Hello! My name is Samantha Holland. This is my third year in St. Cloud schools and my second year at Madison Elementary. I have been a teacher since 2012. During that time, I have taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade. I was also a professional development leader with an educational software company. I have lots of experience in education!
I'm also a mom, dog-mom, avid knitter, reader and runner. My kids and I are enjoying our new home in Elk River, Minnesota. We recently moved from Bloomington, Minnesota so that we could be closer to our trucking company and farm.
My favorite part about teaching math is the excitement surrounding learning new concepts. At the elementary age, our students are still thrilled to be coming to class and working with their teachers, learning how to be mathematicians and being at school in general.
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Ms. Samantha Holland
Math Games at Home
Patterns with Gummy Bears or any multiple color item (M&Ms, noodles, Legos)
Counting gummy bears are a great math manipulative to use with preschoolers. You can sort, count, or use them with patterns.
Using scrap paper, color a pattern using the colors of the gummy bears, then have your child place them on the pattern you made.
Example 1 is an AB pattern, meaning two colors alternate in the pattern. Example 2 is an ABC pattern, meaning there are three colors in the pattern. Let your child use the gummy bears to create their own patterns for you to figure out!
Tip! Any materials that can be used to create patterns can be used in place of the counting bears.
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Snap Cube Math
Gather 10 items, 5 of one kind (blue, for example) and 5 of another kind (green, for example). Snap cubes work well if you still have them from distance learning last year.
Write a number sentence, have your student create the number sentence with the items. Make sure each addend, or number in the number sentence, is a different item. For example, 3 + 5 =__. Student would use 3 green + 5 blue = to create their number sentence and solve.
When your student is ready, switch to subtraction sentences!
Survey and graph
This is a great way to get your child interacting with their siblings and/or friends and also thinking creatively. Let them come up with a topic such as vehicles, animals, or plants. For example, they can ask their friends to choose their favourite type of vehicle out of a car, bus, train, or truck.
Once they have recorded several answers, ask your child to display their results using blocks or Legos, placing sticky notes or pieces of paper to label each bar. Discuss the results and if they're keen, ask them to 'present' their findings to you.
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Paper Plate Clock
Materials: Paper plate, colored paper, scissors and glue, paper clip
Making a clock is a great way to teach your child how to tell time and demonstrate how math can be used in practical real‑life situations.
To start you'll need a paper plate, colored paper, scissors, and glue. Make a small hole in the center of the paper plate and ask your child to write the appropriate numbers around the clock, starting with the hour first and then the minutes around the inside. They can then cut out the clock hands and fasten them with a paper clip from the center hole.
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