Ten – Students will represent a number of objects with a numeral.

Bonus!! Recording sheet for students to write answers as an independent counting activity.


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Homework First Aid for Parents

Is homework giving you headaches? Is study time stressing you out? If so, you and your child may be in need of a little homework first aid. Read and follow these prescriptions for fast relief.

Homework PrescriptionEnvironment – Create a calm, quiet, and comfortable environment for your child to study. The ideal location would be a special place set aside for studying only. Preferably not near a window, TV, or other visual distractions.   Locate necessary supplies like pencils, pencil sharpeners, paper, dictionary, flash cards, calculator, calendar, etc. within arm’s reach of the study area. Sitting on a yoga ball may benefit active kids by allowing them to move.


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Preparation – Try to have your child study at the same time every day so the work becomes routine and habitual. This could be right after school, or after some play time. Make sure it is a time when your child still has energy. Schedule a snack and bathroom break just before settling in to study.


Homework PrescriptionPriorities – Work on the hardest project first. You know your child’s strengths and weaknesses and can use this to your advantage by doing the difficult work when your child has the most energy. Make sure to praise real effort along the way. Use a calendar to keep track of large projects and tests. This will help you plan the best use of your study time. Create a to-do list on a small white board and let your child erase each activity as you complete it.


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Methods – Study methods will depend upon your child’s age and the type of material being learned. Some tried and true study methods include using manipulatives, using flashcards, highlighting important material, creating a graphic organizer, reading aloud, turning information into a rap or song, playing a game with your material, creating simulations, generating a mnemonic, and reteaching the material to someone else.


Homework PrescriptionBreaks – Depending on your child’s age and study load, you may want to schedule some ‘brain breaks’ every 10-20 minutes. Brain breaks are 1-3 minutes of physical activity designed to help your child reenergize and regain focus. A brain break could include dancing, jumping, running, or anything you can think of that’s fun and gets the body moving.


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Dosage: Be sure to take all 5 prescriptions in a caring environment daily.

Side effects may include (but are not limited to): happy, calm, smart, loving, generous, and beautiful children.

Squirrel Away – Subitizing Game for Structuring Numbers (1-6)

“Can we play again?”

This is an awesome game I use to help teach spatial patterns and subitizing while working on structuring numbers with my first-grade math intervention group. They love it! This is the 1-6 version. The 7-12 version will be coming soon.

Goals of the lesson

Squirrel Away Number Match 1-6 Game from Kat and SquirrelCCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.A.1
Count to 100 by ones and by tens.

Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.

Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a
rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a
number from 1-20, count out that many objects.

Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals
and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.

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Love Languages – Everybody Has One

The teacher-student relationship is of utmost importance when it comes to learning.Five Love Languages At School

Gary Chapman, PhD and Ross Campbell, MD have written some awesome books about the 5 Love Languages.  If you’ve never read them – do it.  And visit their website, to find out your primary love language.  Their advice is eye-opening and sooooo helpful when trying to show your appreciation to others.

In their books they state that everyone has a primary way that they like to give and receive love and appreciation.

The five love languages they describe are:

Words of Affirmation – this language is all about using kind and encouraging words – frequently.

Acts of Service – people in this group see a helping hand as a sign of affection.

Receiving Gifts – for these people gifts are proof that you think about them and that you care.

Love Language Posters

Love Language Posters

Quality Time – this language requires giving others your full and undivided attention. Be present.

Physical Touch – closeness and touch help this group to feel a connection to you.

Figuring out the primary love languages of the people you care about will help you build strong relationships. And the teacher-student relationship is of utmost importance when it comes to learning.

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The 5 Love Languages of Children