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Learning & Loving It: “I Spy” Math Card Game

Learning & Loving It is a series featuring simple, yet fun educational activities for home learning and virtual, interactive tutoring.

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LRC Learning & Loving It "I Spy" math card activity
 

I Spy

About:

  • Second grade and higher
  • 2 or more players
  • Students will recognize numbers and practice addition
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    Supplies:

    One deck of playing cards
     

    Activity Overview

    In this game, face cards will equal 10. Aces will either be worth one or 11; decide this before you begin play.
     
    Goal: To use addition skills and number sense to recognize the equation that equals a specific number.
     
    1. Deal out all of the cards, face up, in a 13 x 4 array.
    2. Player 1 finds two cards next to each other, vertically or horizontally, to add to make a number. They do not share the two cards, just the number of their sum.
    “I spy two cards with a sum of…”
    3. Player 2 looks for the two cards that equal the sum that Player 1 named.
    4. Player 2 will take those two cards once they find them.
    5. Players will alternate, taking turns.
    6. After many turns, the array can be reformed to continue play.
    7. Players continue until there are no more equations that can be made.
     
    Variation: Play the game with multiplication instead of addition for advanced learners.
    “I spy two cards with a product of…”
     
     
    Check to see the video demonstration.
     
    Click for additional Learning & Loving It activities!
     
     

    Your 2020 Impact on LRC

    Thank you for your impact in 2020!

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    You have been the light of our 2020, and we want to continue to share the impact of your unwavering support.
     
    Because of you, we were able to share triumphs such as these two together:
     
    Together, we were able to raise more than $4,600, reaching 93% of our $5,000 goal, to aid adult students working to earn their GEDs. You did more than donate to a scholarship fund on Giving Tuesday. You gave money and hope directly to students working hard, balancing their jobs and families while earning their GED.
     
    Because of you, LRC was named the Best Learning Center in Central Florida! For the first time since 2017, LRC was voted number one within The Ledger’s annual “Best of Central Florida” people’s choice awards. With more than 238,000 total votes in 170+ categories, we consider it no small feat and know this wouldn’t be possible without our group of loyal supporters.
     
    We appreciate your sincere acts and trust even in the hardest of times. We wish you and your loved ones a safe, joyful holiday season!
     
    The LRC office will close for the holidays on Thursday, December 24-Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1. Weekdays during December 21-31, the office will be open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
     
     
    Related Posts: LRC Director’s Heartfelt Thoughts – December 2020 edition
     
     

    Director’s Thoughts – December 2020

    My Heartfelt Christmas Thank You is for… 


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    Your friendship—joining the Learning Resource Center in its mission to continue as a provider of quality instruction and programs; 
     
    Your Loyalty and Commitment—enhancing the work of this small not-for-profit by cultivating and extending the message that LRC can HELP; and 
     
    Your Generous Support—sharing your time, talents, as well as financial resources to meet the needs of children, adults, and families in our communities: 
     
    – Although we were just short of our goal, Giving Tuesday is affording adults eager to earn their GED the opportunity to participate in critical preparation classes.
     
    – LRC’s sorely depleted scholarship funds have seen donations in the past few days. These funds help those students whose families cannot pay for tutoring help even with the sliding fee scale amount underwritten by United Way funding. 
     
    My favorite Christmas sentiment is… 
     
    “Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” 
     
    My Sincere Christmas Wish (especially this year) is… 
     
    That each of you and your families experience the Hope of Christmas and the Joy of the New Year. 
     
    May you and your family enjoy a lovely and blessed Thankful Season!
     
    LRC Executive Director Pamela Craven signature
     
     
    Read past editions of “Director’s Thoughts”:
    November 2020
    October 2020
    September 2020
     
     

    Learning & Loving It: Give Me Ten Math Card Game

    Learning & Loving It is a series featuring simple, yet fun educational activities for home learning and virtual, interactive tutoring.

    LRC Learning and Loving It
     
    Give me ten math card game
     

    Give Me Ten

    About:

  • First grade and older
  • 2 or more players
  • Students will recognize numbers and practice basic addition
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    Supplies:

    One deck of playing cards

    Activity Overview

    Remove all face cards before playing. Aces are worth one.
     
