Disclaimer: I was recently contacted by Smartick to review their math program. We were given a free subscription in exchange for our honest opinion.

Smartick Method Review | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

What is Smartick

Smartick is a unique online learning method that, through mathematics, increases mental agility, calculation skills and concentration, and study habits, helping your child reach their maximum potential. Smartick’s methodology incorporates the best of traditional learning methods (Japan, Singapore method, etc), combined with studies from top research centers and universities, such as Harvard and Chicago. State of the art technology and pedagogical adaptation is added to the mix by Smartick’s outstanding team of engineers, mathematicians, educators and psychologists. If you are interested in Smartick, there is a discount for you at the bottom of this post.Smartick Method Review | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells


Using Tens Frames to Teach Addition | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Core 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, […]

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Skip Counting Activities That Your Kids Will Love | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Skip counting is taught in first grade in Waldorf schools. Skip counting is the practice of counting by any number other than 1’s. According to The Tasks and Content of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum, students in first grade should learn “up to the 7 times table by heart and through rhythmical practice”. Two weeks ago, I […]

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How to Make a Waldorf Skip Counting Board | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Waldorf skip counting boards are a great way to help children visualize number patterns and introduce geometry concepts. When making our board, it was a little more complicated to space the pegs out on the board than I had been lead to believe, so I ended up using a protractor and compass. You can just […]

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Easy DIY Sensory Beanbags | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Sensory beanbags are a great educational tool for all children and when made from various textures, can add a tactile component to learning as well as addressing the needs of children with sensory processing challenges. I wanted some beanbags to toss while practicing skip counting this year and it occurred to me that I  might […]

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