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I like to teach my kids multiplication by making sure the understand grouping.
For example four groups of three will equal twelve total. Once they understand grouping multiplication is easy.
 Sunshine, you are 100% correct! So many teachers and parents rush to teach multiplication, that they blaze through the basic building blocks required to fully understand the concept. Grouping is essential to multiplication skills. We offer many resources that focus on grouping, place value and multiplication skills. Thanks for the insight!

--Sunshine Lopez

I found a great way to teach graphing to Kindergartener's. I start by using Ellison cut outs of boys and girls to have the students create a picture graph. We then use this graph to learn the terms associated with graphs and learn how to interpret a picture graph. In my computer center, I use the program Graph Club. Here the students can create their own graphs with pictures of almost anything or complete graphs already started. It also changes picture graphs to line, bar and circle graphs.
 Cool idea, Angela! It is great that you are introducing graphs at an early age. So many students are not exposed to graphs until much later in the education system. We know your children will be prepared for first grade! Here are a few more resources that are available:

--Angela Haas

After teaching math in summer school this year, I found a simple and great warm-up . . . War Warm-up. Materials needed: a deck of playing cards for each student (Minus the kings and jokers). Aces count as one, jacks are 11, and queends are 12. Each pair of students plays multiplication war by turning over the top card of his/her deck. The person that gives the correct product of the two cards wins the cards. If both students say the answer at the same time, WAR! Each students places three cards face down and the fourth card is turned up. Once again, whoever gives the correct product wins the cards. Some of my students even did three-way war! Great multiplication review.
I love this game idea, Gail! It is refreshing to learn about a idea that doesn't involve pre-made games or resources. Too many parents and teachers get stuck in the rut of thinking that they always have to buy an activity. Of course, we love the business....but that does not mean we want to stop creative thinking!
Jumbo Playing Cards $9.95

--Gail Hamilton

MYDOODLE problem solving conflict
when my little ones are having a problem working things out, I have them sit in the "sharing circle" also called the "sorry circle" depending on the conflict, then they each get a turn talking about why this happened and the others have to listen, then the also get a turn to voice their ideas or opinions, has worked great so far, my uncle has also incorporated it into his corperate life!

For the letter of the week in preschool or kindergarten we focus on a character trait that starts with that letter and talk about it all week long. Like for S week we talked about sharing!

--Melissa Spoelstra

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Hands on connections to the material is a great idea! My kids loved making applesauce after studying about apples. For Halloween, I cut open a pumpkin and let them feel the inside.
You are right on! I am totally a tactile learner. I need to see, smell, touch and generally play with things to best understand them. I know that I am not alone; that is why SchooDoodle sells hundreds of hands on manipulatives for children to work with to help reinforce basic concepts that teachers cover in the classroom.



MYDOODLE Summer Fun!
Summer Fun!
Get your kids to want to work during the summer. I am setting up a system for my 3 kids with the great summer bridge books and once they do 4 days worth of work we are having Science Fridays! We will do family science projects. Great way to get kids excited about staying focused threw the summer.
 So true, Karen! Your children love YOU and want to spend time with YOU. Turning the summer learning experience into family time is a great way to encourage  your children to WANT to learn. Be sure to checkout our brand-spankin' new Summer Bridge books for reading and math. Enjoy your summer!

--Karen Spain

MYDOODLE teaching multiplication
We like to use the School House Rock DVD to learn multiplication. A new DVD came out with all the songs ever produced on it. It's been great.The whole DVD is useful. My 9 year old daughter is now trying to think of ways to save energy because of a song she heard on it!


MYDOODLE Colors All Around Bulletin Board Set
Each day introduce a new segment from the color line on your bulletin board. Invite children to draw objects in their world that are the color, create poems about the color, or cut pictures out of magazines that feature the color. Have fun finding ways to immerse your students in each color lesson. At the end of the unit, bind their work for a handmade classroom color book.
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Colors BB set                Letters                      Trimmer                     Colors workbook

--Kelsey Drew

MYDOODLE Fish Pond Rhymes Lesson Plan
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  Fish Cutout                    Pocket Chart          Rhyming Words Chart            Double Stick Tape


MYDOODLE Preschool Stained Glass Bugs
You can create wonderful "stained glass" bugs using transparancy sheets and a clothes pin. We traced dragonfly wing shapes on the clear sheets, then the kids used permanent (sharpie) colored markers to decorate. They can also color or paint the clothes pin and add googly eyes to the top of the clip. Cut out the wings and clip them in the clothes pin and hang in the windows for some bright, shiny stained glass fun!
 Aweome idea Amy! This is a perfect activity that is both creative and fun. We love the use of the transprancy sheets for a stained glass look...very cool!
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Clothes pins                      Transparancy sheets         Sharpie markers

--Amy Hampson

MYDOODLE Clouds Bulletin Board Idea
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Clouds chart                Weather BB set         Cloud Trimmer             Letters


MYDOODLE Multiplication
I found that learning multiplication was easy to learn when the whole class is involved with the game of "Around the World Multiplication." You get a deck of multiplication cards and one person starts at one desk with the other student sitting at the desk. The teacher holds up a multiplication card and the first student to say the right answer gets to move on to the next desk. If the student standing gets the answer wrong, or the other student answers correctly first, the student standing sits down and the student that was sitting moves on to the next student. The goal is to have one student go to every desk and by the time they have completed that, then they win!
 Cool idea, Whitney! I remember playing a version of Around the World when I was in school. We always incorporated the game Buzz...Start by students going around the room and saying numbers (i.e i, 2, 3, 4...). A specific time table would be the Buzz numbers (i.e 7 and multiples of 7). Every time a sudent arrived at 7, 14, 21, 28, etc. they would say BUZZ! instead of the number. It is more difficult than it sounds!!
Thanks for reminding us of a fabulos game that helps students learn their multiplication tables!!!

--Whitney Wilson

MYDOODLE multiplication fun

Johnny had a math test at school today. It was on multiplication of 9. Johnny looked at the test:
1 x 9 =
Ohhh thats an easy one, the answer is 9
2 x 9 =
3 x 9 =
4 x 9 =
5 x 9 =
6 x 9 =
7 x 9 =
8 x 9 =
9 x 9 =
Johnny didn't know the answers to any of the other questions on his test so he decided to figure out how many he had gotten wrong.

2 x 9 = 1
3 x 9 = 2
4 x 9 = 3
5 x 9 = 4
6 x 9 = 5
7 x 9 = 6
8 x 9 = 7
9 x 9 = 8

Oh boy, Johnny could not believe that he had not been able to answer that many questions so he decided to check his addition from the bottom up so his paper looked like this:

1 x 9 = 9
2 x 9 = 18
3 x 9 = 27
4 x 9 = 36
5 x 9 = 45
6 x 9 = 54
7 x 9 = 63
8 x 9 = 72
9 x 9 = 81

Imagine his suprise when he got an A on the test!!!!!
 Honestly, we don't get it, but that does not mean it isn't a good strategy...there are a lot of great ideas we do not always understand! Johnny's mom also could have bought our Multiplication Flash Cards or our top-selling Multiplication Rap VHS to help him practice his time tables. Thanks for the idea!
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MYDOODLE Spring Bulletin Board Idea
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 Spring cutouts           Spring BB set      Spring Trimmers        Letters