## Learning how to teach what I never was taught (…well)

### Coin Value and Equivalent Block Poster

Coin Value Chart Poster with Centimeter Snap Cubes Reference

For my child, the concept of 5 pennies in a nickel didn’t make any sense. Where did they go? I soon realized she was right. There are not 5 pennies in a nickel and she was right. There are however, 5 cents, the abstract meaning of the coin, within the nickel just as the penny equals 1 cent. Well, explaining cents to a young child isn’t going to happen, yet. So, why not make the abstract concept concrete with blocks. I found these awesome centimeter linking blocks, a 1000 for less than \$20, which are working perfectly for learning money.

My child earns money for her schoolwork and chores. She gets paid in blocks, assembles them into 10s, 5s, and the remaining ones. Then, she converts those blocks to dollars and coins. For handwriting practice, she must write the amount on her tally when she places her money into the jar. This method of doing math turns a Long Vowel E phonics lesson into a detailed math lesson.

Coin Value Poster for preschool, kindergarten, young children with physical block representation of coin value and currency. Front and back of the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half-dollar, and dollar bill images, pictures, are included.

### Equivalent Bar Fractions – Free Printable

Equivalent Bar Fractions Craft Foam Manipulative Free Printable Template

We are just now really beginning to understand our fractions. This is a manipulative, along with our cake fractions papercraft, that is being used on a routine basis. Simply print the document on legal size paper. Laminate using Duck Brand clear contact paper. Then, using carpet tape, stick to a piece of craft foam. Proceed to cutting out the individual pieces. A quality pair of scissors are needed for this job.

### Number 6 and 9 Confusion – No More!

Six sitting on sticks
Nine looking at the sunshine

“Mommy, why is my birthday taking so long?” Well, with the help of my homemade Montessori beads, I can answer that.

“Mommy, how much is a dollar?” (for buying toys with at the dollar store) With my Montessori beads, I can answer that too!

For the fun of it, I went ahead and made enough bead bars to create the Square of Pythagoras.  That was really cool for me to see. I look forward to having the squares and cubes completed.

Many thanks are owed to Moose Huntress, Imagine our Life and Teaching from a Tackle Box / Livable Learning for all their inspiration.

For the beads, wire and tools, go to Bolek’s. I chose to use 8MM Round Faceted Beads in Opaque colors except for the 10 chain which is translucent.

Colors and Numbers as represented by Bolek’s Crafts Bead Chart

10 Bead Bar is #23 Sun Gold
9 Bead Bar = #68 Opaque Royal
8 Bead Bar = #56 Opaque Brown
#7 Bead Bar = #73 Opaque White
#6 Bead Bar = #59 Opaque Lilac
#5 Bead Bar = #53 Opaque Baby Blue
#4 Bead Bar = #74 Opaque Yellow
#3 Bead Bar = #64 Opaque Pink
#2 Bead Bar = #57 Opaque Green
#1 Bead Bar = #67 Opaque Red

Instructions and quantities can be found at Moose Huntress. I am also making 9 individual thousand cubes.

### Number Sequencing with Lego Duplos and Flip Tab Numbers

Using my manipulatives from Lego Duplo Math Cubes and Flip Tab Numbers, she practices her number sequencing.  I am happy if she gets 20 or so in the right place  I do not expect a 5 year old to sit that long. Each time we do this exercise, I am amazed at how much number recognition she has without ever having used a schoolbook!

### Preschool Color Coded Calendar – Free Printable

Color Coded Calendar Template – Free Printable

Our color coded calendar has been amazing at teaching my child the concepts of days, months and years. When she asks when we are doing something, until recently, I would explain that today is the blue day and we go swimming on the pink day. Her number writing practice at this age is writing the dates into the calendar.

### Paint Chip Dry Erase Friendly Calendar

I created this paint chip wall calendar as a visual aide for my child. The background is made from cut paint chip samples from the hardware store. The frame is a simple poster frame for the big box store (plastic, not glass). For extra durability and ease of cleaning, I laminated the outside plastic with Duck brand clear contact paper.  Later, I created a printable calendar with the same colors as the daily planner on the wall calendar. My little one’s ability to understand the days of the week went from nothing to nearly complete understanding within a month.