Today while Emily and I were playing memory (Hello Kitty Flip ‘n’ Match), I noticed that the board it came with would be perfect for some beginning math skills. I went and got some marbles and a die to roll. I had her roll the dice and then add that many marbles. We took turns rolling the die and adding more until the board was filled up. The whole time I threw in some math terms and asked her questions.
- How many do we have altogether?
- What do you have to roll to fill up the row?
- How many more do you need to fill the board up?
- You rolled a 5 first and now a 3. What is 5 plus 3 more?
These kinds of questions are ones that kids encounter in word problems. When I taught first grade many kids had a hard time figuring out how to answer those problems. So whenever I can I ask my girls so they will understand what they mean as they get older.