Mastering Multiplication with AIM

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Multiplication can be hard for children to learn, but it is a skill that needs to be learned. When children struggle though, they may just pretend to know the skill to keep moving forward, I know mine do. Math-U-See has come up with Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division to help children who struggle with multiplication.

What Is It

AIM for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division is not a full math curriculum. Instead, it is a way for students 10 and older who are looking to increase their confidence in math and retention of multiplication facts.

AIM for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division uses the Math-U-See manipulatives and varied instructional methods. The lessons are student-centered with the instructor helping to guide.

Not only do we have the manipulatives that make Math-U-See different, but we also have an instructor resource guide, fact check cards, math facts strategy posters, and digital resources like videos and activity pages/worksheets.

How We Used It

Ray Ray is great at school. He has always been above his age in learning. However, multiplication has hit him. He struggles with this part of math. I don’t want him to struggle, so we added this into our school schedule.

The first thing started with was watching some of the videos and reading through the resource guide. This allowed me to get the idea of how we would be doing this. Since this is student-centered and focuses on mastery, I did not “plan” any lessons. Each day, we just do the next thing or focus on mastery when there is a struggle.

We used this every day with our regular school schedule. We made sure to not exceed 15 minutes of practice at one time. Some days we would watch the video introducing the new concepts or practice the new strategies that were presented. If the strategy was not mastered right away, we would spend more time on it. While there are worksheets to help practice with the digital pack, we also made some of our own, it was not hard to do.

What We Thought Of It

I really like the approach of AIM Multiplication with a Bridge to Division. Ray Ray is a visual, hands-on learner. Flashcards have never been a strong practice tool with him before, so learning his multiplication facts a different way has really helped him.

I love that there are many ways to practice each new strategy. It is nice to have the manipulatives, and they were gradually removed from practice, but I could tell he was still picturing them as we worked without them. Since he really enjoys building with similar blocks is a major thing for him. This really made it a fun way for him to practice math.

Ray Ray only had one complaint, the manipulatives didn’t stack as nicely as his blocks would. I had to remind him these were not for building with! But, honestly, if that was his only complaint about math, that is a huge compliment for Math-U-See!

We have not reached the bridge to division section yet, we have been working on the mastery and enjoying the fun games that are in the appendix. I did check this section out, and I really love the way that it is explained. This will really help Ray Ray when we get to this point and I really look forward to seeing more understanding of math in his future!

If your child is struggling with multiplication facts, loves visual and hands-on learning, I would recommend Accelerated Individualized Mastery Multiplication with a Bridge to Division from Math-U-See. 

If you want to see what other families thought of this program, check that out right here.

Math-U-See Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division Reviews

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Learning About Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day

March’s Online Book Club theme was St. Patrick’s Day. The kids and I had a lot of fun not only reading some good books on St. Patrick’s day, but we learned a little about Ireland as well.

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O’Sullivan Stew

Ok, this book has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s day, and very little to do with stew, but it was a great story! We had fun reading this one. Our imaginations were put to work and we were pleasantly surprised by the end of the book.

I loved how this showed bravery and compassion on the part of Kate O’Sullivan. The girls loved seeing a girl as the lead, not only teaching the town what it meant to be a town but also saving her family!

Cute books with great life lessons.

A Fine St. Patrick’s Day

What a cute little book this was! Two towns competing to be the best-decorated town for St. Patrick’s Day. When a man comes looking for help, one town shuts him down while the other drops everything to help.

This book was not only about St. Patrick’s Day but also a great lesson in what matters most, others around us and helping. We enjoyed talking about this book and the lesson we had learned.

Ireland

Since we homeschool, I love to take every opportunity to find learning opportunities. Well, that is doable with Productive Homeschooling’s Notebooking pages. They had a full unit of notebooking pages for Ireland, and many other countries as well.

With some books from the library and these notebooking pages, we were able to add some geography lessons into our book club this month.

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March Online Book Club – St. Patrick’s Day

When did it become March already? This year is moving fast, and I am looking forward to the warmer weather! But, first, let’s talk about the online book club for this month!

