In my training, I was shown how to do the geometrical form of multiplication (see math album 1 on albums page.) A couple of months ago I had some students who were struggling with division using the Stamp Game. They were not struggling because they didn’t understand it. They just didn’t like using the materials – they thought it slowed them down. Yet, they were unable to do long division purely in the abstract. If these were 2nd graders, I would have simply insisted that they continue with the stamp game. However, these are students brand new to the Montessori setting in 4th grade. So I worked through the Stamp Game with them making sure they understood each step, querying them at the right moments. Once I was sure they understood the logic behind it, I introduced them to the Geometrical Form of Long Division. Maybe this is already out there, but I have not seen it. I created the following lesson using graph paper, green, blue, & red pencils.
Featuring a diverse and sizzling array of home-grown Louisiana musicians, the music lineup for the fourteenth annual 2017 Voice of the Wetlands Festival , to be held in Houma, Louisiana October 13,14 and 15 has been announced. The festival, selected ‘Best Festival Outside New Orleans 2016’ by Offbeat Magazine, is produced by the non-profit Voice of the Wetlands, founded by Houma blues and roots musician Tab Benoit to bring awareness to the cultural and economic challenges faced by the physical loss of the Louisiana coastal wetlands. Besides the music, the Festival has become noted for it’s outstanding traditional Louisiana cuisine, Art Market, and family friendly, relaxed atmosphere. 2017 marks the third year the festival is being held at the Ponderosa, a cattle farm turned festival venue for one weekend a year through the generosity of the Rouse family, of supermarket note. Festival-goers can camp on-site, with both tent and RV spaces available, and can expect three nights and two days of non-stop music on two stages, and late-night ‘Wetlands Ramble’ jams at the Red Dog Saloon stage. For the music line-up, and information about exhibiting and camping, please visit the website at .