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Multiplication Times table circles pegging activity

I have been trying to think of ways to incorporate fine motor skills into the classroom.  I am hoping that improving hand strength will help with handwriting.

As I am in Year 3 at the moment we are also starting to learn times tables.  So I made these times table wheels.  They are attractive to look at so hopefully the children will want to pick them up.  They are colour coded for each number to match the Montessori beads that I have in the classroom.

Multiplication circles 1 - 12

You could use them to chant the times tables as you turn the disk.

I have used a sharpie to add numbers to pegs (#affiliate) so that the children can peg the the right answer to the sum.

To do this activity I have laminated them with 125 pouches so there is extra rigidity.  I also printed them on card.

It was a great activity at home too as Freya and Seb could both work at their own levels.

I have lots of other free download printables for multiplication and times tables:

Times Table charts

Multiplication circles 1 - 12

Multiplication circles

4 Times Table fidget spinner challenge

8 times table fidget spinner challenge

Multiplication tables - Stage 3 Sum Cards Blank Montessori

Multiplication tables - Stage 3 Montessori

A4 TIMES TABLE CHART Colour coded INCLUDING BLANK

A4 Times table chart including blank

A3 Times table chart including blank

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    5 Minute Ikea Classroom Clock hack – Free Download

    I have updated my teaching time printable to make this simple clock by hacking the Ikea Rusch clock.  If you can’t get to ikea not as you can buy the clock for a little extra on Amazon 🙂  Ikea Rusch clock #affilaite

    Just download my Free Clock printable and cut it out.

    Carefully remove the clock front.  There are three little tabs you need to push in – then the front will come out.  I did the biggest one first.  You do need to be careful not to damage the plastic.

    Carefully remove the hands.

    I used a skewer to carefully make a hole in the middle of my clock printable.  Then glued it in place.

    NB:  Make sure your put it the right way up!  12 needs to cover the ole 12!

    Now carefully place the hands back.  Hour hand first, then minutes, then seconds.

    Finally, place the front back on. Voila!

    I have added the beads round the edge for a more visual approach – see how the printable also has the 5 bead bars to mark the minutes/seconds.

    You could use numicon here as well 🙂

    See all of my FREE teaching time downloads here:

    Ikea RUSCH clock printable

    Telling time printables

    Half past analogue clock (3 part cards)

    Half past digital 24 hour clock (3 part cards)

    Kaboom - Time

    Digital clock cards (O'clock times)

    Analogue clock cards (O'clock times)

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      Classroom editing kit

      In the past year I have been trying to learn about children’s writing and the different processes it involves.

      I have decided that I really want to focus on the task of editing as a separate task so that the mechanics of writing don’t inhibit young writers.

      In the video above you will see I have found some great boxes from Really Useful Boxes.  This is the 0.55l box. If you want to order some they are available on amazon – affiliate link.

      I created a cover to help engage the children.  Inside the box I have made a key to remind the children what they should be looking at.

      Inside the box I am going to include a highlighter pen and a purple pen.  The idea is that they can highlight any errors they find and then use the purple pen to show their corrections.

      Letter Formation card - Cursive

      Letter Formation card

      200 HFW wordbank

      Digraph and Trigraph grapheme card

      Editing kit cover and key

        I have also created some cards that will help with the corrections:

        I am really excited to try this out in the classroom and really hope that it helps inspire my little writers!

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        Dates in the classroom

        I have been setting up my new classroom recently and have moved up into KS2.

        I want to try and encourage my class to be more independent when it comes to writing the date.  I plan to teach them how the shower date is formed and that the numbers represent the day, then the month, e.g. January = 1, then the year, 16 = 2016.

        I have this great clock I got in a Habitat sale but you can find similar on Amazon –  http://amzn.to/2wgZjLw (affiliate).

        Underneath the clock I have used my month and days of the week cards:

        Month Name cards - Southern Hemisphere

        Days of the week cards

        Date cards 1st - 31st

        Seasons label cards

        Season Name cards

        Month Name cards

          Hopefully the children will learn to write their own short and long dates and work more independently 🙂

          Also, living my hessian backed boards and fabric surrounds. A little effort to set up but this will be the second year I use them and they still look like new!!  Get your hessian from Amazon – (affiliate link).

