Thursday, May 3, 2012

Three times four is....

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!!

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