Thursday, September 29, 2011

Math Fact Album

Today we have a great math tip from Jenny Bischoff.  Jenny and her husband, Paul, have three kids--Kate (Lower Middle School), Georgia (Primary), and Calvin (Jr. Kindergarten).  This is their sixth year at SLOCA and Jenny is also the Wednesday NOL (Nice Office Lady).

We are in year 6 of our SLOCA journey, and I am finally getting around to making some of those fun extra things that I always wanted to make. Slowly, but I'm getting there. Here is a little booklet I put together for my Primary student to practice her facts as fact families. I had one of those cheap plastic 4x6 photo albums that I was about to throw away, then I decided to make some fact family cards to insert in the photo slots. Each homeschool day she writes out the equations for one fact family with a white board marker, and we work on memorizing that set of 4 facts throughout the day. It's quick and systematic, and I like that she's learning them as families, memorizing 4 facts at once by knowing how those three numbers go together. And yes, it works great in a workbox! :) I was able to get 36 cards in there (that's how many slots there are in the album I have), which is everything from 2+3 to 9+10, except 0s, 1s and doubles. (We have worked on memorizing the doubles separately, so I decided it was okay to leave them out of this book, plus they all fit perfectly that way, so it works for me!) I included some photos so you can see what I did, and I also attached a pdf of the fact family cards that I used, if you're interested in printing them and making your own booklet.

Have fun with those math facts!


photos by Jenny Bischoff

Thanks for the great idea, Jenny!  If you'd like a copy of the pdf, please email  Remember tonight, Rea Berg is leading a parent training covering our literature. You won't want to miss it! Meet at 6:30 in the Lewis Library. Hope to see you there!

1 comment:

Mary Knudson said...

Great idea, Jenny! I love how it works with the box system. I'm sure I'll be making one of these in my near future.