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What’s Insta-Fun, Insta-Educational, and Insta-Creative? @Educents!

If you haven’t heard – we have our very own Instagram, @Educents!! We love to share current deals, our own crafts, #mancrushmondays, happenings in the office, and other fun things! We’d love to see you follow us and we’d love even more to see you tag us in one of your own adventures with your family. Here are some of our favorite past posts, what do you think?

Our CEOs, Kate and Kaitlyn with one of our favorite bloggers @simplykinder at I Teach K 2014!

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We love making crafts with some of the products on our site! #tbt to the valentine dedicated to all of you!

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@mrjhughes used #Educents and we got to share this moment from I Teach K 2014! Thanks for sharing!

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Follow us and please tag us in some of your own creations @Educents! We love seeing your beautiful faces!!

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Math Madness Wednesday: Factors and Multiples



How do you teach factors and multiples?  Whew!  What a question!  While the concepts may not seem that difficult, kids seem to have a problem remembering which one is which!  And, they don’t really understand WHY they need to learn them in the first place!  Please tell me I am not the only one with this problem!!



BrainPop has come to my rescue, once again!  Our family uses these videos often, especially my son.  He is visual (and has a TON of questions) so these videos are great for him.  Plus, he is discovering humor right now (he’s 11, but his autism prevents him from figuring out humor sometimes) so he likes the funny parts with Moby!  Here is a link to the Factoring video (this is NOT a free video, unfortunately, but if you already have a subscription or your school has one, you can access it!).

 



Another way to help students understand factors is by creating arrays.  You can create arrays with any kind of manipulatives (cubes, beans, counters, lids, etc.).  But, if you are allowed to bring food into the classroom or you are practicing at home, it is always fun to bring in edible “counters” to practice factoring!  Skittles, M&Ms, goldfish, marshmallows, and grapes are all perfect for this.  Just have the kids count out a certain number of counters and show you all of the different arrays you could make with them.  You can track what numbers were used and reinforce the word “factor” while doing it. 
 
 

 

For multiples, you can use a hundreds chart.  Kids can color in the multiples for a certain number or they could put the manipulatives they were using for factors directly on the hundreds board.  It is fun to see the patterns show up!  In this picture, you can see the diagonal lines that show up with the multiples of threes!  If you have multiple colors of highlighters, they can do more than one pattern at a time!  If you want a FREE version of a blank hundreds chart, click here (I have a version that begins with 0 and a version that begins with 1).  
 

SALE TIME!!

If you are looking for some more practice with Factors and Multiples, check out my BUNDLE.  It includes all you need to teach factors and multiples, as well as practice finding Greatest Common Factors and Least Common Multiples.
 

This bundle includes:
*A poster showing the difference between factors and multiples
*Color-By-Number pictures to practice finding GCF and LCM
*Practice pages for finding GCF and LCM
*A cut-and-paste activity to show the differences between factors and multiples
*A Monster Mash game board and instructions
You can grab this bundle from Educents for only $5 this week (it is normally $10, so it is a great time to snag it!).  That means it is less than $1 per activity!!  

I would LOVE to hear how YOU teach factors and multiples!  Leave a comment below to share your ideas.
 

Until next time,

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How to Prep for the SATs on your Smartphone

As soon as someone mentions “SAT,” the listener probably tunes out and starts to fiddle on his or her phone. But what if there was a way to make SAT Prep as easy and painless as texting? PrepCube has devised a program that prepares the technologically-inclined learners for SATs in their preferred format – texting.

How does PrepCube work? Students are pushed one question and solution via text message every day. After the question has been texted, the learner has the option to get help from a tutor via private message or through the PrepCube website. The PrepCube also system allows students, parents, and teachers to track all of their student’s results on its dashboard.

DID YOU KNOW?
Texting has become the preferred mode of communication for American teens.

All the PrepCube SAT Prep questions are developed by the Co-Founder of Bell Curves, a leading standardized test preparation company. He oversees all aspects of the development of programs and materials, as well as the training of tutors. He has spent the last 18 years working as a standardized test prep trainer and materials developer at three different test prep companies.

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Coming Soon: Teaching Momster Pop-Up Shop

The Educents team is very excited to announce the Teaching Momster Pop-Up Shop is coming this week! Krista is offering every deal she has EVER listed on Educents. That means you can save on resources for multiplication, division, symmetry, probability, and MORE math lessons! Oh, and don’t forget the famous WILD! Uno Card Games!

