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A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to review The Old Schoolhouse’s planner. While it isn’t a product I personally would have bought, I am rather impressed with the monthly modules they are producing. This month’s ‘theme’ is math and the challenge is to bring some fun to your study of math.
Anyone who knows our family well will realize that P is my math phobic child. It’s not that he can’t do the work when he sets his mind to it, but rather a string of poor performance when he was in parochial school as well as no motivation has led to the dread of math most days. The exceptions to this are when he calculates out someones age when he knows the birth year or figuring out how much money he needs for cool things he’s spied in a catalog.
Given the opportunity to test out the November module, I am hoping that P will start enjoying math a little bit more. And, there are activities that my math loving boys can enjoy as well. Sudoko puzzles are presented with one to get them started. There is also a blank template on the explanation page for you to make your own, fully customized puzzles. This mom is already addicted to Sudoko and suspects at least one of the boys will join her in this. And, my puzzle loving D just might get hooked on tangrams.
The one feature I really like in this month’s module is the copywork section. Rhymes to remember things e.g. odd versus even numbers and the value of different coins are a great supplement for all my boys.
Amusing Mathematics might just breathe some life into math in your household.