Wednesday, February 23, 2011

# We Play Math

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.

Joyful Learner said...

We do mostly games here at Math Links. Games are the best way to learn math! I wouldn't worry too much about the writing. It's better to focus on mental math anyway. I'll have a Charlotte Mason's post coming up on arithmetic.

TheRockerMom said...

We love games that teach math skills, too! I may have to add some magnetic pattern blocks/tangrams to our wish list for next year. As always, I love reading about what you are doing with Anna!!

Christy said...

We play a lot of math games too. I think it is VERY cool that your husband created that carrot game! Do you think you will be sharing directions or how he made it? It looks neat in the photo. I'm so impressed.

Krissy @ B.Inspired Vintage said...

I used to love the game Connect 4, but I don't have it for my little ones yet. I'm going to have to find one. I think my 4 year old could start to enjoy it now. Thanks for the inspiration!

Debbie said...

I agree with Joyful Learner, mental math is very important to master. Games truly help to develop this. Connect Four is a game up there high on my list to get for Selena.

MaryAnne said...

That workbook sounds great! My kids mostly like using their pattern blocks with play dough, these days.

I wonder if Emma would enjoy Connect 4...

Debbie said...

I was going to add another great game for mental math is Pente.

Phyllis said...

I love to see young ones loving math because they are playing games and don't realize it is math.

Kim said...

That riddle book sounds great. We are trying to collect several books of that type for next year's school - games between lessons, or lessons in themselves. Thanks!

Ticia said...

I'm with Christy I'd love to learn more about the games your husband makes. It'd be cool to get more ideas for games, and I"m horrid at designing stuff on the computer that I can't make in a table.

The girl who painted trees said...

We have connect four but we haven't "played" it as a game yet, just fine motor development and making patterns. I love the can you find me samples and can't wait to buy it. We need to play more board games but never seem to have enough time to.

Karen said...

My princess loves math too!! paterns, addition.... but no play too much boards game... we have to find a "space" for that!!