game piece. He especially liked it when I
arranged the index cards in fun twisting
patterns that circled around and through
the entire room.
Sometimes, I would focus on specific
math facts that he needed to practice, like
learning how to add by eight. Other days,
I would mix in different facts together:
multiplication, division, addition, and
subtraction. I’ve played the Giant Board
Game with a family of children who were
all different ages. The older two children
practiced their math facts, while the kindergartner just had to tell us the color of
the construction paper that I had placed
underneath the math facts (we helped
him with his colors when he needed it).
I’ve used the Giant Board Game for several different subjects that my son needed
to practice, including reading sight words.
You could also have younger children recognize shapes or numbers with the Giant
Find It is a fun way to memorize multiplication facts. Choose a times table
to practice; write each of the facts on a
separate piece of paper, and draw the corresponding number of dots on each piece
of paper. For example, 3 x 2 would have
six dots on it.
Place the facts on the floor in order
from least to greatest ( 3 x 1, 3 x 2, 3 x 3,
When children do well at finding the
facts and understand that multiplying by
three is really just adding another group
of three each time, you can reverse the
game to make it more challenging. This
time call out the fact ( 3 x 7) and have the
children go to the fact, and tell the an-
swer “ 21.” Let them count the dots if they
When children become more profi-
Enjoy the Journey!
cient at their times tables, you can mix
up the order of the math facts, and place
them on opposite sides of the room.
Children really enjoy running from one
side of the room to the other trying to
find the facts.
Children can become so engrossed in
a game that they forget they are doing
schoolwork and are learning! Why not
have some fun? Play some games so that
you and your children can both enjoy this
necessary part of their educational journey!
I pray that our Lord, Jesus Christ, helps
you to understand how your children
learn best. May the Holy Spirit fill you
with wisdom and discernment as you
raise your children to be set apart for
God and for His glory.
Dr. Marci Hanks, a homeschool mom and
Apologia Online Academy teacher, has a
passion for teaching about God’s amazing
and wonderful creation. She has written
articles and an on-line curriculum for The
Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Marci was
formerly a private school science, math,
and English teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology, Master of Science
in Biochemistry, and Doctor of Education
in Teaching and Learning.
Children can become
so engrossed in a
game that they forget
they are doing school
work and are learning!