Fascinations with equations started when Eaton turned 4. We read some books related to math equations and since then Eaton started to draw them. First, he started with something like that.
On the right side there are "equations which mom can not solve", like Eaton said.
Few months later inspired by "Huckle" movie and his mysteries that needed to be solved I came up with "Mystery Equations" game.
I started with simple addition game first. I added some clues on the right side.
Example: _ + _ = 6, when first number is bigger than the second one. I wrote down math symbols instead of saying them out loud.
That simple game led us to longer equations with more difficult clues.
1) _ +_ +_ + _ = 4. Clue: All numbers needs to be the same.
2) _ + _ = 5. Clue: First number is even, second odd.
3) _ + _ + _ = 9. Clue: First number is the 1st odd number starting from 0, 2nd number is the 2nd odd number starting from 0, and the 3rd number is the 3rd odd number starting from 0.
These are just examples what we did. We mixed clues, then Eaton started to came up with really hard equations for me that included 2 and 3 digit numbers.
At this point we work with our equations using real money. We play a lot with money board games (I will write about it later) and we added more clues like: "2nd number is 2 digit number" etc.
Working with 100 number and quarters led us to division and the conversation about the quarters of the year.
I started that game few months ago. Eaton loves the idea of solving math equations and this game is just the hit for Visual Spatial Learner. I didn't know about it until I got confirmation from the book " Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World " written by Jeffrey Freed and Laurie Parsons.
What that means for me is that I'm a good observer of my boy's needs and his style of learning. I'm really happy that I got confirmations of my discoveries from someone who has 20 years of experience with working with VSL's children.
So what is the point of this game you ask? It's a great game for pattern recognition and VSL's are pretty good at them. This game will lead to mental math afterward. I also read that VSL's have a problem with doing math equations in the column form on the paper. They are more capable of doing mental math and providing the ending result than showing step by step math process.
So far Eaton likes this type of game. As long as he enjoys it we will continue that and progress with more difficult clues and higher numbers.