Spring is a great time of year to plant new seeds in the minds of young mathematicians! This packet offers introduction and practice of three mental math strategies: left-to-right strategy, compensation, and easy subtraction across 00's. The power point leads to giggles and smiles as students are challenged to equate mental math practice to "taking their brains to the gym". It introduces steps that students easily relate to, and they can begin using the strategies almost immediately! I have also included a colorful poem that mixes in a bit of reading fluency and gives kids an excellent reminder of strategy steps. Use it as a poster in your room or it may be stapled into math journals. Worksheets have keys for easy grading and provide good reminders of the steps necessary for success. My students felt like "math magicians" as they mastered these strategies and couldn't wait to get home to try them out on parents! My addition packet will be ready soon so don't forget to check back in to the Nancy Cummings store! Thank you for your feedback!