Being March, the topic for the online book club is St. Patrick’s Day. While we do have a few books about St. Patrick’s Day picked out, I also grabbed a few books on Ireland.

I figured, as we learn about St. Patrick’s Day this month, it would be fun to learn about Ireland also. This will help us to add some geography to our lessons without adding in a whole new curriculum.

We have four simple books picked out to read this month for the book club. The first two are fiction books that will help us learn about Ireland as a country. The two fun books we have picked out are O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbot and A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski.

We will be having fun making a stew and using our notebooking pages to help us learn more about this holiday and the country of Ireland. Check back with us at the end of the month to see what we thought of the books and how we had fun with them!

Everyone is welcome to join us in this book club, as long as you keep it family-friendly. Grab some books about St. Patrick’s Day (or Ireland) and have fun with them. Share with us about what you did with them and link up to the linky.

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We look forward to hearing what fun you have this month in our Online Book Club!

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Observant – Five Minute Friday

I am back to do a Five Minute Friday post again! I love these posts, and I love that I am setting aside time to do them again.

This week, the word is Observant. So, here we go, five minutes, no planning, no editing, just writing!

Observant

This is a tough word. There are many other words that could be so much easier for the first time back. 

Over the last year, I have become observant of a lot of things.

I am observant of how my kids are dealing with changes, even though we have homeschooled from the beginning, they are still missing out on things and friends. 

I am observant of my husband and his health. Things have changed, and I need to know what they are and what happened to possibly cause the changes.

I am observant of my time with my family. I want them to know that I am fully present to be with them when they need me the most. 

Finally, I am observant of myself. I have learned that I need to care for myself if I am going to be caring for everyone else. If I am staying up too late, not drinking enough water, or eating crap food, this won’t help me care for everyone else who needs me.

Being observant, in my mind, is making sure that I am quiet and watching. Sometimes asking questions as they come up, but mostly paying attention.

How have you been observant lately?

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Winter – January Online Book Club

How is it really the new year already? It feels like it should still be November or December. But, then again, in Minnesota, we have gotten very little snow so far. This makes it seem earlier in the winter. For this month’s book club, the theme is Winter.

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It makes perfect sense to have winter be the theme for January. With cold temps and snow falling. We have actually also had a lot of fog and hoar frost this month! It makes it feel like we are in Narnia!

This month we are reading a few fun books that are related to the winter theme. I can’t wait to share with you at the end of the month what we thought about them, and how we had fun reading them and bringing them to life!

Voyage of the Frostheart by Jamie Littler

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Blizzard! by Jim Murphy

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz

 

We would love to have you join us in this fun book club adventure! Grab a winter-themed book and let’s share our fun and adventures!

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Celebrations Around the World – December Online Book Club

The month of December is a slow month for school for us. We like to take this time and just let the kids focus on what interests them, a free month for school. However, I did want to have a little focus on Celebrations and I wanted the kids to learn a little more about celebrations that they may not have known about before.

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For this month’s book club book, I picked Celebrations Around the World. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I grabbed this book from the library, because I had never seen it before. I was pleasantly surprised by it and we were able to have a lot of fun learning about different celebrations!

Celebrations Around the World

This cute and colorful book covers many of the popular celebrations from around the world. We were able to read short tidbits about celebrations such as Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. But not only that, we learned about Las Fallas, Midsummer, Bastille Day, Anzac Day, and many more.

The kids had so much fun learning about these celebrations, and want to do some of the celebrations over the next year. While this book gave a good idea of the celebrations, I knew Ray Ray could learn more. I grabbed a few notebooking pages, had him pick two or three new celebrations, and let him get to work doing his own research on them.

I really love being able to use a book with some basic information about new things to allow my children to dive deeper into their own learning of things. This means, they are learning what they want, but still learning how to do the research that they will need in life.

The Best Birthday Cake in the History of Ever!

So, you may have seen my review of this book last week, but I couldn’t write a book post about celebrations without sharing this book! This is a new favorite book of ours. This takes the celebration of Christmas and brings the focus onto Jesus.

