This summer, I am trying to find fun ways to prevent the "summer slide". We do not homeschool year round...technically. Homeschoolers, in my opinion, never stop learning. But, formally, we have stopped our schooling routine. I always enjoy teaching Ladybug during the summer. She lets me know exactly what she wants to study and I put it together. This year, it's the systems of the human body. Pinterest has been my best friend when it comes to visuals and projects. Being an election year, we will also learn about the 3 branches of government. I also think, being a rising 2nd grader, she is ready to begin memorizing multiplication facts. I was initially stumped on how to do this. All I could think of were drills, drills, and more drills before bedtime. But, once I got the creative juices flowing, I came up with a few more.
One of the ways we review our multiplication facts is by going fishing!
Step 1: Find a ruler, a string (or yarn), and a small washer magnet. Tie them together as shown in the picture above.
Step 2: On index cards write the answer (or product) of the multiplication problem. In this case, we are working on our 3s. You can cut the cards in fish shapes pretty easily. I wasn't feeling so ambitious this morning, though. If you have blue butcher paper around, you can lay some down as the "lake" to put the fish on top of.
Step 3: Place paperclips on the index cards. I have also found that brads and rings work just as well.
Step 4: Mom calls out a problem. ("What's 3 x 6?"). The student takes her pole and goes fishing for the answer.
Step 5: When she catches the correct answer, CELEBRATE! You can either throw the fish back into the water or collect them so their options become fewer.
Ladybug really seems to like this game. She also likes to play multiplication war. We found the card game at Barnes and Noble in the curriculum section, played just like the kid's game "War". They have to find who has the higher product on the card and whomever has it, gets to keep the cards until one person has collected them all.
If you have any other ideas for multiplication practice, please leave a comment! I could always use some more ideas!