Now that we are (I’m probably tempting Fate by typing this) seeing the last of the cold weather, we’ve been outside leaping around. One day recently when I wanted M and D to review their math facts, and all the kids wanted to play, I came up with a game that worked for everyone.
I drew two large squares on the driveway in chalk, one for each kid. I divided those into smaller squares and wrote the answers to math facts I wanted them to work on. In the case of M, this was division and multiplication review; in D’s case, it was addition and subtraction.
The players lined up in front of their “board”. I called out a math fact and they had to leap to the right answer. If they missed, they had to go back to the start. If they had it right, they stayed on that answer until I called out the next one.
Variations on this for younger learners could be colors, letters, or numbers from 1 to 10 or 1 to 20, if you have a small player in your house who wants in on the game.
Erin is a writer and the owner of The Usual Mayhem blog. She homeschools her two of her three children (the other’s already a graduate), runs a home daycare, and has more than 25 years of child-wrangling experience. You can find her on her blog (www.theusualmayhem.com), or on the other sites she writes for: Mummyology, Pre-K and K Sharing, B-Inspired Mama, and Serenity You. She also writes a weekly nature study class for SchoolhouseTeachers.com, an online learning site owned by The Old Schoolhouse magazine. She drinks far too much coffee and rarely sleeps.
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