Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Race to 100 from Afterschool for Smarty Pants  This post was refreshed on February 7, 2014 with new graphics, text and links.

Introducing New Concepts Through Games

I 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 ?

Race to 100 Setup 
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.


Race Outside
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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MaryAnne said...

This sounds like a great game! Numbers are one thing Emma really struggles with; we are still working on counting past ten consistently...

MommyWise said...

Thanks for the links and the ideas! The hundred board is one of Aidan's favorite math tool.

Joyful Learner said...

I love the combo of action and numbers! Great for kinesthetic learners! Thanks for linking up!

Ticia said...

What a great combination of actvities. My attempts at race to 100 the kids lost interest before we got there.

Christy said...

Fantastic! We have been looking for some fun numbers ideas and we have those cool new dice from Dollar Tree - you may have been away when I posted about them, but this is perfect. Thanks.

The girl who painted trees said...

I love the kinesthetic aspect to the game.

Alissa said...

I was a kid who hated anything maths related and I still am :) Great way of combining something she enjoys doing with something she obviously enojoys a little less :) From Alissa@ Excuse Me Mrs.C!

Debbie said...

I love this idea! We will have to incorporate something like this here in our home.

Julie said...

Great idea! M is still working on recognizing the first 10 numbers so I may make a board with just 1-10 and try this out. She'd love the action items!

ABC and 123: A Learning Cooperative said...

Checking for understanding and mastery is so important, we're glad you found a good tool to help you with that!