My kids loved sharing with our neighbors about the real reason for Christmas by sharing cupcakes…yes, you can share the meaning of Christmas with a simple cupcake! If you want to know how, check out the review right here.

There are a group of bloggers who are sharing with you in this online book club. Make sure you hop over and check them out!

Life on Chickadee Lane
School Days
At Home: Where Life Happens
The Life We Build
Let’s Get Real
Homeschool Coffee Break
Tots and Me
Bossy Homeschool Mom 

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The Best Birthday Cake in the History of Ever! – Book Review

This year has been a year of making new traditions. So many times we can not or should not do what we love to do. I thought this would be a great time to start a new Christmas tradition with the kids, and Little Miss had actually mentioned doing the same thing before I got the email about this cute book.

I was thrilled to review The Best Birthday Cake in the History of Ever! by Jennifer Hill and Mary Walker from Side Door Communications. Check out what we thought of this book!

What Is It

This is a hardcover book with beautiful color illustrations on the pages. Through this book, we are told the story of how this family came up with the idea of a birthday party for Jesus on Christmas Eve.

The story is told in a rhyming way that made it really fun to read. We also have the birthday cake recipe, because this is no ordinary cake. Every ingredient in the cake has a meaning and a purpose. *One note, for those who have children who believe in Santa, this book does not say anything to change their minds. This just brings the focus to Jesus.

Not only do we get the cake recipe, but we also have access to fun activities and free printables to go along with the story.

How We Used It

We sat down as a family and read this book one afternoon. The kids loved the pictures and the story was very intriguing. We loved the meanings behind each and every part of the cake and the party that they threw for Jesus.

After we read the book, we decided that we wanted to make the cake for our friends and neighbors. However, this year we are not doing a party as we would like, we still wanted to spread the message that this book carried.

Instead of making a cake, we did cupcakes (easier to carry and deliver). Also, I did not have the right cake mix or the chocolate chips, so again we improvised and used food coloring to make the white batter red. This kept the message for what we wanted to share.

Instead of making one angel for the cake, we did multiple angels to go on each plate we were delivering. Once everything was ready, we went out and brought the cupcakes to each house. We did not just drop them and go, we told the story behind the meaning of every aspect of the cupcakes.

What We Thought Of It

My kids loved this book. They also fell in love with making the cupcakes and sharing the story about Jesus’ birthday and the meanings of the different aspects of the cupcakes. By doing this activity of sharing what we learned, my kids are beginning their journey as disciples of Jesus. While the houses we went to already know and believe in Jesus, this was a great way for my kids to start talking to others about Jesus.

This will surely become a family tradition that we will do every year. We look forward to doing this again, and the kids actually want to do the sharing with others we didn’t get to with our first batch of Jesus’ birthday cupcakes. We were even told that one of the angels we shared made it to the top of a Christmas tree to remind the family of what we brought to them (and not just the cupcakes!).

If you are looking for a new tradition for this holiday season, I highly recommend grabbing this book and sharing the story of The Best Birthday Cake in the History of Ever!

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The Loneliness Solution – A Book Review

Over the years there has been a lot of development of technology that is meant to “bring us together”. However, with all the ways to “stay connected,” we are seeing more loneliness than ever before and this was before the pandemic of 2020.

I have been given the book The Loneliness Solution: Finding Meaningful Connection in a Disconnected World by Jack Eason to read and review. I really enjoyed reading this book and learned a lot from it.

What Is It

The Loneliness Solution is a paperback book with 180 pages. It is broken down into two parts, The Problem of Loneliness and The Loneliness Solution. Between these two parts are 18 chapters that walk us through the problem and the solution to this new issue.

Each chapter has a main focus, Living Life Alone, The Fight against Loneliness, We Are Family, The Joy of Meeting Needs to name a few. At the end of each chapter, we find a couple of Practical Questions to Consider. These questions make you think about what you have just read. They are a great summary of the main points you should take away from the chapter.

