A picture book to show our children that Everyone Can Learn Math

Are you looking for a fun way to begin talking about math to your young children? Everyone Can Learn Math is the story of Amy who decides to push through her math anxieties and is the perfect book to instill a growth mindset in our kids.

I came across Alice's book Everyone Can Learn Math on Instagram a few months ago and finally asked if she'd be willing to write a guest post here about her amazing math picture book. 

I remember joking with my first principal about being at a party, someone proudly declaring that he can't do math and others joining in with high-fives. Suddenly everyone is bonding over pretzels and punch and their dislike of numbers. 

Financial Literacy Word Wall

I loved teaching Consumer Math. There's something so empowering about knowing how to work with percentages, how to budget and what all that fancy-sounding financial language means. Teaching teens personal finance was even empowering to me. It made me feel I was giving my students the tools they needed to avoid being taken advantage of financially, which can happen to any of us. In this post I want to show the parts of a new word wall that I made to support a financial literacy curriculum and talk a but about the misconceptions and questions that can arise in a Consumer Math class. All of the pieces seen in the photos below can be found in this financial literacy word wall.

I loved teaching Consumer Math. There's something so empowering about knowing how to work with percentages, how to budget and what all that fancy-sounding financial language means. 


Free posters for the book A Remainder of One

Do you love the book a Remainder of One? I do! It's an awesome book for teaching divisibility rules, repeated addition, multiplication and division with remainders to little ones and get them thinking about number sense right as young children. This set of free pdf posters were made to display while reading A Remainder of One. You can download them free from the link in this post.

Before our daughter was born, I watched a ton of TV. It was always on in the background. In fact, my husband and daughter are on a little father daughter outing right now so I popped on HGTV while writing this post. Old habits die hard!

Finding GCF and LCM with the Upside-down Cake Method

When I first came across the ladder method (ie: the upside-down cake method) for finding greatest common factors and lowest common multiples, I thought it was nothing short of complete genius. In this post, the cake method for finding GCF and LCM is explained. There are also free pdf math word wall references to download for your math classroom.

When I first came across the ladder method (ie: the upside-down cake method) for finding greatest common factors and lowest common multiples, I thought it was nothing short of complete genius. This was pretty recent, too! I love learning new methods for teaching math concepts. 

Prime factoring is super cool and extremely useful in building number sense, but if the goal is to find GCF and especially LCM, this cake method makes the process so much easier. 


Math is for Everyone! Poster

Here is a free math poster celebrating that Math is for Everyone!  This poster adds a big of growth mindset to a math classroom and reminds students that math is for all of us. You can download it from the dropbox link in the post. Each of the people in the circle is helping to hold a sign with a math symbol on it. At the top is a heart, because of course we love math.

"I'm not a math person."

"I just can't do it."

"My family is more full of readers than mathematicians."

"I was never good at math."

Hold up!

We are all math people!