*This post was refreshed in June 2014 with new graphics and resource section.*

## Math Year 2013 in Review

It’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?

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.

## More Math Resources

- 100 Ways to Have Fun With Math at Home
- Tangrams for Beginners
- Hands-On Logic Problems for Elementary School
- Teach Your Preschoolers About Money
- Teach Your Preschoolers About Quantity and Numbers
- Teach Your Preschoolers to Tell Time

## 93 comments:

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

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

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

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

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I would like to try it with my 5 year ols. Beginner, I guess?

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

This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing.

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

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

Oooh! Robbie would love this.

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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.

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

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!

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!

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!

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 Please do not publish my email address.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

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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/

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

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

Hi!

Would love to try this!

Please send me a sample.

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Hi!

Would love to try this!

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My daughter would love this kind of thing =)

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

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

Hi,

would really love to learn this. All stages please!

Many thanks!

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Hi!

Would love to try this!

Please send me a sample.

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Thanks Much!!!

Would love to try this! Thanks!

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

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

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

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!

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

I would love a sample! Thank you!

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Please send samples! These are great!

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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!

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Thank You!

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

Would love the samples. Thanks optima2003@aol.com

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

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

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

TIA..:)

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

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

Looks interesting. Could you please send me your samples

so I can learn about math squares? My email is:

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Thank you so much!

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

Thanks

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

Thanks

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

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

Would love to try these! kerri_c_johnson@yahoo.com

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

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

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!

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Thank you!

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.

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.

This looks wonderful! Please send me a sample.

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Thank you!

Sylwia

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

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

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

Thanks!

Looks like a great resource, please send me information.

carla.church@panorama.k12.ia.us

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

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

I would love these for elementary kids.

carla.church@panorama.k12.ia.us

Thank you for the examples

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I would love to try this with my homeschooled kids

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thanks!

Could you please email me the examples for each level?

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Thanks!!!

Could you please email me the examples for each level?

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Thanks!!!

please send one to me!

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Thank you!!

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

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

Thank you!

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I would love to try this.

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

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

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!

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

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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

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

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

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

I would love to see your samples for these.

Thanks

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

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

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

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

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!!

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

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

Just found this site and this post. Better late than never!

I would love to see examples of your math squares.

Thanks!

Nancy Golden

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