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!

2 comments:

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/

Thanks,
Maureen

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.