So I was reading my Math-U-See Primer Teacher’s guide that I forgot I had, and thought I’d play around with a few of their ideas. Introducing “Decimal Street”, the MUS way of making the Place Value concept come alive. Satori already “gets” this concept (they make it soo easy!), so I didn’t want to get too elaborate, but maybe it will come in handy for (hopefully) future children. You can use their glossy insert, or you can make your own colorful one! They give dimensions to make your own.

MUS Decimal Street

MUS Decimal Street

This will fold up in a file folder neatly when done. I then copied the numbers they offer in the teacher’s guide on colorful red, blue and green cardstock, and laminated them. Only 9 of each place value will fit in our Red Hundreds Castle, or Blue Tens Townhome, or Green Units Apartment. 🙂 Now, I hope I get more minute’s use out of this then the time it took to make it! These early learning concepts go by so quickly.

I admired a few different versions of Decimal Street other homeschoolers had made, and then found this cool idea for the blocks! This is not our real phone number, but Satori did make our home phone number and this should help her memorize it. 🙂

MUS blocks telephone style

MUS blocks telephone style

Thank you Kellie from Blue House Academy for this idea!

I also learned about the StartWrite software, and promptly downloaded it to print the phone number out. It is an AMAZINGLY cool handwriting software that utilized Handwriting Without Tears fonts, in almost any way imaginable! How cool is that. If you like it, and want to continue using it past the trial (one-time use), then you can purchase a license for $39.95. I think I will invest in that.