Throwback Thursday

I am linking up with Hope from 2nd Grade Shenanigans for Throwback Thursday.  I am sharing a popular post about Math Apps I like to use in my classroom.


I recently posted about some of the literacy apps I use in my kindergarten classroom.  If you are interested in reading that, please click {here}.  After that post, I had some people ask about the math apps that I use.  I am here to tell you all about it today!

The apps I am showing you today are all free.  Some have the option to purchase the full version, but for now I am just using the free version. 

Just as I do with my literacy centers, one of my math centers is the iPad center.  I choose which app the students are doing at that time, but on Fridays for Free Choice Centers the students have the opportunity to use any app on the iPad they wish. 

These are my two favorite math apps of the moment:

Animal Math

The three free activities included in this app are math activities with counting, sequencing & patterns, and addition to 5.

When students get on the app, this is what they will see:

They will choose which animal to “play”
Bessie (cow) – Counting to 10
Ralphie (cat) – Sequences & Patterns
Albert (zebra) – Addition to 5

For each game, the students will answer a series of questions.  If they choose a wrong answer then that answer will disappear and the student will choose another answer.  If they answer correctly (no matter if they have previously answered incorrectly), the app cheers for them.  I really like this because no matter the student’s ability, they can feel successful because the app is cheering for them. 

Here are a couple screenshots from the app:
(there is quite a variety of questions so I just included a small sample)

Counting to 10

Sequences & Patterns

Addition to 5

I have been using the addition to 5 section as that is what we are working on in math right now.  My students are seriously loving this app.  I think your students will enjoy it as well. 

Turbo Math

This app has a lot to choose from.  When the students get on the app, they will need to choose their name and then pick a lesson to do.  I like using this app to differentiate so I choose which "game" I want the students to play.  

You can choose from the following categories:  Counting I, Counting II, Number Sense, Addition, Subtraction, and Time, Money, & Geometry.  (The categories are on the left hand side)

Within each category there are many different skills.  Each skill has its own "game".  For example, in the addition category, there are 20 different skills starting with addition of 1 and ending with adding 3 single digit numbers - up to 10.  (Skills are on the right hand side)

As I stated earlier, we are starting addition so I had most of my students focus on that portion of the app.  Here is what the students will see:

They need to slide the number to the sea animals.  For this example, you slide the number 7 up to the seahorses.  

Here is an example from the number sense category:

Here is an example from the subtraction games:

Example from the geometry category:

I really feel that the Turbo Math is a great choice for differentiating with your class.  There are so many FREE activities that you can choose from and many different skills being covered.  My students LOVE this app and I am sure your students will too.

Do you have a favorite math app that your primary students use?  Tell me all about it in the comments!  I am always looking for new apps in my classroom.  :)


Kindergarten Graduation Invitation

School has been out for a week now and I am finally getting around to sharing with you all about our kindergarten graduation.  (I have been really busy with my graduate courses)

About a month before our graduation, I was poking around on the Treat Greeting Cards website because I wanted to create a special invitation that my students' parents would LOVE!  This kindergarten graduation is a special time and something I know the parents will never forget.  The invitation had to be just as special.

This is what I came up with:

 On the front of the card, I put a picture of our whole graduating class. 

This was the inside of the card.  I left the space under the "Love," blank so that the students could personally write their name on the card for their parent.  It was a great personal touch.

The parents really liked these cards and I know as a parent it is something I would put in my own child's "treasure box".  (You know....that box that you put all the important things in)

I will back next week to tell you all about what we did for our graduation, but for now I am off to pack for our quick little getaway this weekend.  If you want to follow along with my adventures, then you will want to follow me on instagram by clicking here or clicking on the camera at the top of the page.  


June Currently and Winner

It is officially summer vacation!  I am beyond thrilled.  I love sleeping in, spending time with my kiddos, and enjoying the sun outside.

Once again, I am a little late to the party, but I am linking up with the ever fabulous and hilarious Farley for this month's Currently!

Listening:  As I said it's first day of summer vacation.  My kids are still sleeping and I am sitting on the couch with my laptop enjoying my coffee and listening to the birds outside chirping.  It's the best!

Loving:  Summer!!!  Need I say more??

Thinking:  I know this shouldn't be on my mind, but it is.  I am taking two grad classes this summer.  I am hoping to still get some relaxation in, but I need to get started on my first assignments for my classes.

Wanting:  I love that my kids and I get to spend so much time together just us during the summer.  We always make a summer fun list with all the things we want to do over the summer.  We try to complete as many of them as possible.  We usually complete them all or most of the all.  I can't wait to get started on our list today!

Needing:  Now that I am done teaching for the summer I will be doing most of the cooking at our house.  Usually that is my hubby's job because he is better at it than I.  :)  Anyone have some great EASY recipes they would love to share?  I would love it!

Sumer Bucket List:
1.  I can't wait to get back here for ten days of relaxation!

2.  We love to spend time outside and I plan on doing that as much as possible.  Even if it means taking my laptop out on the deck to work on assignments for grad school.

3.  I have been participating in #3weeksnocheats and have done great about my eating.  I have even lost almost 5 pounds in two weeks, but I really need to get back to working out consistently.  Hoping to find my groove this week and get back in that habit.

And now for the winner of my Rhyme to Read app........congrats goes to Kimberly Chaiken!  Kimberly, check your email!  :)

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to link up with Farley so we can read all about your currently!