There is also a Put It Into Practice section at the end of each chapter. This section was sometimes tough to get through. The idea of putting what you are learning into practice would sometimes mean stepping out of your comfort zone, but that is also the point!

How I Used It

For this review, I read the whole book right through. However, I do plan to go back and read only one chapter a week. I want to fully spend time on the putting into practice section. I feel to get the most out of this book, that this would be the way to do it.

Spending time reading the chapter, taking time to think and pray over the questions, and spending the week working on putting things into action will be something I look forward to. I did work on some of putting things into action as I was reading because they just really stood out to me as something that needed to be done and done right now.

What I Thought

This is a book that should be in every house across the world right now. We have so many people who are alone or feel alone. It doesn’t matter how many online friends and followers you have, you need real-life friends and fellowship. We need to take the steps suggested in this book to bring us back to a more connected time.

As I am writing this review, I have seen a Facebook post from a friend. She was asking for prayers for another Facebook friend who was thinking of taking their life. She was trying to reach out to this person, but only knew them through Facebook and didn’t have a phone number or any other means to contact them. This is a struggle of our seemingly connected world. We know people online, but do we really have a fellowship with them?

I am very thankful that I have the opportunity to read this book, to work on putting the steps into action, and to get rid of loneliness with those around me. The chapters are easy to read and are full of information. The action steps, even though they will take you out of your comfort zone are very easy to complete, there are no major supplies needed besides yourself and others around you.

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Celebrations – December Book Club

Welcome back to another month of the book club that we are starting. This book club is for anyone, kids, teens, adults, it doesn’t matter! This month our theme is Celebrations. This can mean anything, any holiday, whatever you celebrate!

Celebrations Around the World

I found a cute book at our library called Celebrations Around the World by Katy Halford. I love that this is not just the holidays that we as a family celebrate, but all the holidays that are celebrated around the world!

I do not know what I will do with the kids and this book at this time, but I am sure we will come up with some activities to help us learn and celebrate all the new holidays we will learn about.

I hope you will come back at the end of the month and see what we have learned and how we took this book and made it come alive in our homeschool!

There are other families who will be reading books about celebrations with us this month, check them out right here:

Life on Chickadee Lane
School Days
At Home: Where Life Happens
The Life We Build
Let’s Get Real
Homeschool Coffee Break
Tots and Me
Bossy Homeschool Mom 

Do you want to join? What are some books on celebrations that you will be reading this month with your family, or yourself?

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Give Thank You a Try – November Book Club

I am so excited to share with you a little about our reading for November. If you remember, I shared with you about this new book club at the beginning of the month. I am joining a few other great ladies who are all sharing the books we are reading each month and how we make it fun for our kids, or share our review at the end of the month.

This month, we had some good books picked out, but I wanted to spend some time on something other than Thanksgiving. I found Give Thank You A Try from James Patterson. I love James Patterson books, so I thought this might be a great way to get the kids thinking about being thankful for things, and this book did not disappoint!

Give Thank You A Try is a fun little book full of things that kids are thankful for. They have simple little “thank you” sentences that make up the book. There is no real story, rather just all the things these kids, and families say thank you for.

Saying Thank You

After reading this book, I had my kids think of things they were thankful for. We spent some time thinking about what we could say thank you for. The kids were able to say thank you to our neighbor who gave us cookie dough to make cookies with.

We could say thank you for the food we eat, our family, our church family, and just having a house to stay in. I even found that the kids loved running to the neighbor’s houses and personally telling them thank you for being who they are to us!

Overall, we loved this book as a way to remember how we have so much to say thank you for. Now, I notice them saying thank you for many things they may never have thought to say thank you for before.

I am glad we took the time to find books on thankfulness to read this month! I would love to hear of some of your favorite books on thankfulness, can you share them with me in the comments?

 

Also, make sure to stop and check out what my friends have shared for their books for the month!

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School Days
At Home: Where Life Happens
The Life We Build
Let’s Get Real
Homeschool Coffee Break
Tots and Me
Bossy Homeschool Mom 

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