Need Any Math?



“What have you been writing, lately?” – has been the query from several in the past few weeks,…and my honest answer has to be, “Lesson plans.”

Homeschooling here,…a little unexpected as we didn’t anticipate homeschooling our little guy until next year. That was kinda the plan with self-publishing my books as I’ve several waiting in the wings and the strategy was to get them out before next summer,…but have you noticed,…life never seems to go by plan.

Change is always in the air,…and usually when you least expect it. Sometimes it is welcome, sometimes not,…but I am very blessed to have a very wise big brother for a mentor, “Change might not be what you want,…but what you need.

My little guy “needed” to begin homeschooling,…and with him it’s always no contest for top priority. The one-on-one instruction has yielded FANTASTIC results,…as our little guy is hitting all of his academic and social goals out of the ball park.

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach them they way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada  

Yes, please!

Let’s get real, the world is not going to stop spinning if I don’t get my books out on their production schedule, and trust me,…I am not lacking for creative outlets. I am pecking at the editing for those books, sketching some ideas for a children’s book, but mostly I am creating targeted educational content for my little guy.

Have you priced educational workbooks, lately?

Forget fiction, perhaps I should dive into penning textbooks,…the price point is mind-boggling! However,…DIY,…is always an option,…and one I love, but the time factor if you make the stuff yourself is lengthy,…that’s why I was wanting to share,…some math. Or rather math worksheets,…that can be used as is,…or laminated for reuse. No laminator? Stick the sheets in a clear plastic paper protector to use with dry erase markers,…although I suspect you already know that tip,…if you are interested in gleaming free work sheets.

Speaking of free,…

“…for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2: 8-10 

Can’t ever take Salvation for granted, especially when we are coming up on the holiday season when the true message of Christmas gets so lost in the glitz and glitter.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3: 16-17 

Exchanging the glory of heaven for a humble stable,…

What a change in life plans.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  – Jeremiah 29:11-13

Maybe you don’t need any math,…today, but I hope you can take away some encouragement,...that you are loved,…you are valued,…your life has worth!

Think not?

Pointing you back to that stable,…the first step toward calvary,…for you,…and for me. It really makes any blip in our life plans come into perspective.

Now the other free stuff.

Please notice these worksheets aren’t ‘cutesy’ by design, as I find the ‘cutesy’ stuff distracts my little guy, but one could always use stickers or stamps galore to individualize these sheets if that’s what motivates your students.

This first (pdf) sheet is a simple number assessment,…we use number cards at random or roll dice to generate the numeral.

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Number Assessment Sheet  

These targeted (pdf) worksheets can be individualized (Addition/Subtraction/Multiplication/Division) according to what is needed. 

Math Lab (10) (20) Grid Worksheets

Plain ol’ Number cards 1-200 (pdf),…’cause my little guy doesn’t get tired of counting!!!

These cards are a labor of love,…it’s not exactly quick to type 1-200 into the application, but here they are they are DONE,…and if these can save another time-pressed teacher a little time, then, “Hurray!”  Tip: I first glued the card sheet to a plain sheet of paper,…let dry so glue won’t gunk my scissors, and then cut out and laminated. The plain sheet of paper makes the laminated cards stiffer, blocks the numeral when face down so zillions of memory games can be played, and the glued sheets makes the laminating process so much easier. 

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1-200 Number Cards


The next PDF is kinda a hodgepodge of worksheets,…

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Shout out to this 100s chart worksheet,…my little guy loves a 100s chart so this was right up his alley! 


The beauty of these next worksheets is that you can use them for so many different applications!

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My little guy likes it a lot when HE gets to pick the numbers to put into his worksheets, and he’s a sport about not just picking the easy stuff!

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Hodgepodge Math Worksheets


Another new day = another chance to make a difference.

God bless!


Green Tomatoes Ripen





Summer is here!

Hot, sunny days, rising humidity, daily thunderstorms, in our southern region anyway, and garden produce awaiting harvesting: fresh corn, butter beans, peas, cucumbers, okra, squash, and of course, tomatoes!

No vegetable gardening for us unfortunately. We’re too busy with our little guy, but there are plenty of farmer’s markets about this time of year, and there are always those beloved family and friends, who do garden and pass along some home grown treats from time to time, none more welcome than tomatoes.

Have you ever grown tomatoes? It’s not hard, but having the proper support with a tomato cage, or trellis is essential. There is  absolutely nothing like a vine ripened tomato, warm from the sun, and ever so fragrant, and the taste! It’s the very essence of summer.

Seriously, have you ever purchased a tomato in December? We’ve all done it, and we’ve all been disappointed in the ever so beautiful, yet ever so flavorless hard rock. Truly there is a time and season for everything!

