Using Board Games for Math Skills


Math can become tedious at times with memorizing facts and completing rows of computation. How about getting out some board games to reinforce concepts?

Farkle is a game similar to Yahtzee where you roll dice and need certain dice combinations in order to win the game. For instance, you need  a combination of dice to get three of a kind or a small straight  (1, 2, 3, 4). But, unlike Yahtzee, you have to be careful or you will Farkle! This fun game teaches addition, subtraction, and critical thinking. Here is a  Free Resource from Teachers Pay Teachers that is a worksheet to keep track of your score. Do you have extra dice from other games? You can make this game yourself by using or purchasing 6 dice instead of acquiring the commercial version. Here are two more FREE worksheets to use that teach regrouping. CLICK HERE

Monopoly or Monoply Jr.  is a multi-grade level game with teaching children to count money, add, subtract, strategize, learn about monopolies, and economics as well as decision making. Teachers Pay Teachers has a list of free and inexpensive worksheets  to purchase if you are interested. CLICK HERE

Go Ape is similar to Go Fish, but instead of “asking”, you must pantomime what is on the card. This game is great for those that can’t sit still and for those who have  language deficits, not to mention how fun it is! Skills that can be reinforced by playing this game are matching and decision making. Acting and movement are part of the game too!

Uno is a classic game where you must match colors and/or numbers. This is a multi-grade game where older children can play this game with younger children. You can purchase the classic game or you can buy various versions such as Uno Attack.

Thanksgiving scriptures for copywork

Ddi you know that handwriting is a beneficial activity for not only small motor skills, but also your brain? Of curse, you can incorporate copywork into your language arts program as well.

Copywork and Dictation Have students copy the scripture passage during the week and/or dictate the passages. If you have younger students have fill-in-the-blanks for them and a word bank at the bottom of the page. I found a Thanksgiving themed page for your student(s) to use. Thanksgiving

You can have your children create their own border using crayons or markers, extending this activity into an art project. :) You could also glue the scriptures onto construction paper and use them as decorations or hand out as gifts to family at your Thanksgiving celebration. Without further ado, here are the scriptures to copy…

“[Let Us Sing Songs of Praise] Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” Psalm 95:1-2 ESV

8 Oh, give thanks to the LORD!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!

9 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works! I Chronicles 17:8-9

1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
2 To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night,
3 On an instrument of ten strings,
On the lute,
And on the harp,
With harmonious sound. Psalm 92:1-3


Veteran’s Day


This week we celebrate Veteran’s Day! This is the day in which we honor all of those men and women who have served our country. I am thankful to live here where we have freedom of speech and religion, the right to assemble and the right to bear arms. So many people around the word do not have such freedoms.

Here are some facts about Veterans Day:

  • Veterans’ Day is always observed on November 11.
  • On Veterans’ Day, Americans honor all living military veterans, including the many working moms who are veterans of military service.
  • Veterans’ Day is celebrated with speeches and parades across the U.S.
  • The holiday began as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.
  • In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance.
  • In 1938, Nov. 11 became a national holiday.
  • In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name to Veterans’ Day in order to honor veterans of all American wars.
  • On November 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier killed in the war was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. It is called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. An official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans’ Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Usually the president, or another high-ranking government official, lays the wreath on the grave.
  • Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th. In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
  • Veterans’ Day should not be confused with Memorial Day. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.”

Freebies for Veterans Day Teachers Pay Teachers has some great resources for your student. Coloring sheets, reading comprehension passages, copy work, and letter writing  are just a few of the activities that you can do with your pupil today.

Are you looking for a crossword puzzle or a word search for your 2nd grader? Check out this link: click here

Here is a poem for memorization, recitation, and/or copywork. Click Here

Operation Gratitude provides opportunities to bless a veteran by writing to them. It can also count as language arts as you show/ review with your student how to write a letter. CLICK HERE 

Happy Veterans Day!


Online Math Games

slide-rule-317764_640Are you looking for some online math games to keep your child’s skills sharp? I found some websites that I think will do just that!

Fun Brain has a variety of games for your children.  Fun, interactive graphics and cool sound effects will keep your student engaged throughout these arcade-style games.

PBS KIDS  has games for younger students that include famous characters such as Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Sesame Street.

Math Playground has games for students of all grades. It’s nice to find a website that is for elementary as well as junior high students. There are games for categories such addition, subtraction, money, pre-algebra, percents,and even geometry!

With Math Games, you can sort games according to grade level and/or concept. This is a nice feature to have if you need it.

With so many math games to choose from, you could have a math review every day! How about rewarding your scholar by letting them pick a few to play when they finish their work?

Mess-free Art Activities


Art seems to be the one activity that gets put off because it can be so messy! I share those sentiments, but perhaps I can provide you with some ways to have your child(ren) do art without causing a huge mess.

Paint squish bags- Put in a sandwich bag two different colors of paint. Close and seal with masking tape. Allow your child to squish it and mix the colors. Little ones love this activity!

Pringles Can Painter- Line an empty Pringles can with a piece of white paper. Put paint on a golf ball and the put it into the can. Roll the can around several times. Take out the ball and wipe off the excess paint. Add another color to the golf ball and repeat the process. Take out the paper and enjoy the design that has been created.

Stamp Art- Stamps can be fun to use and will not be messy if you put the stamps and paper inside a tray.

Pipe Cleaners make great 3-D pictures or models. Your child can make their design and then either glue them on to construction paper or stand them upright to make a free standing model.