I realize that by calendar standards, it has TECHNICALLY been fall for a few days, but this is the first day that really FEELS like fall. The kids are settling into their new classroom and routines, their teacher has finally figured out how to act human before 7:00 AM, and Starbucks has Pumpkin Spice lattes again. It's real. It's Fall.
(Sidenote- I feel as if the re-introduction of the Pumpkin Spice Latte may have helped said teacher with the transition back to early mornings... perhaps this is a new marketing strategy for Starbucks? I think so....)
Speaking of early morning routines, I started a new morning routine this year that I am excited to share with you. In the past, I have always done a morning worksheet-type of activity. When I found out about MobyMax this summer, I knew that it would be the perfect tool to try in my classroom.
What is MobyMax, you say?
To get started, students complete a pre-assessment and are then leveled according to their individual needs. Through the pre-assessment, MobyMax determines the gaps or holes in the student's learning and provides lessons and independent practice surrounding that specific skill.
Currently, MobyMax offers the following programs:
- Math Facts
In my classroom, I am utilizing the Math and Language components. Personally, I feel as if I could do a better job with my language instruction, so I love that MobyMax provides my kiddos with that extra coverage.
Getting started with MobyMax is FREE.... yes, FREE! With a free account, you have access to the program and student accounts. The free account is a great way to see if what MobyMax offers is a good fit for you and your students. While the free account is a great tool for teachers, the Pro account is where the real magic happens. With the Pro Account, I have a ton of really great reports regarding student progress. I can see all sorts of great information about my kiddos:
Another piece of the program that I love is the ability to assign lessons. For instance, we are currently working on addition and subtraction within 1000 (3.NBT.2). For my kiddos that need a little extra help, I can go in and assign these specific lessons to be completed... it's just ONE more exposure to the material.
How do I use MobyMax in my classroom?
- Morning Work
- Center Time
- Math Supplementation
In addition to using MobyMax in the classroom, we also use it as a homework piece. Students are required to complete at least 15 minutes each night at home. Here's the great thing- those kiddos that don't have access to the internet at home? I can print off worksheets from within the program that align with their program and are still "MobyMax" assignments.... no one is singled out and no one misses out!
Many of the features are available for free, but the Pro Account is AWESOME. So, I have teamed up with MobyMax to offer one free Pro Account... just register below!