Category Archives: Learning

The Benefits of Cross-Curricular Work: reinforcing cultural material with skills practice

Greetings, Friends of Lockhart Learning! It has been a long time since I last blogged. I have been traveling, researching and presenting in many places. But now I’m back and have many new, exciting ideas and projects that I am working on. Lately, one of the things that I have been thinking about a lot…

Join me for my webinar, where we will Divide and Conquer!

Hello, friends of Lockhart Learning! If you are free tomorrow night (Thursday) I hope that you will join me for my AMS webinar, Divide and Conquer!  I will be tracing the division sequence from the simplest whole number division with Golden Beads through fraction and decimal division, highlighting language that that enhances and streamlines children’s…

Got Workshops?

Greetings to friends of Lockhart Learning! I am writing you from Philadelphia, where meetings are underway of teacher trainers.   Tomorrow the AMS conference kicks off and it promises to be the biggest ever!  If you are coming, please know that I am giving a talk tomorrow afternoon from 2-3:30: Using the Visualizing Brain to…

Spotlight on Math Facts Mastery

Greetings to all of our Lockhart Learning friends! It has been a long time since I was in touch, for a really exciting reason.  About a year ago, administrators from a local Montessori school asked me to craft some professional development sessions for their teachers on the subject of math. During these sessions, we discussed…

Faster Downloads with Compressed PDFs

Greetings to all the Friends of Lockhart Learning! The news today is that I recently discovered how to compress files that have lots of photographs in them – files like the free downloads of Divide and Conquer, Streets in Infinity Lessons, Showing Fraction Division as “Invert and Multiply” with Materials, and The Fourth and Fifth Powers of…

Helping Children Symbolize Their Own Sentences (introducing verbals)

Greetings! I hope that you are enjoying this lovely time of the school year, when children have settled into the rhythm of the classroom and are working more and more productively. Today we are releasing a new product designed to enable children to more readily symbolize sentences found in literature, and sentences that children write…

The Fine Art of Solving Story Problems Continues!

Last month, I blogged about acquainting children with story problems in a way that really isolates the difficulties – a key concept in Montessori curriculum design and material making.  In that blog, I talked about introducing the keywords often found in story problems first, as a focused card-sorting activity.  After the children are facile with…

Attending the AMS Conference this Month?

If you are attending the AMS Conference this month in Orlando, please stop by to see me!  I will be giving a talk on Friday entitled, To Infinity and Beyond.  This workshop will discuss how and why we have some children who have worked with the wonderful Montessori materials throughout their academic career and yet…

Turning Words into Numbers

It is testing season!  Do your children know how to turn word problems / applications into equations and then answer the question being asked?  One of my great frustrations has been that there are few if any systems in place to teach children the process of  turning story problems into equations. Children read a story…

Do Numbers Make Sense?

It is my undocumented, unresearched, unvarnished opinion that most people (adults and children) who are math phobic lack a fundamental understanding of place value and number sense; the Hierarchy of Numbers.  In children, it most commonly manifests in one or more areas: math avoidance / uncertainty / fear errors when reading larger numbers inability to…