It’s been a while since I contributed to Math Links at Joyful Learner. It doesn’t mean that we are not doing math any longer, but I tried to move away from having “math lessons” and to focus more on just math fun for my daughter. Of course it means games. This is a “Carrot Race” game designed by my husband. It has elements of early strategy, since the players can choose to move the board in various direction following the branching path (even backward) to collect as many carrots on the way as possible. There are also “action fields” where the roll of the dice defines the result, so there is still an element of luck. She really enjoys this game. She was also very interested in Connect 4 this week. We tried it earlier, and she was not at all interested after losing once. Now she is really trying to figure out how to win :)
I also copied a few pages out of Math Discoveries with Pattern Blocks book to see if it would reignite Anna’s interest in pattern blocks. It did… to a degree. I think she found all the activities a bit too easy and only wanted to do a couple of pages. However, she treats us to the “picture of the day” on the fridge that she makes by rearranging the same set of pattern blocks. She picked an initial set randomly, but now she treats it almost as a tangram set and doesn’t want to add or remove any pieces.
The only workbook that is favored by my daughter is Can You Find Me? I bought it about 6 months ago, put it on my shelf and now she asks to do it almost every day. I think she likes it because it doesn’t require writing, just comprehending the problem that is presented as a short riddle and picking solution from the list of four possibilities. I highly recommend this book because the problems are engaging and make the student to focus their listening skills. Also, the book has not just math section, but contains science, phonics and social studies riddles as well.
I am also linking this post to We Play hosted by Childhood 101.