Sunday, August 11, 2013

What Are Your MATH Plans?

It's been a very busy summer. I've been occupied (in no particular order) with:
  • sick people (first a child and now a Lysol trigger finger has gotten plenty of exercise!)
  • packing - both a child for the first year of college and the entire family for a week of camping
  • gardening - I've frozen a tremendous amount of green beans and hope to put up a lot more produce
  • supporting teachers - blogging (not here, obviously!), writing, and teaching workshops
  • lesson planning - thinking about this fall!!!
Our vacation didn't start til the end of June and won't end until early September, but my math wheels are turning with new ideas as I plan for Bridges Second Edition. I also want to incorporate math apps (free), children's literature, and notebooks. (Math all day, every day?) :) 

Have you started planning your year? Some of you have probably already begun. I'm curious to know what you are using for math this year, whether in the classroom or in a homeschool setting.

Share your plans! :)


  1. What is Bridges? I love incorporating children's literature into math too!
    Grade 4 Buzz

    1. Hi Lisa! You can check out the link. I love Bridges and have been using it for a long time. The second edition is out this year for K-2 and coming out for 3-5. Loving what I've used so far! Very hands-on, mathematical thinking and strategies.

  2. I plan on using Math U See Primer - Alpha for one child Beta-Gamma for another. Adding in lots of math games and math books.

    1. Sounds fun, Tiffany! Hope you post games and books you find! :)

  3. Hi Cindy,
    I teach first grade and I'm excited to say that my team-mate and I are piloting Bridges for math. We just got our kits and the program looks fantastic. It lines up with common core and is very hands on.

    1. Ohhhhh, I hope you blog about it! I'd love to read about what others are doing with Second Edition!!!! I love what I've seen in first grade.

  4. A varied mix of iPad games, board games, dice games, card games (Education Unboxed), living maths books (eg. the Sir Cumference series, Life of Fred, Maths Genius) along with journals, life (incidental experiences and conversations), old Enrich-e-matics and Think-Matics books, Singapore Maths workbooks at times, songs, videos, Targeting Maths (Cd roms and iPad apps), numerous online tools (eg. nrich, Khan, Zoo Whiz, Vi Hart videos) ... a happy, eclectic range!

  5. Hi Cindy,
    Bridges looks like something I would have loved to use when I was teaching. But is it adaptable for a homeschool environment?

    This year, we are dropping Singapore Math (at request from DD) and will work with Miquon, Life of Fred, Beast Academy and Living Math books.

    1. Adaptable? Definitely. Homeschool priced? Probably not. But there are a TON of free items on the site, including some units that were rewritten for the homeschool audience. Great stuff.
      (they just made Problem Solving with Story Boxes free...I used Opening Eyes when I taught 3rd grade...)

      These are especially great for homeschool setting:

      I'm not familiar with Beast Academy. Need to check it out.

  6. I have planned out my math blogging schedule for 2 months so I think I am pretty set math wise. Now to get my 2nd son to improve on reading...

    Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog. That banana slicer's comments were SO hilarious!!!

    Kids Math Teacher


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