Thursday, March 5, 2009
This is called Crazy Math. Actually I have to constantly invent new and different ways to get in our math practice. I know, I could beat him over the head with a stick and tell him to 'do it or else,' but that would never ever ever work! We'd both end up screaming. A few days ago, I wrote math problems on pieces of paper and had him answer two...run to the trampoline..jump 10 times...and come back and get two more. Other times we have created level games...such as in a computer game...I will start out on level one which is very simple addition and work up to level 10 that includes more difficult addition and subtraction. I was able to get him to do 10 worksheets with that little trick! Today I used a new pack of 'smelly markers.' I was amazed at the speed with which he completed this little drill. The paper was a complete mess when he was done; however, it was 99% right. I wasn't going for neatness on this one. These ideas must come from God because I am not creative. That trait belongs to my boys! But I'm thankful for the idea bursts that come when needed.