Friday, December 13, 2013

Every school age child needs to practice his or her math facts. We don’t believe in flash cards – instead we challenge our academically advanced math learner with a different way to practice her math facts – math squares.
Planet Smarty Pants: Practicing Math Operations the Fun WayThis post was refreshed in June 2014 with new graphics and resource section.

Math Year 2013 in Review

Math_Squares_EmptyIt’s the end of the year, and I only have one math post on my blog – teaching preschoolers about money. This is certainly not because we don’t pay any attention to math. Just the opposite – I find math curriculum in Smarty’s school pathetic, and we do a lot to complement her math education at home. In this post, I want to share a challenge invented by my husband (well, at least it came from his mind and not from any book or blog) called “math squares”.

Why Math Squares Are Great?

Solving_Math_Squares
1. They are different than a routine worksheet and make children look at math problems in a new way.
2. They can be adapted for student’s level. The problems that you see on the board are fairly advanced, but Smarty started with simple one and two-digit addition problems.
3. They give an “introduction” to algebra without getting to the boring subject of “solving for X”.
4. They are self-checking, and Smarty learned to solve an easier problem first to get more clues for harder parts.

Can Anyone Do Math Squares?

My husband was volunteering last year in Smarty’s K-1 combo classroom and used his math squares (beginner versions) with everyone in her class. Most kids loved them and were able to solve at least some of them in 20 minutes spent in his math station.

Want To Try Them Out?

Leave me a blog comment with your email address, and I’ll send you a beginner, intermediate, and advanced sample to try them out.

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92 comments:

Every day life said...

This is great. I would love to try this with my 7 yr old son.

Erica MomandKiddo said...

We have got to do this! Kiddo would love it.

Debbie said...

We would love to try this! I have seen it mentioned by you so many times and have been so curious.

Phyllis said...

You know I am always game for a fun way to present math.
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Ana said...

I would like to try it with my 5 year ols. Beginner, I guess?
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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I think this is brilliant, and we would love to try them out! You have my email :)

amy bray said...

This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing.
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Joyful Learner said...

I would like a sample. You already have my address. When are you coming up with a book of math squares?

CJ HS said...

I would love a sample too...(all three). Thank you so much for sharing.

RockerMom a.k.a. Jennifer said...

Oooh! Robbie would love this.

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Ticia said...

I think I vaguely remember doing something like this at one point when I was teaching, and it was called magic squares, but I think it was a different thing. Now it's gonna be at the back of my brain to remember what I'm thinking of all day long.

Claire Geber said...

I would like to receive a smaple of your Maths Sqaures to try them out.

Katrina Cochran said...

We find that math in my daughter's kindergarten class is also very sad, so we do a lot of supplementing at home for her as well. I would love a sample of your Math Square. Thank you for sharing!

Katrina Cochran said...

We find that the math curriculum in my daughter's kindergarten class is also very sad. We have been supplementing her learning at home. We'd love to try out your Math Squares. Thank you for sharing!

Keri said...

I want to try this! I am just linking this up to my Operations and Algebraic Math Post today… so excited to share this unique idea with others. Way to go!

Bezen Hindistan said...

Could you please send them to me as well? ikame@outlook.com . Please do not publish my email address. Thank you.
Bezen

Catherine Gruener said...

Thank you for sharing the Math Squares fun. Your article has been included in the January Parenting Gifted Children pin Party. http://www.pinterest.com/gruenerconsults/2014-parenting-gifted-children-pin-parties/

Lisa Wren said...

I would love to to try this with my son. Please email me at mrs.wren07@gmail.com thanks so much

Kara said...

I would love to try this! My email is karajansen4avon@gmail.com. Thanks!

Yolandi said...

Hi!

Would love to try this!

Please send me a sample.

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Yolandi said...

Hi!

Would love to try this!

Please send me a sample.

yolaznerina@gmail.com

Jodie said...

My daughter would love this kind of thing =)
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Jenni R. said...

Hi, these look like something my girls would enjoy. Thanks for posting about it! sharedfromwayoverhere@gmail.com

Andrea Cardenas said...