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          DIY Giant Bubbles – 4 simple ingredients – NEW and improved!

          We have updated our bubble mixture and its got even better with 4 simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

          This video shows how big the bubbles can get!

          We have played a game called Pop, blow or shoot!  Great for listening and patience!

          Basically as the bubble floats off you shot Pop Blow or Shoot!

          #

          Seb loves this Distributor nerf gun – less than £10 and an accurate shot.   #affiliate

          Top tips for giant bubbles

          Making the giant bubbles is a skill in itself!

          You need to move quite slowly and then almost snip the bubble off by pulling the sticks together smoothly.  You can see Freya doing this in the picture above.

          GIant Bubbles Recipe

          Ingredients

          Glycerine  2 tbsp (affiliate link)
          Baking powder 1 tbsp  (affiliate link)
          Fairy Liquid 1/2 cup
          Corn Flour 1/2 cup
          HOT (just boiled) water 6 cups

          First, we mixed the dry ingredients with a whisk.

          Then, we mixed in the Glycerine and hot water.

          We found that mixing half the water glycerine mix so that it makes a thick paste with the cornflour and baking powder.  

          Then add the remaining water to make an opaque liquid.

          Finally, we added the fairy liquid – we slowly mixed this so that we didn’t create any bubbles.

          You can use this straight away but we have found that leaving it to rest over night makes it even better!

          DIY Giant bubble wand

          2 Nails
          Dowel or sticks (we used two bits of  willow) about 40cm long
          A weight – you could use a nut – we have used stones with holes or buttons!)
          Natural cord or wool – This is my go to I always have a supply.  Jute String 

          First, put the two nails in the end of your wooden rods.

          Next cut 2 piece of string.  One about 45 cm long, the other about 60cm long.

          Put the ends together and tie on to the nail – I used a clove hitch.

          No thread the weight onto the other end and then put the other ends together.

          Secure with a clove hitch or any knot on the other stick.

          I normally leave the string in the bubble mixture for a minute or two before we start blowing bubbles.

          We have had so much fun – hope you do to!

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          Fidget Spinner Tricky Words challenge

          Freya and Seb have finally caught on to the trend of fidget spinners! #affiliate We found some great ones on Amazon that didn’t break the bank (around £3) and came quickly.

          Seb especially has loved this challenge – he has read his tricky words at least 8 times today!!  I need to make him a harder challenge!

          These printables are so easy to use.  I just printed them and laminated them (so they last longer) and then we were ready to go!

          Set the spinner spinning placing it on the image top right of this printable and the child has to complete the challenge before the spinner stops.  Lots of options:

          How many words can they read?
          How many words can they find (adult calls out word)
          How many words can they write – CORRECTLY?

          I am certain that you will have plenty more great ideas too!

          These are the printables available:

          Phase 2 and 3 tricky words.

          Phase 4 and 5 tricky words.

          Year 3 common exception words (part 1)

          Blank fidget Spinner template – I have also added a blank one so you can choose your own challenges.

          Get a free trial now! #affiliate

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          DIY Egg candler

          We we have 12 runner duck eggs in our incubator at the moment. They have been in for 5 days and I wanted to check their progress. I normally use the titan egg candler Which is fantastic, however we are mid house move so it’s packed away.

          Instead i found this easy DIY version which isn’t as detailed but does a great job.

          I used a toilet roll over the light of my iPhone. You could easily use a high powered torch too!

          As you can see from the picture above the area of shadow shows that the egg is beginning to develop. If there is no development the whole egg will just glow one colour.

          Here is a picture of our incubator. As you can see Freya is very excited about the eggs hatching and is counting down the days.   We bought this incubator second hand but there are lots of others good ones available. Check our incubators on Amazon. #affilate

          I would recommend Getting an incubator with an auto turning feature.

          We got our eggs from eBay – amazing they were delivered through the post!

