Math Work Stations Chapter 6

As I read this chapter, I was amazed at all the wonderful suggestions to help students understand place value and number. Last year, our school worked a lot on teaching our children the Base Ten System.  In the process, we had to "unlearn" many of the "old" ways we taught math.  In the beginning, it was a challenge.  Why did children need to know how to get to 10?  Visualize quantities instead of count?  Well, it is all starting to make sense, as I dive into this blog study.
Math Routines:
One of the math routines, I used daily in my classroom in kindergarten was this simple Ten Frame chart which I had posted next to my calendar to correspond with the date.  Each day, we discussed how many ones and tens we had based on the date.  Later in the year, we talked about how many more we need to get a ten.  It was amazing how well the children began to understand quantities from 0 to 30 because of this.
Sing to Learn:
I used this song everyday as we were working on counting to 100.  Although many of my kids knew it, this was always one of our math routines.  I love the song but this visual is just perfect for all learners.
Goodies to Share:
Speaking of visuals, a while ago, I blogged about my Place Value Robot.  It really was a spur of the moment visual,  I created for my kiddos.  Well, I gave it a MAJOR update.   Here it is now.
And, thank you, Ms. Arnold.  I am so glad that I was not the only one who thought the Monopoly money game mentioned in this chapter was pure genius.  As I was creating this, my husband said why make fake money when you could go buy it.  Well, I guess he just doesn't understand teachers, does he.  Tell me, I'm not the only one. Please.  
Hope you enjoy! If you do, please, leave a comment.  I am getting close to 500 Followers.  I have a great giveaway planned to finally kick off my summer vacation.  Three more weeks of school.  

Happy Teaching and Learning,


  1. I like your ten frame chart-I have been looking for ways to sneak more math into my calendar time! Did you just laminate it and then color it in each day with the kids based on the date?

    Keen on Kindergarten

  2. I love the money!! What an awesome post! I'm adding that song to my Promethean board calendar routines.

  3. I love, love, love the place value robot! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  4. I like the song. I think it is a great idea to add it to a daily math routine too. So many children learn from auditory input best. Personally, I learn best by hearing it and seeing it at the same time, so as a learner this would have been perfect for me.

  5. Great job! I love the ideas. I also used a count to 100's song. The one I used was by Jack Hartmann on his Movin' 2 Math CD. It is called "Let's Get Fit (Counting to 100 by 1's). The students do movements as they count. My students begged to do this one. We usually try to do it at least 2 to 3 times per week. I love using music whenever possible. Thanks again for all you do!

  6. Great post! My two year old and I watched the counting clip (just to ten) about ten times. We love it and I know the first graders will too. Thanks!

  7. I love reading all your great ideas! Hope you post the link to Math Monday!

    Cindy @love2learn2day

  8. Thank you for sharing!! I love the counting to 100 song! I had never seen that one before. I plan to see what other fun songs are out there that I can add to my routine. I love the idea of having visuals to go with them!

    Kari :)

  9. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas! When I go to download, it says I don't have permission. Would you mind emailing them to me.
    Thanks so much,

  10. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Love all your math ideas, thanks for sharing!

  12. Love these games! I've been searching for ways to teach ten more ten less and I will defintely be using this robot! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Many thanks for your Robot and your other resources...!! I like them all!! :)


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