Saturday, February 28, 2015

My Kids Won't STOP TALKING and an Enchanting Math Resource that STICKS!

OH MY WORD!  Do you ever get that 1 or 2 or 3 kids that just always have something to say and they have something to say ALL THE TIME! I mean ALL  THE   TIME!
These table tents are highly effective because children become aware of their talking and the table tents are a visual reminder for them.  I think it is also highly effective because it is like a game to them.   They know they don't want one but when they get one they don't want more.  Once they get 2 they know with 3 there is a consequence. If they get 3 - they want you take one off their desk.  It has worked for me in Kinder and and I am certain it would work all the way up the grades.  

Have you come across Arithmetic Village?    I had seen and heard of Linus Minus and went searching for resources for it.  I finally came across this:
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I cannot tell you the last time I just fell in love with a teaching resource.  Connecting the literature piece with subtraction and addition has just been amazing!  These books are enchanting and charming and bring back the imagination to learning.  The stories help the concepts stick.  I mean, I have kinders using these ($4.99 from Party City)

to write Linus Minus stories in written form and in number sentences.   They are just as enchanted as I am.  So that's not all.  This lady is amazing and generous.  You are going to have to explore her site to find all the amazing free downloads she has. Here are just a few things you can access from her site:
Free downloadable activity books, math work mats with the characters, projectable books, ones, tens and hundreds, she has a facebook page, Pinterest page, and she has a TpT store.  My only questions is - WHY THE HECK HAVEN'T I RAN INTO HER SITE BEFORE??????    That's why I am blogging about it.  I mean, I blog stalk, I go on Pinterest, TPT, etc.  but I never saw these before?  

These are the best ever (shouldn't I be telling you about my math centers unit)?  I want to but these books and resources are the best. The ideas and activities she has are plentiful, open ended, fun, and engaging.  I have not been this excited about a resource in a very long time! Addition, Subtraction, and she even has multiplication and division.   So here is what I am going to do.  

I am going to leave you a link to the downloadable NO Talking Table Tents HERE:

A Link to my Blog HERE if you want to follow me to catch updates on how the Table tents and the Arithmetic Village activities are being used in my class (I will post pictures next week).

I am going to leave you a link to Kimberly's web-site and blog to explore  her stuff HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.

Have a great Weekend!
Warm Regards,
Tonya Leslie


  1. I'm thinking these talking tents would work in high school! Or at least that's my plan for my freshmen! Thanks!