Heart Flashcards

At the beginning of the year, I wanted to make triangle flashcards for Rebekah.
I just used index cards, my paper cutter and a Sharpie.
Simple, easy, kinda ugly.
But, they worked.
Introducing math facts in this form shows the relationship between the numbers.
You can make two addition facts and two subtraction facts.
I introduce addition using the algebraic term “Commutative Property.”
Remember a+b=b+a from 9th grade Algebra class?
It doesn’t matter what order you add the numbers in addition,
the answer is the same.
If they remember the term, you’re eight years ahead. 
If they don’t, no biggie.
They can say the facts out loud, or write them down.
You can hold the cards up, covering one corner and ask them to fill in the missing number.
You can have them sort through all the cards and find all the other cards in the 9’s Family –
5+4, 7+2, 9+0, 1+8
Then, the inspiration bug bit me.
I love hearts.
They’re like a triangle.
I think children learn better when color and touching are involved.
I like to cut and paste.
That was my major, didja’ know?
The larger heart is aobut 1 3/4 inches across.
The smaller one is 1 inch across.
I poked a hole through the hearts, pushed in a heart brad.
Used my sharpie to fill in the numbers.
You don’t see the answer….
…now you do.
You can write neater.
I have had to give up my perfectionist ways for reality.
If I am a perfectionist, they won’t get done.
Then we can’t use them.
Then Beka ain’t gunna get smarter.
Beka at the IKEA easle writing four math facts for the flashcard.
I found an adorable heart tin at the thrift store for $.99.
Life is good.
I wish I could promise you that she LOVES to use them,
but I am always real and honest.
They are prettier,
they are funner, (it’s a word today)
and I had a blast making them.
She doesn’t love using them,
 because she doesn’t love math.
But, I’m doing what I can to make the journey more pleasant.
Maybe, with a few more bites from the inspiration bug,
she may learn to love math.
It’s a goal I am shooting for.

Until then, I’m happy trying to find ways to
cut and paste those facts into her brain.

Any ideas for improving? 
For other skills you can teach with the hearts?
I’d love to hear your ideas.

(For other inspirational ideas from homeschooling mommies,
pop over to the blog carnival at Preschool Corner.)


7 thoughts on “Heart Flashcards

  1. 5intow

    I love the idea of a triangle and incorporating both the addition and the subtraction fact simultaneously. And, of course the hearts are perfect right now.Thank you so much for sharing this.~Erin

  2. 5intow

    Comments were being goofy on your other blog, so I am leaving this here as well, hope it's not too out of place (and that you haven't already gotten three copies of this):Continuing to pray for you. It must be incredibly frustrating to have to trust your physical life with people that don't seem to have it together. Grateful that God could reveal a new glimmer of your relationship with Him through the experience though.Praying for healing, for those lumps to stop growing, and for wise and caring treatment in the future. And, praying for your perseverance through this no iodine diet. I cannot imagine how difficult that must be. Praying!~Erin

  3. Kimmie

    Mindy you are so very creative. I love your cards and isn't God wonderful to give you that perfect sized tin to store them in.xoxoKimmiemama to 7one homemade and 6 adopted


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