Tedious Teen Numbers

This morning I got up at 4:30 am. No, that is not a normal routine for me (although I wish it was and am trying to be a better morning person). My youngest woke up FIVE times last night. Along with the constant wake ups, my second born was in bed with us and he tosses and turns and flips like a son of a bitch. Needless to say, when I went to crawl into bed at 4:30 after getting the “baby” back to bed and my husband’s alarm started going off I just said, “f*ck it”, and got up for the day.

One nice thing about getting up so early is having that time to myself that I don’t usually get, like, ever. I’m not complaining, I love my kids more than life itself, but with 4 young kids, there is rarely a moment in the day where I am not being touched, holding, or tending to a little one. So 4:30 am coffee and silence and no one touching me is pretty sweet in my book.

This morning I decided to use my time to not only drink coffee and use my BRAND NEW DISHWASHER (holla!), but to make some school stuff for this upcoming week. I don’t know about you, but teen numbers have been a difficult concept for my kids to grasp. They understand the patterns, they can order them, but learning the names and counting them in order is so hard! My kindergartner is struggling with counting and identifying his teen numbers, so I decided to make some practice work for him.

I am not a huge “worksheet” fan. Yes, we do worksheets and occasionally a page or two out of a workbook, but that’s not really my style. However, there is a need for worksheets and practice pages and these teen numbers are one of them. When we do worksheets and the like, I prefer them to be resources for the kids to have and use and not just a piece of paper that I now have sitting on my counter that I can’t throw away (per the kids) but that is not necessary to keep.

Alas, a “teen numbers book” came to be made this morning. I love the idea of a book because the kids can refer to it and use it as reference, plus they LOVE making books and they are motivated to go back and reread it and show it off to their brothers and dad and anyone else who will listen. I don’t want to take credit for this idea. I peruse Pinterest and TpT (teacherspayteachers.com) a lot and gather ideas and then combine them into something that will work for my kids.

Here is what I came up with:


Simple. Efficient. Fun.

Sawyer LOVED using the daubers to count the number out. The number line on top really helped him if he got stuck. The boxes on the bottom gave repeated practice of writing each number. Finally, the base ten blocks within the number helped some early exposure to place value.

If you are interested in using this teen number book, you can get access to it here!

Tedious Teens Book

Be sure to follow me on social media and tag me on instagram (@teachmeimyours) and facebook (Teach Me I’m Yours) with pictures of the book in use! Until next time!


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