After 201 days, Josh’s 180 day deployment is complete! (Do you like that military math? đź™‚

We are all LOVING having him home. And he is enjoying being needed :). He has quite a long list of things to do, but our first priority is just being together. XO

Here is a new life skills/motivational reader to spur your students into “Going GREEN.” Grab a copy while it’s free in my TPT store! I’d love it if you’d leave some feedback, too!

For some of our children, like my eight-year-old, multiple-digit multiplication can be quite a challenge. It isn’t the math facts that are a stumbling block, its the structure–the placement of products–that creates a problem. So, after multiple explanations of the WHYs and WHEREs with me watching like a hawk as she worked each problem, I decided we needed a different approach.Â One that appealed to her visual learning style, but didn’t keep her stuck there–always needing the visual cues.

Graphic Multiplication is based on a two-step traditional method approach to multiple-digit multiplication.Â Your students will find all of the products FIRST, and add SECOND. They will also CHECK their own work–immediate feedback to ensure success.

Graphic Multiplication has three stages, or levels of computation independence. You can see the variation between the three stages with these two sample problems.

Once your students have mastered STAGE ONEâ€”the graphic organizers that identify the place value of each number and numberâ€™s location for each stepâ€”they should complete problems on the STAGE TWO graphic organizers that only have the initial prompts. This second set of sheets will test your studentsâ€™ understanding of the organization of multi-digit multiplication problems. Finally, STAGE THREE sheets have no promptsâ€”just a reminder to be cautious about number placement.

These graphic organizers can be used with whatever math program and multiplication problems your students are working on!

As a Sonlight Homeschool family, we read…I mean…READ!Â And we LOVE it! I am thankful for all of my little readers.Â To celebrate May the Fourth, and for the love of all your little padawans, you can download these free bookmarks here.

**May the Fourth Calendar Sheet–includes even/odd; writing the date numerically; season identification; number of days in the month; number of days in schoolâ€”one more/less and ten more/less; written as hundreds, ten and ones; as a place value equation and as money; skip counting by 4s and a simple word problem based on fourths.

**May the Fourth Ten Frames (Use this sheet to help your students count Days in Schoolâ€”1/2 a ten frame (5 days) for each week

**Stormtrooperâ€™s Skip Counting (by 5s and by 10s)

**Chewieâ€™s Countdown (Write the numbers from 24 to 0 in descending order)

**Chewieâ€™s Ten More/Ten Less (Use the spinner to select a number; then write 10 more & 10 less)

**Lukeâ€™s Spin, Write and Subtract (Subtraction within 20)

**Lukeâ€™s Lost Addends (fill in the missing number to make the equation true)

**Lukeâ€™s Locate and Add (choose the two numbers, when added together, equal the number in the middle of the circle)

**Darthâ€™s Double and Take Two (Double the number given; then subtract two from that answer)

**Yodaâ€™s True or False (sort the equations)

**Leiaâ€™s Find the Fraction (Choose the right answer for the fraction represented by the shaded area)

**Leiaâ€™s Equivalents (Circle the fractions in each grouping that are equivalent)

**Leiaâ€™s Lines of Symmetry (Draw the mirror image of the mask shown)

**Hanâ€™s Half-sies (Draw a straight line between the dots to cut the object in half)

**Hanâ€™s Halve it! (Color half of each group of items)

**Hanâ€™s Teaching Clock (base clock with quarter and half hour overlays)

**Hanâ€™s Half Hour Hop (Draw the time on each clockâ€”a half hour more than the time shown on the previous clock)

**Hanâ€™s Time to Travel I (time to the half hour)

**Hanâ€™s Time to Travel II (time to the quarter hour)

**C3POâ€™s Droid Store I (More or Less; Write the Inequality)

**C3POâ€™s Droid Store II (Determine the coins that make the amount of each droid part)

**C3POâ€™s Money Chart (Use with C3POâ€™s Droid Store)

**Padawan Sum Wars Board Game (addition and subtraction within 40, inequalities, adding three numbers, and ten more)

**Swat a Sith Time Gameâ€”30 Star Wars themed time scenario cards (quarter, half and full hour before and after). Your students will SWAT the answer to each time change scenario. Clocks for every quarter hour are included. Blank clocks and editable time scenario cards are also included.

Yep, get out the flyswatter–your kids are going to love swatting that Sith!