    Objective: Players will take turns finding and removing combinations of cards that add to 10.
     
    1. Deal 10 cards face up.
    2. From the 10 cards, Player 1 will try to find as many card combinations (using two cards) that will add to 10.
    3. When there are no more combinations left, Player 1 will keep all of the cards used for their equations.
    4. If there is a 10 card, the player will take that card as well.
    5. Replace the cards that were removed so that there are ten cards face up again.
    6. Player 2 will take their turn.
    7. Alternate turns until a player reaches the decided score (1 card=1 point).
     
    The player with the most cards/points wins.
     
    Variation: Find three cards that add up to a target number (such as 20).
     
     
    Check to see the video demonstration.
     
    Click for additional Learning & Loving It activities!
     
     

    Learning & Loving It: Hit the Target Math Card Game

    Learning & Loving It is a series featuring simple, yet fun educational activities for home learning and virtual, interactive tutoring.

    LRC Learning and Loving It
     
    Hit the Target Math Card Game
     

    Hit the Target

    About:

  • Second grade and up
  • 2 or more players
  • Students will recognize numbers and practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and/or division
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    Supplies:

    One deck of playing cards
     

    Activity Overview

    In this game, face cards will equal 10. Aces will either be worth one or 11; decide this before you begin play.
     
    Goal: To use as many of the five cards to equal the target number each round–at least two must be used or the player will lose their turn.
     
    1. Lay out five cards face up.
    2. Flip the next card, which will be the target number card for that round.
    3. Player 1 may add, subtract, multiply or divide using cards from the five to hit the target number.
    4. Player 1 will take all of the cards from their equations plus the target number card.
    5. Replace cards by flipping over five new ones and a new target number card for Player 2.
    6. Player 2 takes their turn.
    7. Players take turns until fewer than six cards remain.
     
    The player with the most cards wins.
     
     
    Check to see the video demonstration.
     
    Click for additional Learning & Loving It activities!
     
     

    LRC Raises Giving Tuesday 2020 Funds for GED Prep

    THANK YOU for making Giving Tuesday a success!


    Thank you for supporting LRC's GED Students on Giving Tuesday
     
    Thank you for your donations, support, and interactions on Giving Tuesday! Our community rallied to raise more than $4,000 to support students who are working hard to earn their GEDs. Wendell Powell, who started the GED program, said, “Each student in this program has a drive within them. They just need a chance to light that fire.” You gave them that chance!
     
    You did more than donate to a scholarship fund. You gave money directly to students who are working hard to balance their jobs and families while they earn their GED.
     
    There are few things as beautiful as watching our community rally around students who are working hard to advance their education. Thank you for supporting them.
     
    Keep an eye out for another update about what you helped achieve on Giving Tuesday. In the meantime, the Learning Resource Center staff will be busy celebrating you and your generosity.
     
    Happy holidays from the LRC team!
     
    If you didn’t have a chance to donate to our GED program, it’s not too late—you can still make a gift! For the rest of December, we’re focused on supporting adult students who are working toward a degree that will open new doors and allow new opportunities.

    Give the gift of education this holiday season; click to donate!

     
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    Support GED Students with LRC on Giving Tuesday 2020
     
     

    Director’s Thoughts – November 2020

    ‘Tis the season to be thankful!


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    Although the LRC Staff and Boards are grateful 24/7 and 365 days for each and every person who shares his or her talents, time, and resources, this holiday season offers the perfect opportunity to say “Thank You” once more. As a nonprofit in a COVID-19 world, this year has been far from easy. This organization has applied for and been blessed with two Relief Fund allocations. With that support, LRC has been able to persevere in serving this community with quality academic instruction—virtually and in person safely—although to far fewer students. Parents who are facing job or food insecurity do not seek out tutoring. Schools having to spend discretionary funds for additional protection and safety are not able to offer supplemental after-school programs. However, you have provided scholarships and funding for many students who would have continued to struggle.
     
