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Numbers 1 to 11 Drawing Game

Numbers 1 to 11 Drawing Game

My husband learned this drawing game using numbers 1 to 11 in numerical order as a little boy growing up in Korea which is probably why I have never seen it before. He must have learned it really well because he whips it out whenever a restaurant that we are waiting at has brown paper and crayons on the table.

It’s a fun way to entertain the kids! Here it is:

Number 1: Draw it in the center of the page.

Numbers 1 to 11 Drawing Game

Number 2: Draw the number 2 right below number 1.

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Homework Help Desk for FREE Help!

Homework Help Desk for FREE Help!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Get Schooled. The opinions and text are all mine.

My youngest is in 5th grade this year and his homework is getting more challenging. Usually, I can figure out how to help him but sometimes, I need a little help figuring out his homework too! What to do?

Homework Help Desk for FREE Help!

I’d like to tell you about Homework Help Desk, a new website that’s focused on helping kids with their challenging homework in math, science, English (and parents too!). This website is a project of Get Schooled, a national non-profit founded on the belief that students themselves have the power to improve their future if given the right information and motivation.

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Free Summer Math program

FREE Summer Math Program from TenMarks

My middle school principal is encouraging students to stay sharp in math by doing a great free summer math program through TenMarks that I wanted to share with my readers too!

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Happy Pi Day

Pi Day Humor: Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day! Get it? March 14th is 3.14! It’s especially appropriate this year, 2015, as the first few number of pi are 3.1415!

To celebrate, I dug up Pi Day cartoons! I hope you enjoy Pi Day today!!

The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter “π” since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as “pi“.

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Making Math Fun!

Making Math Fun!

Please welcome my guest blogger, Michele Williams, Ph.D., who has a math tutoring company. Today she will be sharing tried-and-true ideas for making math fun for kids!


I can’t think of anything more rewarding than tutoring, especially in math. That’s why I spent nights and weekends helping family and friends with math during my years as an engineer, and it’s why I eventually made the transition to tutoring full time. What could be better than helping a child go from “I can’t do fractions” to “Fractions are fun!”? Read more…

Happy Tau Day, June 28, Tau Day, 6/28/2014

Happy Tau Day Today: 6.28

Tau is approximately equal to 6.28, so that makes today, 6/28, Tau day! Happy Tau Day.

One easy way to think of Tau Day is just to eat twice as much pie today as you did on Pi Day (March 14).

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But … uhmm, what exactly is Tau?!

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summer math for algebra and math facts

Summer Math Ideas for Elementary and Middle School

The summer is nearly here — we have two more weeks of school left! — and I need to get our summer math in order!

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Summer Math Word Problems for Elementary School

For my rising 3rd grade son, it’s an easy decision: Daily Word Problems, Grade 4. All three of my kids have been doing these word problem workbooks for summer math as rising first graders. Read more…

Pi Day, How Pi tells stories, Navigating Early

How Pi Tells Stories: Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day! To celebrate, we are going to explore the idea of Pi and story telling. Can the infinite sequence of the number Pi tell a story? Am I nuts to even think this?


noun: the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet ( Ππ ), transliterated as ‘p.’

symbol: the numerical value of pi.

pi =3.14159265359…

Newbery award winner Clare Vanderpool’s Navigating Early tells a story with Pi. And Vi Hart has a take on Pi and Shakespeare. So It Can Be Done! Let’s explore the stories that Pi tells.

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how to teach 3rd grade boys to program in Scratch

How to Teach 3rd Grade Boys to Program in Scratch

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. It’s created by MIT. I had heard of it years ago from the founder of the company who created my first PragmaticMom blog template. His young son was using it to create games. My son was just a toddler then, so I filed it away in the back of my head for later.

Fast forward to now. My 9-year-old son is a serious gamer and in on screens from the minute he wakes up until I yell at him at night to get off screens. It’s very tough to keep him off screens because he floats from the computer to the iPad to his DSi to the TV and back again. Sometimes he even multi-tasks watching TV WHILE eating WHILE playing a game on the computer. Don’t even get me started about the keyboard to that computer. It’s covered in crumbs and barely works; it’s so gunked up.

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