Month: February 2016

Using Tens Frames to Teach Addition | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsCore curriculum has definitely changed math curriculum everywhere. At first, I had planned to just ignore it, but since Sola chose Time4Learning for her curriculum, that is not really an option. Honestly, I don’t really mind it. Several international friends have told me that is how they do math in the rest of the world, so I hate to think of us Americans possibly missing out on something good, just because we refuse to try something new. Today, however, Sola was really struggling with a lesson about making tens to solve addition problems.

We finally just made some tens frames mats of our own to help Sola solve her problems and I wish I had done this weeks ago, as her tears just dried right up. It is so much easier to use tens frames to teach how to make tens to solve addition problems! And as I wasn’t easily able to find tens frames mats online, I thought I’d share these tens frames mats that I made for others to use.

For those of you who are not familiar with core curriculum and/or making tens, this is how it works. The idea is that when dealing with certain types of addition problems, it is easier to add in groups of ten. Take the problem 8 + 7 = . You can turn either 7 or 8 into a 10 into a ten, but for my example, we’re going to turn the 8 into a 10.Using Tens Frames to Teach Addition | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

To turn the 8 into a 10, you need to take 2 away from 7.

Using Tens Frames to Teach Addition | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsYou then are left with 1 complete set of 10 and 5 extras. In other words, 15! Which is the correct answer to 8 + 7, yay!

Using Tens Frames to Teach Addition | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsHere is another example. You need to add 7 + 9. You take 1 from the 7 to make the 9 a 10.

Using Tens Frames to Teach Addition | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsThen you have one complete set of 10, plus 6 left over. Which is 16, which is the answer to 9 + 7! Yay again!

Are you using core curriculum math? Do you love it or hate it? Does anyone, but me, feel neutral about it?


How to Plant a Terrarium | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

A terrarium is a mini indoor garden and is a fun and easy way to add a little greenery to your home or office. They are easy to create and depending what plants you choose, easy to care for. To grow a terrarium, you just need: Container, lidded or not (you don’t need a formal […]

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How to Grow Air Plants | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

February can be a good month to do some indoor gardening to help stave off winter doldrums and cabin fever. One type of indoor plant that I have found to be especially easy and rewarding to care for is tillandsia, more commonly known as “air plants”. Air plants have become really popular in the last […]

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Kids Discovery Museum on Bainbridge Island | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias This year, Sola and I decided to try to visit as many different children’s museums around the Puget Sound as possible. So last week, we headed off to Bainbridge Island to visit the Kids Discovery […]

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