Introducing New Concepts Through GamesI find it easy to fall into a teacher’s role even though I am not a teacher by trade. In fact, daughter once told me reproachfully, Don’t teach me, Mama. Play with me! She resists anything that looks like a test to her – in fact, she even deliberately gives wrong answers sometimes and watches for my reaction hoping that I will “give up”. She is a lot more receptive when I suggest a game to her, especially if this is a game that doesn’t require her to do any writing or drawing.
One Hundred Board for Preschool?I understand that introducing 100 board at the age of 3 and a half might look really early to some, but Smarty was always an early learner, and she already recognized two digit numbers and was able to count to 100. However, my earlier attempts to get her to count on from a certain number to another number using a hundred board were not successful even though we spent some time looking at it. Or, rather, Smarty was ignoring me while I tried enthusiastically to explain 100 board patterns.
How to Play Race to 100 ?
1. Download a set of action cards from Teach Mama and print them (I also modified a few of them a little bit).
2. Each player rolls a dice, pulls an action card, reads an action on the card (my daughter could read them on her own) and repeats the action as many times as the roll of the dice indicates.
3. A player moves a game piece on a hundred board, and reads a new number out.
4. The first player who reaches 100 wins.
Despite being in a cranky mood, Smarty really got into this and was giggling happily when she got “flap your wings” and “wiggle” cards. Suddenly a “boring” 100 board was not so boring any longer, and she called out the numbers without any effort and any “pretend mistakes”, since she didn’t think about this step as a focus of this game.
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