Need this for my 12 year old. andreacardenas10@gmail.com

Nur Azlin said...

Hi,

would really love to learn this. All stages please!

Many thanks!

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Courtney Kappes said...

Hi!

Would love to try this!

Please send me a sample.

courtneykappes@ymail.com

Thanks Much!!!

Chris H said...

Would love to try this! Thanks!

fun the said...

Hi i would like to try this. Funthe@gmail.com. Thanks

panah arjuna said...

I would love a sample too(all three). Thank you so much for sharing. auchak_genie@yahoo.co.uk

panah arjuna said...

I would love a sample too(all three). Thank you so much for sharing. auchak_genie@yahoo.co.uk

Becky said...

I would love to try this! hgsfrmme2u @ hotmail.com ( leave out the spaces )

My daughter read a book about Benjamin Franklin and how he came up with magic squares. Looks the same but not quite.

Thanks for sharing!

lucylu0508 said...

I would love to try this for both my 8 year old and 6 year old. My email address is sleepyhollowacademy@gmail.com

Thank you so much!

Amy said...

I'd love some sample math squares. I sort of understand how they go, but want an example or two to firm them up. I'm teaching math to 7 kids, from age 4 to 11.

Jill R. said...

Math squares sound great, I love that it is a different approach and that kids can catch on with ease.

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Boy Mama Teacher Mama said...

WOW! Looks challenging! Thanks for co-hosting After School!

Katrina Cochran said...

I'd love to try this with my 6 year old. I think she would enjoy it! katrinajolenel@yahoo.com

Gretchen Reuwer said...

These look awesome. I'd love a sample. gretchenreuwer@gmail.com

Michele said...

I would love a sample! Thank you!

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Gina Flint said...

Please send samples! These are great!
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Jamie said...

Please send a sample! As a math and science teacher, I'm always looking for early finisher activities without having to make copies of things!

jamielynhorton@gmail.com

Thank You!

Amy Garoutte said...

I would love to see your samples. Amy.Reynolds7910@Gmail.Com

Katie said...

Would love the samples. Thanks optima2003@aol.com

Donna Atkins said...

I would love to try this out!! i have a 7yr and 10 yr old who both struggle with maths. atkinsdonna@outlook.com thanks

Mr. Frost said...

I would love to get a sample of your math squares, Thank you !

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veena said...

Hi! would love to try this. my mail id: rsiblings@yahoo.com
TIA..:)

Rebeca said...

It would be wonderful to try it with my seven year old !Thank you
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Nishiteach said...

Looks fascinating. Could you please send me some samples to try? Thank you very much. My email is: nishiteach@gmail.com

Nishiteach said...

Looks interesting. Could you please send me your samples
so I can learn about math squares? My email is:
nishiteach@ gmail.com
Thank you so much!

Akila Sankar said...

Looks interesting, we like to try it. My kids are second and sixth graders and my email id is akilasankar@yahoo.com

Thanks

Akila Sankar said...

Looks interesting, we like to try it. My kids are second and sixth graders and my email id is akilasankar@yahoo.com

Thanks

EWell82 said...

I would like to try these! My email is erika.wellman@investcollegiate.org

Kerri Johnson said...

May I please have all 3 levels for our 2 girls? kerri_c_johnson@yahoo.com Thanks!

Kerri Johnson said...

Would love to try these! kerri_c_johnson@yahoo.com

Lori Hansen said...

I would love this resource. Lori.Lee.Hansen@gmail.com

Jayshree said...

I would like to try this for my 2nd grader.teach.shree@gmail.com. Thanks.

Naomi Binkley said...

Hi! Your post doesn't explain the rules for Math Squares, so I'm hoping the details will be revealed in your samples. I am very intrigued!

naomi @ geospaceplay dot com

Thank you!

Heather Hardwick said...

Math Squares looks like an excellent way to teach and practice math! I would love to start teaching math this way to my own children who I homeschool.

Heather Hardwick said...

Math Squares looks like an excellent way to teach and practice math! I would love to start teaching math this way to my own children who I homeschool.