    Alexander is one of those students. He had been described as non-verbal and non-social, and school officials predicted that he could not function in a regular classroom. I first met this 5-year-old crawling under a table at Camp READY!, LRC’s award-winning summer program that prepares students for that first day of kindergarten. By the next visit, with the caring expertise of the camp professionals, Alexander was gradually participating, pointing to or touching words when prompted, although still sitting by himself. By the end of the four weeks, he was saying words and forming sentences, listening and engaging with other students—he even asked to be a line leader. He entered kindergarten last fall and zoomed to the top of his class. It was with your support through United Way and LRC fundraising projects that this program was available to Alexander. This is just one of many stories we love to retell about the successes of LRC students. None of which would be possible without YOU!
     
    May you and your family enjoy a lovely and blessed Thankful Season!
     
    LRC Executive Director Pamela Craven signature
     
     
    Read past editions of “Director’s Thoughts”:
    October 2020
    September 2020
     
     

    LRC Named Central Florida’s Best Learning Center of 2020

    We have a Best of the Best 2020 update!
     
    In October, we announced that LRC was named a top 3 Learning Center in Central Florida. It is with great honor, enthusiasm, and gratitude that we share…the Learning Resource Center has been named THE top Learning Center in Central Florida for 2020.
     

     
    This is the first time since 2017 that LRC has won first place. In 2018 and 2019, LRC was a top three finalist.
     
    Your efforts have paid off tremendously, and we continue to thank you for the support you’ve shown not only in this manner but in so many other ways, as well.
     

    About 2020 Best of Central Florida

    The Ledger’s 2020 Best of Central Florida contest granted the public an opportunity to support their local favorites in 170+ categories, ranging from educational to health services (and everything in between), during two installments in August and September. During the first, individuals submitted online nominations in any or all the categories. From there, the nominations were narrowed to the top 5. The second round granted users the chance to vote daily for their favorite of the five in each category. Concluding the second round, The Ledger then recognized the top 3 winners. With more than 238,000 total votes cast throughout the competition, we are both thankful and thrilled to receive the honor of first place in the Best Learning Center/Tutor category!
     
    Thank you for your many nominations and votes lending us this public recognition as Central Florida’s Best Learning Center 2020.
     
     

    You’re invited to LRC’s 2020 ZOOM Job Fair!

    The Learning Resource Center needs YOU!


    LRC Virtual Job Fair November 2020
     
    Do you have a passion for teaching, desire a flexible work schedule, enjoy creative freedom and/or want to make a difference in the life of a student?
     
    If you answered yes to any of these, consider tutoring or teaching with LRC part-time!
     
    Join us for a virtual hiring event on Monday, November 23 or Tuesday, November 24 at 10 a.m. to learn about our available one-to-one or small group opportunities to help students become more successful academically. During the event, we’ll introduce you to our organization by sharing details about who we are and the work we do throughout the community, tell you about our positions, and explain the hiring process.
     
    Our variety of opportunities include virtual or in-person, one-to-one or small group, school hours or afterschool, weekdays or weekends, and year-round or summer.
     
    If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Pam Craven at pamelac@LRCpolk.com or call LRC at 863-688-9477 for your personal ZOOM invitation or to set-up an interview. When registering, please let us know which session you’d like to attend.
     
    For additional information about LRC programs and services, visit LRCpolk.com.
     
     

    Support GED Students with LRC on Giving Tuesday 2020

    Save the date for Giving Tuesday 2020 with LRC
     

    #GivingTuesday

    You know about Black Friday, you know about Cyber Monday—do you know about Giving Tuesday? It’s an international day of giving that was established in 2012, and it’s happening on December 1. We invite you to mark your calendars and participate with us!
     
     

    LRC’s Initiative

    This year, the Learning Resource Center is celebrating the day by raising money for our GED program, which offers one-to-one tutoring and support for students in our community who are studying to attain their GED.
     
     

    Get Involved

    There are tons of ways to get involved! Donate to our GED fund, spread the word about our fundraiser, and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for stories from our GED students about how your support can make a difference in their lives.
     
     
    Can’t wait until the event? Click here to donate and support our adult students now!