Learning Those Math Facts

We've spent the majority of the year learning and practicing
the process of addition and now subtraction.
A lot of people say if you just keep playing games, etc, the kiddos will learn their Math Facts.
Then why do we hear upper grade teachers say, "They don't know their facts!"??  Hmmm...
After the process is learned there comes a time when 
you just have to MEMORIZE them.  

Well, we have started working really hard on retaining our addition facts.
Some of my sweeties are doing a great job, others need a little push! 
So...today we made this incentive board.
One little friend has been out this week. We saved him a spot!

The idea came from Made for First Grade's  Gumball Math packet.
I decided to let my kids make their own gumball machines.
(just because I love their sweet art work, and this was a quick one)
They wrote their names on blank labels. Little bit of a glare on this one.

We will add gumballs as they master their facts.
Some of them are still wondering how the gumballs are going to stick...so precious!
I'm looking for a real gumball machine in the meantime! 

We are having a great time with winter activities,
although it sure doesn't feel like winter here!
Next week we start a Polar Animal unit-one of my favorites!

Mrs. Mc  at Buzz, Buzz, Buzz is giving away her two latest packets! They look great!
How about this awesome Lemon Chiffon giveaway at Schoolgirl Style??

Peace and Love,


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!! I'm going to share this with my fellow first grade teachers at my school if you don't mind! Also, thanks for the shout out about my giveaway!

  2. So glad you like it! Please share! The original idea came from Made for First Grade. Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. This is such a sweet idea! I totally agree with you about having to memorize at some point, and I love that you've made it fun.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Just found your blog. Cute stuff! I'm your newest follower!

  5. I am so glad you found my blog, because now I have found yours!! I love your ideas!

    First Grade Magic

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am your newest follower.

    Queen with Class

  7. Hi Laura! Thanks for finding my blog :) I'm YOUR newest follower! I absolutely love the gumball machines - super cute!!


  8. Thank you all for stopping by and following! I appreciate it so much!

  9. Hellooo.. email me and let me know which gift card you'd prefer: Lakeshore or Target!!


    Love the gumball BB btw!!

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  10. Hi Laura,

    Thanks so much for the nice comment and for joining my blog! I absolutely love the Gumball Math Facts Bulletin Board. I would love to see a picture when your cuties have some 'gumballs' in the gumball machines! Thanks for sharing the pictures!


  11. Love your gumball math facts! So cute! I am your newest follower! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  12. So glad you found my blog, because yours is darling. I love it and now am your newest follower. Love the gum ball idea, so doing it, like asap. Thanks for the inspiration.

    First Grade Journal

  13. Such an adorable idea! Great incentive and it lets students see their actual progress! KUDOS! :)