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    #32272 - 12/06/08 07:01 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: jojo]
    Kriston Offline
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    Registered: 09/19/07
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    Yay! smile I really love girls loving math!

    So any tips to share there, jojo? What are you doing that's working so well?
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    #32277 - 12/06/08 09:32 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Kriston]
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    Registered: 09/04/08
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    Loc: Australia
    I've been focusing on improving calcultation skills this term. To "perform" well in maths, you really need to be able to calculate easily and effortlessly. And there are lots of things that you can do while driving in the car, in the bath, brushing teeth, etc. to improve your child's mental maths. Such as:

    1. number partners to 10, 20, 50 and 100. You say 3, she says 7. You say 6, she says 4. You say 17, she says 3, etc.

    2. Doubles. Just basic stuff like 6+6 and then moving onto 23+23 and then moving on to 38+38. You say 6, she says 12. You say 42, she says 84.

    3. Near doubles. Recognising the doubling process and then adding of subtracting 1. 6+6 and then 6+7, etc.

    4. Multiplication games like www.multiplication.com to get instant recal for timestables. Where Miss 7 has had difficulties really mastering these, I've used visual spatial stories like tree times tree is line to help.

    5. And good ol' mathletics.

    With Miss 4, I try to make things more concrete. Counting buttons, making number lines, adding/subtracting pasta, and playing with dice (roll 2 dice - what's the biggest number you can make, what's the smallest number you can make, adding the numbers together, subtracting them, etc.) Mathletics is good and it helps to have mobile wireless so I can whip it out while big sister is doing gymnastics or other lessons.

    Perhaps this might spark some inspiration? jojo






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    #32278 - 12/06/08 09:41 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: jojo]
    NTmom Offline
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    Registered: 11/26/08
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    Loc: Oregon
    Am I correct in understanding that Mathletics is a curriculum that you purchased? And are you in Australia?

    Sounds great!


    Edited by NTmom (12/06/08 09:41 PM)
    Edit Reason: Forgot to ask where you were

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    #32279 - 12/06/08 10:20 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: NTmom]
    jojo Offline
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    Yep, we're down under. We use www.mathletics.com.au as a supplementary teaching tool. I normally devise a lesson plan around a theme and use mathletics to reinforce the lesson. For example, if we're looking at area, we'll do some kinetic type activities first and then log on to mathletics to find a complementary activity. It's not a curriculum per se but it's supposedly linked to the NSW curriculum (whatever that means!)

    jojo

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    #32291 - 12/07/08 09:28 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: jojo]
    Katelyn'sM om Offline
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    Loc: Austin, TX
    Oh jojo,

    Can we come visit you? I would love to be in the summer months right now! I know I am whinning and those that are up north are probably rolling their eyes at this Texas girl but I hate hate hate the cold and this winter looks like it might get real cold (for us anyway). I would love to have Christmas in shorts!

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    #32299 - 12/07/08 02:41 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Katelyn'sM om]
    jojo Offline
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    Excellent! We could do a house swap? I would love to see a white Christmas. How amazing would that be? And you could have a BBQ Xmas in the pool! Truthfully, it hasn't even begun to get hot here. The kids are living in the pool already and I reckon they'll grow scales before the holidays are out. And we've got just 4 more school days, then 56 holiday home-days. Yippeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    #32301 - 12/07/08 04:09 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: jojo]
    Katelyn'sM om Offline
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    Registered: 10/22/08
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    You so would not see a white Christmas here. Maybe (If you are lucky) an ice Christmas. wink You might want to swap with someone that lives in the northern states. I do find your school system fascinating. They get 56 holiday home-days. Around here we get 2 to 2 1/2 weeks off. If I worked, I wouldn't know what to do with the kids for that long.

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    #32302 - 12/07/08 04:24 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Katelyn'sM om]
    LadybugMom Offline
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    We have a high of 18 degrees (Fahrenheit) here on Wednesday - is that cold enough? We don't always have a white Christmas but I'll guarantee it will be cold enough for you in the midwest.

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    #32308 - 12/07/08 06:11 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: LadybugMom]
    Kriston Offline
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    We've got snow now! The kids were out sledding this afternoon.
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    #32316 - 12/07/08 07:00 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Kriston]
    Katelyn'sM om Offline
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    Registered: 10/22/08
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    Oh sure battle it out with your snow zones taking my dream of down under away! So jojo, I can't offer the snow filled Christmas you dream of BUT I can (drum roll please) offer a lovely cactus filled Christmas. Just think about it. Instead of building a snowman (So over rated in my opinion) you could build a tumbleweed man. How cool is that! Add to that some Cowboy hats and boots with spurs. Now I ask you, isn't that sooo much better than a white Christmas?

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