I am the proud mom of a beautiful 10 year old little girl. She is my world! I graduated from Texas A&M in 2000 and taught first grade for eleven years,second grade for two years and am now starting my newest adventure in fourth grade!
I am honored to be the 2012 District Elementary Teacher of the Year for Lamar Consolidated ISD.
I was inspired by so many creative teachers and began my blog in 2010 as a way to collaborate, share and give back to an amazing community of teachers!
This week I spent time teaching my little first graders how to count money. Now, as most of you know, this is not as easy as it sounds! They are wonderful at skip counting but seem to struggle when applying it to counting coins. So, I started thinking....they are really, really good at skip counting and have become experts on using a number line to do just about everything....so why not combine what they know to tackle what they are not so sure about! Necessity is the mother of invention....and that's where I got the idea for this money counting mat. The kiddos loved it and so did I! I will be adding this to a mini unit that I am working on but I wanted to share it with you guys. These will need to be printed on legal size paper. Let me know what you think...I love suggestions :)
This one as the number already written for them.
This one is open response so that they can write the numbers themselves.