Friday, September 09, 2011

Hopscotch Math

Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer.
~Carl Sandburg, "Arithmetic"

Some days, math indeed feels like this.  For the younger student, number recognition and learning math facts can seem like a chore.  The good thing is, challenges force us to be creative and look for other ways to accomplish the same goal.  Instead of using the flash cards, why not go outside and play hopscotch?  For the beginner, what a fun way to learn number recognition. Draw your hopscotch with as many or as few numbers as you wish. Call out a number and have your student stop at the right one.  Working on math facts? Call out addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problems and have your student stop on the answer.  This activity is a great way to work with several kids at once who are at differing levels. Plus, it's just plain fun!

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.  ~Albert Einstein

It's Friday!  Be free by 5 and free your family up for more fun together by being electronics free.  This weekend, downtown SLO is hosting I Madonnari, the Italian street painting festival.  Paso Robles is having their airport day from 9-3:30 pm with demonstrations, food and raffle prizes.  There is also a shaded stroll in Los Osos beginning Saturday at 10.  Whatever you choose, enjoy the weekend!

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