Anniversary and Math Stretches

Just a quick post for me today because today is my and hubby’s 27th wedding anniversary and we are going out to supper this evening and I need to spiffy up a bit (flip flops and cut off sweats won’t get it I’m afraid).

This week I have been thinking about the book study I have been following about GuidedMath, and good ol Mr. Common Core.
I have been reading what the other blogs have been posting as I have been reading along. I have already learned so MUCH! I just love it when others share their thoughts and feelings on books and curriculum. It makes me feel comforted to know there are others out there who have the same thoughts, feelings, and questions that I do.
Tania at MySecond sense is talking about chapter three this week. She has some great insight and ideas you should pop over to see what she suggests.
I have to admit I am Horrible at morning meetings/math meetings. The whole calendar time just seems to eat up my morning and honestly I only have about half the class focused about half the time.
Through the years I have tried it all and switched it up many times; smartboard, calendar journals, teacher led, student led, number of the day, graph of the day, and many other ways and means to “get math in.”
One thing I always have done and will continue to keep is Math journals. This is where I think I see the most growth and understanding. One thing that Tania suggested from Guided Math is “math stretches.” I like this name and the idea of streeeetccchhhhing our minds and comfort zones.
To add to this I will be implementing something I learned from the CC workshop the other day. 
My ears perked up when I heard the presenter say: “what’s wrong with giving the kids the answers?” 
So for our ‘Math Stretches” in our math journals I will be giving the kiddos the answers.

Here is an example of what I mean, and here is where you can find your free sample. It will take some modeling and whole group/guided group practice in the beginning, but it should be a wonderful assessment tool, and starting point for new lessons.    
Hmmmm I think I said this was going to be a short post... should have known I’m NEVER short!
********************** Farley*********************************
Have you seen the super cool homework boxes on the classroom DIY site? They were made by FRedia from Frogs in First Grade. (she is blogging about Guided Math too!) They are SUPER cute! Check them out you’ll be glad you did! I’m going to make one for each of my kiddos this coming year!   



  1. Happy Anniversary and thank you so much for the shout out!!! You have a darling blog. I love your and the answer is... page. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Love this way to extend their word problem strategies.

    Yearn to Learn Blog

  3. Happy and Blessed Anniversary Tammy!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  5. Wow, everytime I read a blog, I find another book I need to read! lol I, like you, have not always had a calendar time or a morning meeting. Our district has adopted Great Expectations and they highly recommend morning meetings. This next year, I am redoing my library, instead of being a library, it will be more of a reading area. I will still have lots of books, but they wont be confined to that one space. I'm hoping by doing that, I'll get double duty from that area and use it for morning meeting also.

    Hope you had a Happy Anniversary!

    KellyI'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher @