Mini Office recently updated

Most homeschoolers work in everyday places around the home and so do not have posters and reference charts displayed on walls like conventional public school classrooms.  That is where a Mini Office comes in as a very handy tool!

A Mini Office is essentially a reference file or folder with all a child’s personal  important information right at hand.  This could be reference charts, handwriting charts, number lines, multiplication tables, vocabulary lists, handy facts and any other useful information. It is a handy way of encouraging children to work independently and to provide the necessary assistance without having to put up visual displays.

Recently I updated both the Junior and Senior Mini Offices. I refreshed the layouts, added new pages and corrected a tiny typo. You can find all my Mini Office downloads here.

Here’s what you can find in the 17-page Junior Mini Office  download ~

1. Number Line & Number Chart
2. Ordinal numbers & Fractions
3. Tally or scores, finger counting signs, Shapes, Colours, Directions
4. Number words & Roman Clock and Roman numbers
5. Multiplication Tables
6. Seasons & Months & Days of the Week
7. Days of the week & time of the day
8. Address & Where am I?
9. Weather symbols and Rainbow New!
10. Sight Word Walls
11. Phonic Alphabet New!
12. Phonic Blends New!
13. Family Words
14. Print Handwriting Chart
15. Cursive Handwriting Chart

The Senior Mini Office is a 20-page download which covers a lot of Mathematics.  All the pages have been refreshed, updated or new pages created ~

1. Number Chart
2. Number words New!
3. Multiplication Table
4. Keeping score / Tally, Finger counting, Shapes & Colours
5. Maths Symbols & their meanings & Compass
6. Ordinal numbers & Roman Clock & Roman numerals
7. Telling Time , Clock face, Analogue & Digital Clocks New!
8. Angles & Fractions Updated!
9. Different types of fractions & Converting fractions Updated!
10. Converting Units & Number Systems
11. Percentages – Decimals – Fractions
12. Circles – Definition & Formula
13. 2D Shapes – Description Circumference & Area formula
14. 3D Shapes – Description Volume & Outer Area formula
15. Triangles – Definition & Formula
16. Weather symbols & Wind direction & speed symbol & Celsius/Fahrenheit New!
17. Cursive Handwriting Chart New!

Practical Tip ~ Senior Maths Cheat Sheets

Here’s this week’s practical tip ~

Most highschool Maths students need to have maths formulas, conversion charts, geometry formulas, number systems, order of operations, and other important Maths information at hand.  We called it a mini office, but some think of these pages as “cheat sheets”.

Over the years, instead of making a laminated file folder mini office, I simply place the pages in a page-protector display file.  We keep the file on hand and my high schoolers use it regularly.

Rectangles Rhomboids Parallelograms

My daughter uses her Maths Mini Office regularly for reference while she does her work.  As she learns new Maths themes, I  create new pages for her work.  Her latest geometry studies covers quadrilaterals, rectangles, rhomboids, squares & parallelograms.

A Mini Office is a handy reference – a file folder, laminated for durability , or a simple file with plastic page protectors.  I find that once a student practices enough with a formula or geometric principles, they no longer need the reference page.  It is also an excellent tool for review and revision.  Students who struggle and require remedial work, find reference pages very reassuring.

Have you found ways to help your maths student?  Any topics you wish to see included in a Mini Office reference page?  Please share in the comments below.

Blessings,

Maths Mini Office New Pages

My youngest daughter’s middle school Maths Mini Office needs an upgrade and so I created some new pages to laminate and use in our Maths Mini Office.  These pages include ~

1. Decimal and number value placement chart.  Handy to calculate multiplying and dividing by 10’s, 100’s or 100’s.
2. Compass with bearings.  Handy for Geography and Geometry.
3. X-Y Axis Grid for drawing graphs
4. Positive & Negative Number Line to teach integers.

Here is the download link to the new Free Pages for your Maths Mini Office ~ Decimal Value Chart Compass XY Axis Pos & Neg Number line

Blessings,

Maths Mini Office Updated

My kids have all used their mini offices for years,

mostly for maths, and, I am sad to admit, mostly for multiplication tables!

(I wish their mental maths was much better, but we have all been lazy in this area.  Sigh.)

Anyway, a mini office is a very handy reference that one can personalize for each child’s needs and ages and stages.

I have recently updated both my Junior and the Senior Mini Offices.

The Junior Mini Office contains

1. Number Line & Number Chart
2. Ordinal numbers & Fractions
3. Tally or scores, finger counting signs, shapes, directions
4. Number words & Roman numerals with blank clock face
5. Multiplication Tables
6. Seasons & Months
7. Days of the week & time of the day
8. Address & Where am I?
9. Weather
10. Sight Word Walls
11. Family Words
12. Print Handwriting Chart
13. Cursive Handwriting Chart

The Senior Mini Office has only Maths information or cheat sheets ~

1. Multiplication table
2. Number chart
3. Roman Numerals & Angles
4. Circles
5. 2D Shapes with their circumference and area formula
6. 3D Shapes with their circumference and area and volume formula
7. Triangles
8. Maths symbols & Compass directions and bearings
9. Conversions of time, distance, volumes, mass
10. Order of operations
11. Fractions to decimals & percentages, Recurring decimals to fractions
12. Different types of fractions
13. Base numbers squares & cubes
14. Number systems

Pop over to my Mini Office page & check out my super-duper all-on-one-page Calendar for junior primary!

This is a 1 page-does-it-all-in-one chart, which when all assembled with rotating circles and slide bars instead of fiddly flash cards, pictures, Velcro and all those other bits & bobs, the child simply rotates the circles under the windows and slides the viewer to reveal the relevant pictures and information. Easy as pie!

Handy Tips ~

• Print out only the pages your child needs.  (It is in A4 landscape format.  You can try print 2 pages on 1 page to create a smaller A5 version.)
• Paste onto card stock or a file folder or lapbook.
• My senior children used a plastic display file folder.
• LAMINATE!  It will last for years.
• Use whiteboard markers on your laminated surfaces.
• Keep handy in the child’s maths books, notebook or ring binder.

It is really worth laminating this chart when you make it!

We have used our chart for over 7 years and it is still as good as new!

Blessings,

Maths Mini Office for Middle & Senior Students

A Mini Office is a collection of reference materials your child needs to refer to while they work.

Most mini offices are pasted into the child’s own file folder.

This makes it easy for them to find information or important facts.

Mini Offices replace the wall charts that most classrooms have on display.

My grade 5/6 and grade 9 children refer to math reference pages often.

I created this Maths Mini Office for them.

Included in this Maths Mini Office are~

1. Multiplication Chart
2. Shapes and Counting
3. Roman Numerals and Angles
4. 3D Shapes with formulas for area & volume
5. 2D Shapes with formulas for area & circumference
6. Circles with formulas for area &  circumference
7. Triangles with angles, area & Pythagoras Theory
8. Maths Symbols and Compass Points
9. Fractions, Decimals & Converting Fractions

Multiplication Table

Shapes & counting

Roman Numerals & Angles

3D Shapes ~ Pyramid, Sphere & Cones

Blessings,

Day, Week, Month, Season and Weather Chart with Rotating Circles

A simple, practical idea for junior primary children ~ A Day, Week, Month, Season and Weather Chart

An A4 all-in-1 chart

Here’s the chart I made with rotating circles instead of the little bits and bobs that one sticks on the chart. We used this when we were travelling a lot and I needed a 1 page-does-it-all-in-one type chart. My child just checks the date and places the little yellow circle over the correct number, moves the circles behind the chart to show the correct day of the week, season, weather and temperature, and slides the bar to show the correct month. This chart maybe placed in your child’s file or added to your junior mini office!