Here’s a list of our Top 3 Favorite Math Madness Moments (so far):

3. A Family Trip to Big Sur

2. Krista’s Favorite Lesson of the Year

1. Symmetry - We just LOVE using Legos to learn!

More About Krista of Teaching Momster:

My name is Krista and I am so excited to start my blogging journey!  I am a Mid-West girl, but my family now lives in California.  I have two kiddos of my own (ages 10 and 11) and they keep me very busy!  Prior to our move to California, I taught in the classroom for over 12 years.  While I definitely miss it most days, I have decided to put my family first and take care of my own kids while they are still young enough to need me.  It wasn’t an easy decision, but one that definitely needed to be made.  During the transition (we moved from Indiana, so this was a HUGE change), I homeschooled my kids.  My son is autistic, so the change was even more difficult for him than it was for the rest of us.  While homeschooling had never crossed my mind before (I was a public school teacher, for Pete’s sake!), I know it was the right thing for us to do at the time.  I knew I wanted him to get back to the classroom soon to help him try to make friends and learn some more social skills, but the school we were “supposed” to go to was not the right one for us.  I had to fight a little, but I was able to get both kids into a fabulous school!  His teacher is amazing and works hard to help him (and us) everyday!  I have a feeling the homeschool may be for us again in the future, but for now, I am happy to have the time during the day to work on blogging and creating products that can help other teachers be as amazing as his teacher is this year! 

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TODAY ONLY: Get 20% Off Alpha Omega Homeschooling Curriculum

It’s that time again! Educents is offering 20% off Alpha Omega Curriculum from dawn to dusk on July 18th. Educents shoppers get 5% back on their purchase, plus FREE SHIPPING on orders of $75 or more.

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Math Madness Wednesdays: Math Centers From A Guest Author!

Hi Ya’ll!
My name is Pam from SOL Train Learning and I am so excited to be a guest for Krista today.  I know Krista always has some awesome math ideas and products that she shares every week, and I hope you will enjoy our products as well.  I am thrilled to be able to share just a few of the math centers and games that I do with my kiddos!  I run my math groups like I do my guided reading groups and I love it.  My students are involved in many areas of math every day, and it gives me an opportunity to work with smaller groups as well.

This is a measuring center that I did with smaller groups.  We made GAK.  They loved it!
Some of you may already know my class mascot, Quality Quentin.  He helps my kiddos to be quality students.  The reason I am introducing him to you is you will see him on some of our centers.  My kiddos love seeing him pop up on their work:)
These are some of the sheets that are in our Money Bundle that I use during math groups.  It is always fun playing games.
These coin books are also in the bundle.
This bundle has a 4 week daily lesson plan, coin rap, puzzles of our coin rap, games, coin chart,coin books, and printables.  You can get this bundle for 20% off only at Educents for the next week: July 16-23.  Just click on the picture below.
This is a great center to do!  We love pattern blocks!  And my students got very creative with them.
Cat in the Hat with Thing 1 and Thing 2
Benjamin Franklin
This is the president in his office.  See the picture of the Monument?  Wow!!
I am blessed to have these computers, to do this great math center!  One of the programs I use is Moby Max.  Y’all can try the program for free for a month to see if you like it.   The kiddos work at their own ability levels.
I use M&Ms at a center to teach fractions of groups.  I do this group myself and let them have some to eat when they finish:)
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We would like to say thank you to Krista at Teaching Momster for having us as her guests!
We loved sharing our ideas and products with you and hope ya’ll found some great math games and centers that will be useful in your classrooms!
Remember you can get our Money Bundle for 20% off at Educents.

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Sponsored Post: The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

Check out this sponsored post from our friend, Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand of the Writing Course/Advanced Writing Resources. Fred’s thoughts are in blue. The post also features an article written by Michelle Navarre Cleary that was featured in Atlantic Monthly

We’ve been pointing this out for years! Kids will learn to love writing (and grammar) if you focus on good literature and lots of writing practice. Studying Grammar is deadly. Don’t take my word for it. Read the Atlantic Monthly Article…

 

The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading.

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A century of research shows that traditional grammar lessons—those hours spent diagramming sentences and memorizing parts of speech—don’t help and may even hinder students’ efforts to become better writers. Yes, they need to learn grammar, but the old-fashioned way does not work.This finding—confirmed in 19842007, and 2012 through reviews of over 250 studies—is consistent among students of all ages, from elementary school through college. For example, one well-regarded study followed three groups of students from 9th to 11th grade where one group had traditional rule-bound lessons, a second received an alternative approach to grammar instruction, and a third received no grammar lessons at all, just more literature and creative writing. The result: No significantdifferences among the three groups—except that both grammar groups emerged with a strong antipathy to English. …rest of the article: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/02/the-wrong-way-to-teach-grammar/284014/

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Really…it makes sense. All the tedium of learning grammar is torture, and it makes a young writer ‘busy’ in their own head. Grammar is fine to carefully learn if you are a student of analysis (like a analyzing Bible texts), but it really (really) doesn’t help a young writer to learn how to write. Writing helps the most. Next, does the writing make sense? If they are writing and it makes sense, then you are on the right path! If you can explain how it might make more sense, then you are the right teacher!

 

Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand www.advanced-writing-resources.com