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What's In My Math Tutoring Tub?

School may be out for summer but for many of us, the work might not come to a complete end! How many of you all tutor? I love tutoring over the summer because not only is it a great way to see student progress, it keeps my teacher brain on it's toes! Each summer I put together "tutor tubs." I make sure to create a balance between games, manipulatives and worksheets. Most importantly, I make it specific to each student's needs. I thought I'd share some tips with you on how to assemble an engaging and fun math tutor tub!

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The "tutoring tub" is meant for you to be able to pull materials when doing a tutoring session, but also for your student to pull from to review on the days you may not be there. This is such a great way to establish consistency results! 


The easiest way to engage your students is using fun math games and printables. If you're anything like me, you have more than enough resources you use in the classroom to choose from. However, it's important to choose wisely! I find myself choosing those that are aligned to the CCSS and incorporate the use of math tools and manipulatives.

If you're in the market, I've included a preview of my First Grade CCSS aligned math games and centers. These have many skills embedded in a game format. It also features an accountability piece, as well as the use of math manipulatives. It includes 20 different resources without breaking the bank!

You can find them in my TPT shop here

When assembling them, I choose the skills that fit the needs of the student. Then, I place them in sheet protectors and put them in a binder. This is the perfect way to keep them in one place and ensure they are durable for many uses. Looking for sheet protectors? You can find them here. 

If you're on an ink saving budget, consider printing everything on different bright colored paper. This gives just about any activity a fresh facelift! In the market for a great colored paper buy? Check out this multicolored Astrobrights pack here.  


In addition to games and centers, bringing math to life is so important! Incorporating the use of math tools and models will help develop their mathematical practices. This is definitely my favorite part of my tutoring tubs! I could probably blog for a full 24 hours straight about all of the math tools and models I use in my classroom.  I've compiled a few that are super important and that you may be able to benefit from. 

First of all, Reagan Tunstall is an absolute genius! She is rocking out living her best life doing my absolute dream- creating her own math curriculum. She is super talented and I was thrilled when I stumbled upon her printable math tools- here!

I printed these out on colored Astrobrights cardstock and laminated them for extra durability. The Scotch 3m Laminating Pouches are great with little hands and constant use! 

Being that so many games and printables include the use of dice, I am sure to include an assortment!

Foam dicedouble dice and tens frame dice are my favorite. If you're interested in getting a set for yourself, click on the product name or image above!

These may be old school but rekenreks (math racks) and addition and subtraction flashcards are still very effective. I spent the past two years researching and developing my own ideas about math facts and these flashcards give me all the feels! Love the way they create a context for numbers. 

The list goes on and on, but I feel confident I've shared some math tutoring tub tips and tricks! I hope this makes your prep time and transition into tutoring this summer much smoother. 

What tools do you use? Comment below! 

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