Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Math CAN be fun

There's a really cool blog out there, run by a math teacher, called appropriately enough, Homeschool Math Blog! She has great tips for teaching math at all grammar school levels -- tips about where to find worksheets online, or how to teach a certain concept, or just fun games.

Today she has a link to a site (and a specific page) that is wonderful. The site is called A Home for Homeschoolers, and seems to be a "clearing house" of homeschool blogs and interesting posts from homeschoolers everywhere. There is a plethora of information here -- stuff that would keep me online and fascinated for hours, but I'll have to pace myself!

But, back to the point of this post. A particular post on the AHFH, called The Game that is Worth a Thousand Math Sheets, really sounds like a fabulous idea. It's one of those that's kind of a "duh" moment, but this would really work. Basically, you give each player a pack of regular cards, after removing all face cards and jokers, and the kids play War.

But here's the kicker:
  • the kids can play standard war (which is bigger)
  • the kids can play addition war (flip 2 cards and which set has the higher sum)
  • the kids can play subtraction war (flip 2 cards and which set has the greatest difference)
  • the kids can play multiplication war (flip 2 cards and multiply)
and the list could go on and on.

This is a great way to practice math facts without using worksheets, workbooks, or artificial means. My kids love War and will love these variations!


Decatur Area Homeschool Network said...

AHA! You found my friend, Denise's blog. She's been the Math Icon in our homeschool group for years....and well-deserved. Unfortunately she's moving to Missouri soon and leaving us all behind in Central Illinois. We can all keep up with her expertise through her blog though.

Mary, I love your blog and the variety of topics you write about. Please consider making a contribution to my project this week titled, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Homeschool Bloggers”. http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/TRINITYPREPSCHOOL/


Maria Miller said...

Thanks for mentioning my blog.

Incidentally, I blogged about another math card game recently, which I dubbed "10 out" - to learn sums of 10.