We’re into our second week of homeschooling and things are settling down to a nice routine. I use Math Mammoth, but each night I look at the math problems for the next day and copy them onto 3×5 cards. I use these 3×5 cards to create games we usually play for our lessons. I’ve been playing Treasure Trail with her, but today I’ll play a modified version of tic-tac-toe.
I already have a board that is 4×4 that I’ll use for our tic-tac-toe game. We’ll use some tokens (probably eraser toys) to mark the board. The rule will be before a player can put down a token, that player needs to answer a math question.
After writing the section above, we played our new tic-tac-toe game. The first round went like tic-tac-toe except that each player had to get 4 across instead of 3 across. However, my daughter changed the rules the second round. Now, if player one’s piece is surrounded by player 2’s piece, player one and remove the other player’s piece. This made the game quite competitive and added a little more fun to the game. We ended up playing several rounds of the new game.
One more thing I want to make sure I cover are the word problems. I like these because there’s an emphasis on logic. The problems really make her think. I like the Math Mammoth problems, but sometimes I change them to the names of her friends or I change the details of what is happening so that she either gets a little giggle or can relate better to what the problem is asking.