January is a great time to look back at the work you've accomplished and also to look ahead at the coming year and any changes you'd like to make. This is where the Virtual Curriculum Fair can play a role - it's nice to get a glimpse of other homeschools to motivate and inspire us!
This week we're focusing on logical and orderly thinking - mathematics, logic, and science. When I heard about the topic and considered what I would share, I immediately knew that I wanted to talk about games!
TJ loves to play any kind of board game or card game and, when she was younger, I used that to my advantage! If I could turn a simple reading or math concept into a game she was happy to play (and learn!). We've continued that habit with the math program we use - RightStart math. I love that games are an integral part of the program and they have become a very fun way to review various math concepts.
If you have a deck of cards you can play lots of math games! Here is our favorite game for reviewing simple addition and subtraction: Addition or Subtraction War - (remove the face cards, use the ace as a 1). Shuffle and divide the deck as you would for a game of War, but instead of flipping one card, each player flips two. For Addition War - each player adds the total of their two cards together. Whoever has the higher total wins all four cards. For Subtraction War - each player subtracts their cards. The player with the lowest number wins all four cards. Continue playing for a set amount of time, a certain number of rounds, or until someone has won all of the cards.
Now that we use RightStart games I don't make up or look for as many games as I used to but I did keep track of what we played when TJ was a pre-K/K'er. Here's our list of fun and games with math!
Delight Directed Middle School Science? by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds http://homeschoolheartandmind.blogspot.com/2013/01/delight-directed-middle-school-science.html
The Hardest Part of Math by Kristi @ The Potter's Hand Academy http://www.thepottershandacademy.com/the-hardest-part-of-math/
A Tour Through Our Math and Science Life by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool http://unexpectedhomeschool.blogspot.com/2013/01/vcfmath.html
What Works for Us…Math by Piwi Mum @ Learning & Growing the Piwi Way http://piwiprincess.blogspot.com/2013/01/what-works-for-usmath.html
Math Art – Geometry by Julie @ Highhill Education http://highhillhomeschool.blogspot.com/2013/01/math-art-geometry.html
It's Math-magical by Missouri Mama @ Ozark Ramblings http://oramblings.blogspot.com/2013/01/its-math-magical.html
Virtual Curriculum Fair: Fun and Games with Math by Tonia @ The Sunny Patch http://thesunnypatch.blogspot.com/2013/01/virtual-curriculum-fair-fun-and-games.html
Discovering Patterns by Lisa @ The Golden Grasses http://goldengrasses.blogspot.com/2013/01/discovering-patterns-how-to-teach- math.html
Math for the Natural by Erin @ Delighting in His Richness http://delightinginhisrichness.blogspot.com/2013/01/math-for-natural.html
Virtual Curriculum Fair~ Discovering Patterns by Karyn @ Teach Beside Me http://www.teachbesideme.com/2013/01/virtual-curriculum-fair-discovering.html
Too Many Math Programs or Not by Linda B @ Homeschooling6 http://training6hearts4him.blogspot.com/2013/01/too-many-math-programs-or-not.html
Virtual Curriculum Fair: Math and More! by April @ Coffee, Cobwebs, and Curriculum http://coffeecobwebsandcurriculum.blogspot.com/2013/01/virtual-curriculum-fair-math-and-more.html
The post where I admit I was wrong by Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset http://sunrisetosunsethomeschool.com/2013/01/14/the-post-where-i-admit-i-was-wrong/
High School Math - Beyond the Textbook by TechWife @ A Playground of Words http://playgroundofwords.blogspot.com/2013/01/high-school-math-beyond-textbook.html
Discovering a World of Logic and Order by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory http://homeschoolingforhisglory.blogspot.ca/2013/01/virtual-curriculum-fair-discovering.html
2013 Virtual Curriculum Fair- Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and Science by Leah C @ As We Walk Along the Road http://courtneysix.blogspot.com/2013/01/2013-virtual-curriculum-fair.html
The Plans of Mice and Math (My Math in Focus review) by Chelli @ The Planted Trees http://theplantedtrees.blogspot.com/2013/01/virtual-curriculum-fair-2013-plans-of.html
Rightstart Math is right for us! by Leann @ Montessori Tidbits http://www.montessoritidbits.com/2013/01/rightstart-math-review-games.html
Our Favorite Homeschool Math Curriculums by Wendy @ Homeschooling Blessings http://wendy-homeschoolingblessings.blogspot.com/2013/01/our-favorite-homeschool-math-curriculums.html