Sylwia Denko said...

This looks wonderful! Please send me a sample.

denkos4@gmail.com

Thank you!
Sylwia

Laura Mathes said...

This activity looks fun and challenging. I would love to try them out. My email is ladema69@gmail.com

Melanie Koppel said...

Ready to try this with 2 of mine that are struggling with their multiplication facts! ASMAcademyOhio@gmail.com thanks, Melanie

Sara said...

This looks like a great resource! Can you please send these to me?

Thanks!

Carla Church said...

Looks like a great resource, please send me information.

carla.church@panorama.k12.ia.us

mariahlivengood said...

Great idea for practicing math facts! I teach 3rd grade so I would love the beginning and intermediate ones. mmcdonnell@hawthornacademy.org

Kim Oldenburgh said...

These look great for all my mathematicians! I'd love a sample.

Carla Church said...

I would love these for elementary kids.
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Helena, la más bella said...

Thank you for the examples
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Cordelia aka Multilingual Mama said...

I would love to try this with my homeschooled kids

multilingualmama22 AT gmail DOT com
thanks!

Lisa Hoffman said...

Could you please email me the examples for each level?
rendos.hoffman@gmail.com

Thanks!!!

Lisa Hoffman said...

Could you please email me the examples for each level?
rendos.hoffman@gmail.com

Thanks!!!

Hannah Davis said...

please send one to me!

hdavis@ebcnet.org

Thank you!!

AmyFlavin said...

Would love to try your math squares in my elementary math elective classes. Thank you!!

amy.flavin@gcagmail.com

AmyFlavin said...

Would love to use the math squares with my elementary math elective classes.

Thank you!

amy.flavin@gcagmail.com

AmyFlavin said...

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Unknown said...

I would love to try this.
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Unknown said...

This looks cool. I would like to try this, for my own kids at home and my 4th graders. Thanks!

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Lynette Hackney said...

I would like to try all the three samples. Thanks. lxcreations77@gmail.com

Barbara Sullivan said...

I'm a new fourth grade teacher. I would LOVE to try these with some of my kids. I struggle to find things at the different levels. If you could send some samples I would greatly appreciate it! My email is barbara.sullivan.2005@gmail.com. Thank you!

Ulanda James said...

I'm an instructional facilitator looking for some strategic ways to assist my third - sixth grade students on becoming proficient with their multiplication facts. Please share any suggestions....thank you in advance
ulandajames@gmail.com

Leah Logan said...

I would LOVE to give this a go with my 3rd Graders in a reteach mini unit on multiplication and division and their relationship. This would be an AWESOME way for them to see the relationship between the operations. My email address is llogan@nolacollegeprep.org

Leane Mortier said...

I can't wait to try this. What a great way to engage students. My email address is leane.mortier2@det.nsw.edu.au

Chalkboard Creations said...

I would love to try these math squares with my kiddos! Thanks so much for sharing! My email is: teacher@chalkboardcreations.com
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Kristin Bradley said...

I would really be interested in using these in my class. Thank you so much for the incredible resource.
kbradley@allsoulsschool.com

afterschoolfun said...

I'd like a sample of each level.Thanks! Lrodriguez@liberty.edu

Darlene Brenner said...

I would love to see your samples for these.
Thanks
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AmyFlavin said...

I would really like to use this activity with my math elective kiddos. Thank you!!
aflavin@laca.org

! said...

Could I please have sample betsy30307@yahoo.com, thank you

! said...

Could I please have a sample, thank you. Betsy30307@yahoo.com

Tracey Ford said...

Love this idea! Please share samples. Thank you. tnford12@gmail.com

Kris Hamilton said...

I teach at a school for gifted children and we are currently writing our math curriculum. I would love to add these math squares to this! Wow!! My email address is kris.hamilton@westgateschool.org.

Thanks so much!!

Janice said...

I'd love the math squares samples to try! Thank you!

jjm9499
at
gmail

Goska Zelek said...

Looks great! Can I try couples? goska.zelek@gmail.com