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Making Multiplication Fun

I remember a contest our school had when I was in the fourth grade. The challenge was to see which person in each grade could write out the multiplication tables by a certain date, beginning with the ones and going through the twelves. Looking back, I can see I was pretty competitive even then. I wrote and I wrote and I wrote. And I

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Helping Kids Learn About Money

When I was small, my parents worked hard to try to save on expenses. My mom sewed a lot of our clothes, we ate almost every meal at home, and went on a vacation every couple of years. But when I got my first job while I was in high school, I didn’t have those more frugal tendencies. Instead, I spent almost all of

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Geometry lessons for Parents & Kids

If your child needs a little extra help with geometry and learning shapes and angles, or if he or she just needs a quick review, this activity is a fun one to try. Here’s what you’ll need: Supplies Cardboard Shapes:  These should include whatever shapes your child is learning, such as circle, right triangle, equilateral triangle, square, rectangle, parallelogram, rhombus, octagon, pentagon, and trapezoid.

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Puddles, Science, and Math

The past month or so, we have had a lot of rain. It even rained every day all day for two whole weeks. Looking around town, one can tell – the ground is softer, the rivers are higher, and some of the roads have crumbled. We’re thankful for any piece of blue sky we see. But my kids are also thankful for the puddles.

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Easy Cookie Recipe

Whenever we have an event to attend and we need to bring something sweet along, we always go for this oh-so-easy cookie recipe. It’s simple to put together, and after you’ve made them a few times with your child, he’ll be able to do it all by himself! What You’ll Need 2 eggs 1/2 cup of oil 1 box of cake mix (any kind)

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Money Lessons for Students

FoolProof Teacher is a website with tools for educators and students that teaches students about money and personal finances. The founder of the website, Will deHoo, lectures schools on tips for students on how to become money savvy. The lectures have proved to be a success for students according to a story recently published in San Francisco Chronicle where it describes how Mr. deHoo

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5 DIY After School Math Ideas!

Sometimes afterschool programs and home schools may be limited in their resources. Getting kids involved can be easy if you use items that are already lying around and combine them with a little creativity! Here are five great ideas on quick math activities and games that are easy to make and fun to play! Pipe-Cleaner Geometry Before you begin, you can make a set

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Costly Leaks | An Afterschool Math and Science Project for Earth Day

The book 1001 Ways to Explore Science and Nature contains hundreds of fun, educational, and crafty ways to explore science and nature after-school. The following project, Costly Leaks, was adapted from the book. Kids love it because it is an engaging real world problem. Teachers love it because it is a great way to explore environmental concepts while practicing multiplication. Costly Leaks: It may

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