After getting our regular work done today, I decided we needed some fun learning time. Anyone else ever feel like that?
First, I brought out Mastermind. For all the complicated games we play in this house, my children had never played this before. I love all of the logical thought involved. Each round, one child guessed another’s puzzle. Then the guesser made a puzzle for another child in a round-robin competition.
Since not everyone was involved in Mastermind at the same time, I grabbed a deck of playing cards and showed Ruth how we could practice multiplication. She would flip up one and then I would. I multiplied them together. Then she flipped up a third card and multiplied it by my card. We went back and forth like this, laughing over how badly I was at my 13’s. (We used Jack=11, Queen=12, and King=13.) When Elijah wasn’t playing Mastermind, he went through the cards practicing with me as well. Ruth and Elijah even ran through the deck once together. I’m sure there are a lots of other ways to practice math with playing cards, but this one was surprisingly successful.
We also brought out Scrabble Flash for some individual spelling practice if someone wasn’t involved elsewhere.
When Gideon and Isaiah played Mastermind, I grabbed yet another fun game, Bananagrams. The kids aren’t quite ready to actually play this game up to speed yet, but I thought I would give each of the older kids their own pile of letters and set a timer for them to try to complete a board (built like a crossword puzzle). I gave them 25 tiles and 10 minutes. It was fun watching them rearrange their letters and try to spell words. Of course, they’ve played enough Scrabble with their granddaddy on his iPad that they kept trying to throw in 2 and 3 letter words I had never heard of before. Personally, I loved the use of a week 15 science term.
I really love moments like this when we get to enjoy each other and practice our skills at the same time.
What are some fun ways you practice math or spelling?