As much as I don’t want to admit that school is fast approaching, it’s time to start planning. Lucky for you, I’ve teamed up with 6 other fantastic bloggers to bring you a week jam packed with back to school DIY’s, printables, and recipes. Welcome to Back to School Week. Hooray!
We have fabulous school worthy DIY’s from Rachel of The Crafted Life, Lidy of Hello Lidy, Joy of Frock Files, and MJ of Pars Caeli, plus a recipe from Lyndsay of Coco Cake Land and a free printable from Sara of Confetti Sunshine! Guys, it’s seriously awesome. Be sure to tune in each day this week for some awesome Back to School projects!
And to kick us off, I have a teacher approved math game printable for you:I’m entering my sixth year of teaching, so I have a few tricks up my sleeve – or rather, a bag of tricks. This math game, Calculator Path, has been the best trick of all. Students love this game and so do I. It has a simple math concept and easy to follow rules, making it easy for students to grab and play. It also exercises their mental math abilities, encouraging students to do math in their head – or if they’re really stuck they’re free to write down the math equation.
Educational games are a great way to get your kids engaged and school ready. They help exercise the brain to get back to thinking critically and mathematically, making the school transition a little easier. This game is ideal for late primary students working on adding and subtracting double and single digit numbers – though my grade 4’s and 5’s love it too, treating it like a race.
Each player takes turns choosing two numbers from the blue bar (turquoise in the above image, not sure why) and either adding or subtracting them. If the answer is on the board, they cover it with their marker, and then it’s the next person’s turn. The goal of the game is to make a continuous line from one side to the other. Younger kids will focus on this specific goal, while older kids will try to figure out ways they can block their opponent – strategy!
You can choose to print the game once (even laminate it for maximum durability) and cut out circles of two different colours for each player, or for a single use game you can simply use different coloured markers to cross off the numbers.
So get printing and playing to get ready for school!
Be sure to stick around all week to see what other fun activities we have to get you and your kids back to school ready.
Tan of Squirrelly Minds –
Rachel of The Crafted Life – coming tomorrow!
Lidy of Hello Lidy – coming tomorrow!
Sara of Confetti Sunshine – coming Wednesday
Lyndsay of Coco Cake Land – coming Wednesday
Joy of Frock Files – coming Thursday
MJ of Pars Caeli – coming Thursday