Just ask Baby #1!
We've been working on learning how to multiply and divide, and I guess I'm sort of "old school." Part of our lesson plan involves multiplication drills, even though I don't think that's the "cool" thing to do right now in the land of education theory.
To spice things up a bit, we've taken a friend's idea ("counting cards") and added a bit of a twist. Instead of cards, we've implemented counting "stickers" - otherwise known as Post-it notes, haha - that we place on our tile floor.
Once the cards are all in place (stuck to the floor, in other words), I start calling out multiplication facts. Baby #1 will jump from where he was standing to land on the correct answer. With my active, hands-on 7-year old boy, this method is genius. He can move around, have some fun (some of the jumping techniques are HILARIOUS!!), and practice the concept at the same time. He's a little boy that hates worksheets and repetition, so our jumping stickers let me practice facts with him while holding his attention. Enjoy the pictures!
|Our "game" board|
|Rascal #1, thinking hard|
|Math in action!!|