Building Number Sense

     Hello!  This is just a quick blog post about helping your child build number sense.  People who have number sense can use numbers flexibly.  They rely on their understanding of numbers and quantities to solve computation problems.  Children can strengthen their number sense by engaging in fun games and activities that provide the opportunity… Continue reading Building Number Sense

Multi-Sensory Learning at Home

When I think about the ways kids learn and the way an environment can support learning, I am reminded about the importance of providing kids with materials that can help them visualize a concept or an idea they are working on.  Many of us are visual learners and creating a visual to represent a concept… Continue reading Multi-Sensory Learning at Home

Building Math Fluency

     I've had a couple conversations about how kids learn math facts recently. I thought I would share how I helped my kids develop math fluency and share some resources you can use to help your child strengthen his or her math fluency.   To better understand the approach I take to learning math facts… Continue reading Building Math Fluency

A Learning Play Date

This week in Arizona many schools are closed due to the teacher walkout.  There is a great necessity to adequately fund schools in the state. I support the teachers, administrators and support staff who have stood their ground to put pressure on the state legislature and leaders to come up with a solution. Since the… Continue reading A Learning Play Date

Middle School Learners

When my kids were young, I would direct their attention toward nature, building blocks, art supplies, etc to keep little hands busy. We also took trips to the zoo, the park, science museum and gardens.  At home, I would place materials out for them to play with and and use.  It was a very natural… Continue reading Middle School Learners

Exploring Shapes and Making Connections

This summer we will be spending almost three weeks in Europe.  We are starting our trip in the Swiss Alps then spending time in Florence, Paris and finally Ireland. (Where we get to visit friends we miss greatly.)  I hope to prepare the kids for the art and architecture they will encounter on the trip.… Continue reading Exploring Shapes and Making Connections

Galaxy Art

The enthusiasm for space continues!  Yesterday, the kids looked at photos of galaxies and stars in books and online.  My 11-year-old and 6-year-old each used different materials to make a picture of a galaxy.   My daughter experimented with Maya Mists spray paints (from a crafty friend) and some acrylic paint to make her image.… Continue reading Galaxy Art

Teaching a Single Learner

I recently realized that tutoring has always been part of my life.  In high school I tutored students in math at the local middle school.  As an engineering student in college, I volunteered at a high school.  Tutoring is what led me to consider switching majors to education.  I enjoy the learning and teaching process and… Continue reading Teaching a Single Learner

Space, Clay and Learning

My six-year-old has developed an interest in space.  He specifically asked to know more about the people who first landed on the moon.  I looked around our house for our space books and displayed them in our learning space for him to look at and read. On Wednesday he signed up to go the public… Continue reading Space, Clay and Learning