          British bird photos 2 a page

          British birds (Three part cards)

          Ducks and Wildfowl (Three part cards)

          Chicken (family)

          Chicken (parts of)

          Turkey (Family and collective noun)

          Turkey (parts of)

          Ant Life Cycle

          Penguin (Parts of)

          Birds and their eggs

          We will keep you posted with how the ducklings develop.

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          Multiplication and Times Tables – Fun Montessori Style

          Freya is starting to learn her times tables at school.  I remember hating this as a child and thinking it was pointless!  I now know the importance of it – but still remember my own struggles so I have been trying to make it as fun and easy for Freya as possible.

          I saw this wonderful idea on the blog – The adventures of Adam for getting addition using dice.  Emma has kindly said I can include a modified version for multiplication.

          Penguin Multiplication:

          By putting the dice in the penguin not only added an element of fun – but also contained the dice!!

          Shopping list:

          Penguin Ice cube tray
          Sharpie pens
          12 sided dice

          I have chosen to use some prepared sheets for Freya to record the sums.  Free printable – Multiplication Sum sheets blank.

          I have also made some Multiplication tables for Freya to check her work herself:

          Other Multiplication printables are here:

          http://www.montessorisoul.com/free-downloads/timestables/

          Times Table charts

          Multiplication circles 1 - 12

          Multiplication circles

          4 Times Table fidget spinner challenge

          8 times table fidget spinner challenge

          Multiplication tables - Stage 3 Sum Cards Blank Montessori

          Multiplication tables - Stage 3 Montessori

          A4 TIMES TABLE CHART Colour coded INCLUDING BLANK

          A4 Times table chart including blank

          A3 Times table chart including blank

            Time Table Songs:

            We have quite along car journey at the moment so we have been listening to some times table songs:

            http://www.percyparker.com/

            This is not an affiliate link – this is just something which has really helped!

            We have also found a number of songs which are good on Amazon Music which is free as part of Prime – I don’t know how I would live without Prime!  Get a free trial now! #affiliate

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            DIY Braille feely blocks – Sensory Fun

            I have been meaning to make this activity for ages.  Freya and Seb have really enjoyed it this morning and I was very surprised how well they could actually recognise the letters.

            We have really enjoyed this magical book called ‘The black book of colour’. #affiliate

            We have also enjoyed a book called ‘Mole’s Sunrise’

            Both of these books help to talk about the concept of not being able to see with young children.

            We started talking about braille and I used this resource from the wonderful website Twinkl – Braille Alphabet strip (I am including this as it is a great site – I have no affiliate link with them).

            That gave me the idea to create a Braille block to he Freya and Seb understand what the letters feel like.

            DIY Braille feely blocks

            These really are simple to make – for ease I have included a link to where you can get the supplies on amazon but you can get these in other places – I got my topple tower from poundland.

            Shopping list:

            Wooden Tumbling Stacking
            Pearl stickers
            Sharpies

            For Feely box:

            Craft foam
            O
            ld shoe box

            Instructions:

            Simply write the letters on the blocks with a sharpie.  I have chosen to use the montessori colours for letters and isolated the vowels by using blue.  Then stick the pearl stickers on!  Voila!

            I also made a quick feely box.  I cut out circles from the shoe box.  I then stuck craft foam on the inside with a cross cut out so the hands can fit in but it covers up and gaps for peeking!

            Here you can see Freya’s hand on the inside of the box.

            I then used double sided tape to stick a laminated version of the Twinkl – Braille Alphabet strip to the top so they could use it or refrence.

            The Game

            Place some or all of the braille blocks in the box and then the person feeling has to say which letter it is before pulling it out.

            Variations could be to place blocks that make a word in the box and the child has to lay the blocks out in order before opening the lid!

            I am sure there are so many other ways we will explore and play with this but for now we will say goodbye.

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            Slime Bubbles – UK recipe Borax Free

            We have been playing with Slime for the past two days.  Lots of fun, fine motor and this time we added in straws which the children have been blowing bubbles with!  Its been great for controlling breath.

            We whipped up a batch of Borax Free slime (Recipe available here) and added some straws #affiliate

            We have had so much fun!

             

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