I love learning that is spontaneous and customized exactly for the child. This low-prep rounding activity is a perfect example of a spontaneous moment of learning. I know that it’s not for everyone, but my second grader chooses almost all of her homeschool activities. She often feels anxious and when someone else selects an activity for her, she always worries that she won’t be able to do it right. By offering her choices or directing her by mentioning a subject, she feels much more confident in her learning. This sticky note rounding activity was the result of a day of choices for Jaida.

– Life Over C's rounding with sticky notes low prep math activity

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Materials Needed for Rounding With Sticky Notes Activity:

  • Sticky Notes
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Colored Yarn

Letting my daughter make choices over her own education sounds like a lofty goal, but we’ve simplified it so that I can be sure that she really is hitting the right topics. Just at her own pace.

Every day she has to do the following:

Read (non-fiction and fiction)

Write

Math

Create

She is very motivated by creating things and often ties all of her subjects together based on something that she wants to make.

Today, she decided to do some Valentine’s Day themed activities. I didn’t have anything on hand, so we worked together to create some.

She picked the clip art for a graphing activity (I’ll be sharing that tomorrow), then while she wrote instructions for a craft that she has been making, I made this rounding activity for her.

It’s very simple.

I took a stack of sticky notes and wrote 15 three-digit numbers on them. I attached them to a file folder while I wrote on them to keep the permanent marker from leaking through onto my desk.

– Life Over C's This low-prep rounding activity is easy to customize for any level. Rounding with sticky notes is a fun change from worksheets and printables.

Then, I lined up the numbers along the edge of the desk, made labels for Rounding Up and Rounding Down, and placed some pipe cleaners in the middle of the desk to divide the sides.

– Life Over C's This low-prep rounding activity is easy to customize for any level. Rounding with sticky notes is a fun change from worksheets and printables.

In all it took about 5 minutes, but that was because we were discussing her writing project.

I gave her a quick explanation of what she needed to look for when deciding whether to round up or down.

– Life Over C's This low-prep rounding activity is easy to customize for any level. Rounding with sticky notes is a fun change from worksheets and printables.

“Four and down goes down.”

“Five and up goes up.”

– Life Over C's This low-prep rounding activity is easy to customize for any level. Rounding with sticky notes is a fun change from worksheets and printables.

She loves little sayings like that & I often catch her repeating them to herself when she’s working.

She selected the sticky notes and placed them on the correct sides.

Jaida loved this activity, so I can see us adding more sticky note lessons to our days!

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– Life Over C's rounding with sticky notes low prep math activity

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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