Yesterday we hit some very difficult math of the I-can’t-believe-this-is-a-first-grade-curriculum variety: things like 2 + 1 <4 2+ __. (<4 is their notation for “is four less than.”)
Yeah. So today we didn’t open the book at all. Instead we played a math game outside.
An evil wizard made a hidden path along our walk. You could only get across if you stepped on problems that added up to seven. If you took a wrong step, you sank to the bottom of the sea and had to wait to be rescued by a giant eagle. (After it became clear how much fun it was to be rescued by a giant eagle, I hastily added a new rule that you had to summon the eagle by calling out the right answer to the problem you were on.) The eagle took you back to shore to start over. If you successfully reached the evil wizard, he changed the path so that the next time through you had to step on sixes.
Alex is at the age where she likes to make up rules, so she added complicated features like the Row of Fire, the Magic Seed, and the Colin Bridge. Colin just liked to crouch on the ground (as one did when one sank to the bottom of the sea) and call “Flap flap!” so that he could be rescued by the giant eagle.
It was a great way to get some wiggles out, enjoy the lovely fall weather, and practice math facts all at the same time.