Mastering Mathematics with 21st Century Strategies

Retrieval practice, spaced practice, and interleaved practice are not new. Plenty of cognitive scientists and researchers have endorsed them, based on more than 100 years of research. Even so, these beneficial strategies have not been widely implemented in most elementary school classrooms. Why, then, do we call them 21st Century Strategies? Today, we understand the […]

Worksheet Generator

Worksheet Generator Hi there, Simple Solutions math teachers! Have you checked out the Simple Solutions Worksheet Generator yet? If not, it is definitely worth your time to take a look. Plus, it is included with the purchase of your Simple Solutions math books! The Worksheet Generator can create customized worksheets for review of those troublesome […]

Pumpkin Recipe Math

It’s September 22, and that means fall has officially arrived. The leaves are starting to change, the air is getting crisper, and Friday nights have become high school football nights once again. With all of the great things that we associate with the fall, it is nearly impossible to imagine it without one thing: PUMPKINS! […]

What’s the Buzz About Cicadas?

A cicada craze is taking hold at Simple Solutions! Why?  It happens somewhere almost every year, and this year it’s happening in our home state! Any day now, the 17-year cicadas (Brood V) will most likely be arriving in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. (If you don’t live in any of these states, […]

Mental Math

Mental Math Your little leprechauns will love to work on this mental math activity based on Common Core Standard 3.OA.9.  To achieve mastery, students must be able to identify patterns in sums of basic facts.  Students must also be able to explain mathematical patterns, such as why the sum of two even or two odd […]

Summer Solutions Order Today!

We launched our FIRST EVER web only special!  Use coupon code:  WEB20 to get 20% off all of your Summer Solutions books.  There are a few weeks of summer left, use that time to get your child ready for the upcoming school year.  The code is only good until July 26, 2015 so don’t wait to […]

april showers math

April Showers Math

April The month of April brings a lot of rain to northeast Ohio where the Simple Solutions and Summer Solutions office is located. These rainy days inspired our “April Showers” first-grade math activity. Students can follow along on the attached worksheet while you demonstrate Common Core Standard 1.NBT.3 on the SMART board. This standard compares two-digit numbers based on meanings of the tens and […]

Summer Solutions Kindergarten: Special Edition

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit East Woods School where my daughters, Megan and Emma, attend 4th grade.  I was there as a “visiting professor” to teach the 4th grade students in Mrs. Antes and Mrs. DeLeo’s classes about my career as a workbook author at Bright Ideas Press, LLC. During my […]

Summer

Summer Really is Coming!

Summer may seem far away, but it will be here before you know it. If you haven’t ordered your Summer Solutions books yet, now is the time! Summer Solutions is an easy-to-use, budget friendly way to fight summer learning loss. If you are a teacher or other school representative, call or email us to activate […]

never forget kit

Never Forget Kit

Parents want their children to remember what they’ve learned—especially over the long summer break—and teachers know the only way to do that is by giving kids the opportunity to practice!  Teachers in schools all over the country recommend Summer Solutions because it revisits important math and language arts concepts and provides minutes-a-day of independent practice […]