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One negative to growing up on Saxon math: I have helped Laurel build a great fact base, but she's struggling with explaining the concepts.

We're putting her on a growth plan to deal with this gap in her math skills, the only issue she's had with the district-level program. It's understandable since she went from first-grade math last year to third- and fourth-grade math this year. We need to reinforce some basic concepts that become automatic with repetition: remembering to use tally marks when regrouping and quickly identifying in word problems what operation to do and how to do it.

Laurel really likes the Unifix blocks they use at school so I'm seriously considering buying two 100-packs of blocks, an operational grid and blocks marked with place values. The downside is that will cost about $60 new, so I'm sitting on an eBay auction for ~250 gently used blocks and I'll buy the operational grid and place value blocks later. Think good thoughts for my eBay mojo.

In the meanwhile, I'm going to cut up some of the 35 mil azure blue vinyl I scored from American Science & Surplus earlier this month to make simple manipulative tiles to hold her over until the acquisition of Unifix blocks. The vinyl is a great deal for $3.50 -- it's about 40x24", acid resistant and flame retardant. I suggest you buy some.


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Sep. 18th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, do not pay $60 for them.
Ask around, you might find a veteran teacher tossing an old set, also check garage sales, etc.

Thanks for the link to AS&S.
I spent hours just looking through the site and laughing out loud at the descriptions of some of the items.

I want ALL the containers with lids to use in aromatherapy stuff!!! Luckily I live in a shoebox, so I HAVE to be good.

I will have to post the link in my lj and send it to all the teachers and craft-a-holics I know.

And I have always wanted an ant farm!!!
Sep. 20th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
I'm keeping my eyes out for a local used set, but for now I'm waiting to see whether I win an eBay auction for a lot of Unifix blocks.

The AS&S catalog in print is just as hilarious. Their April issue has a fake item in it with a freebie for the first x (~500, I think) customers to spot it and mention it when they order.

I had an art farm once but all the ants escaped. That's why I have cats now.
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