Did you know the ripening process for tomatoes is built in? No matter if picked or left on the vine, a green tomato will ripen. However, there is a vast difference, and I do mean vast difference, between a tomato that has been picked before its time, and a tomato that is allowed to be vine ripened. Isn’t that right, December tomato?

Do you doubt? Just go to any farmer’s market and check the $$$ price of ‘vine-ripened’ tomatoes. It’s not just the taste, but the texture of vine ripen tomatoes is superior. Only to allow a tomato to ripen upon the vine takes patience.

In our world of instant-everything patience is not a sought after virtue. But one must muster that virtue if they want a vine ripened tomato. These fruits, and tomatoes are botanically classified as fruits, start out so tiny and green have to grow sheltered on the vine until they reach their final size, and that’s also built in. Can’t get a huge beef-steak tomato from a cherry tomato vine. It’s futile to try.

Only thing is that big and green doesn’t equate a mature tomato. You see chemical processes must take place to exchange the chlorophyll, which makes a tomato green, to carotenoids and lycopene, which makes a mature tomato red, if it’s a red tomato variety, that is. This chemical process for ripening is begun by the ethylene gas produced by the tomatoes themselves.

Really? Now isn’t that interesting to think tomatoes should emit the exact hydrocarbon gas needed for their maturing process. No hand wringing over ripening, no hunting down the next and best lycopene making potion, or staring at the ceiling, or stars in the case of tomatoes, fretting, “Will I ripen? Will I ripen? Will I ripen?”

For foodies, the entire point of vine ripen tomatoes is the exquisite taste, sweet, yet with an acidity high note, and that unmistakable flavor! Fresh salsa, anyone? Or how about some freshly made Marinara sauce? Or just a BLT,…toasted bread or no, as you so desire

However for the tomato the entire maturing process is about the reproduction cycle. That’s what the bright red color is for, the juicy flesh, the succulent taste, the gel-filled seed sacs – it’s all about getting those seeds redistributed, with the single-minded goal: producing more fruit.

Have you ever had a single-minded goal? Are you maturing in any area of your life?

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15: 5

As it’s no accident tomatoes should produce the very hydrocarbon gas needed for the maturing process. So are we gifted with gifts that help with our own spiritual maturity “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

Staying plugged into the vine of the LORD is the only way for us to mature and produce fruit to benefit not only our own lives, but the lives of others. “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Maturing on the vine take time and patience, but the fruits are worth waiting for!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23

Until I post again,…may God bless and keep you!

Donuts And Desire


Ever had a desire?

The definition for desire – is a strong wish, a craving. That’s where the donuts come in. Who hasn’t ever seen that blinking Krispy Kreme: HOT NOW neon sign, and had a craving for a donut? Okay, theoretically there are not Krispy Kreme donut franchises around the world, but just about every culinary culture there is has some type of sweet fried bread: churros, beignets, crullers, sonhos, lokma, zeppole, to name a few. Plus go into any Chinese buffet in the USA, and what do you find? Donuts, these crispy treats are universally loved!

But what do you desire?

What are you wishing for in your life? Love, friendship, success, MONEY, or maybe just a vacation, or a new pair of shoes.

Do you feel like your wishes are on hold? That craving unsatisfied? Is the assembly-line empty? Everything is ready,…the oil is hot,…the batter risen,…but there are no donuts coming forth in your life.

Believe it or not, but God wants what is best for you. Often the ‘no’ in our life is the best ‘yes’ we could receive. We just can’t see the big picture. Like children, we often crave was is not best for us. Hello, would any parent let their child eat dozens of donuts in a sitting? That’s a one-way ticket to a belly-ache. Perhaps often what we desire is a one way ticket to a heart-ache.

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4

A happy heart makes the face cheerful,…” – Proverbs 15:13

Life’s not all happiness, there is plenty of struggles and trials, but “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trust in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” – Psalm 28:7

This one is a little more apt for this blog title: “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

Choice food? Like donuts, perhaps?

Do you get the theme here? The LORD is our strength, our shield, as in our protection, like the way we protect our children from unwise desires. Oh how we love them! Oh how we want to give the little darlings the desires of their little hearts – to see those happy little faces, but oh how we have to be wise in our decisions for them. We are their shield, to keep them safe.

The LORD isn’t against our desires, “May He give you the desire of your heart, and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4

Donuts are good! So are desires, the right desires. “Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust the LORD with the desires of your heart. If the conveyer belt of your strongest wishes is empty,…perhaps it’s safety issues,…your safety. We’ve all been there,…and as children grow up and understand our reasoning why a dozen or so donuts in a sitting isn’t a good idea,…so can we mature in Christ,…and in retrospect praise the LORD for all the unfulfilled wishes in our life. God wants only the best for us,…only the best.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11