Gracie had a great night last night. She was really internally motivated to do not only her reading homework, but the follow up writing. Then she did some math on the Kindle Fire HD apps for an HOUR and mixed it up with the levels of difficulty and then she did the response. She went between two different grade level apps (I’ll have to dig up the names of the apps to share them later). Of course she started with the hard levels, then moved down and asked permission for each lower level but seriously? They’re all hard. She was able to do many of the problems on each level. She did a lot of the reading apps too and spent a lot of time putting words in alphabetical order and laughed at a lot of the words. We talked about the words in the lists and she would tell me what they meant, and asked what the others meant.
She wanted to do it on the Kindle rather than try what was sent home to me first, and since she was so willing to do it for so long I was just so happy she was doing MATH! that I didn’t argue with her. I want her to see math as fun and if this is how it progresses, then I want her to choose what works. I’m just so happy right now that I’m tearing up. I mean… Gracie willingly did math for an hour and ASKED TO DO IT and I had to stop her because she went past her bedtime.
If I ever questioned going back to work, just being able to afford buying that tablet made it completely worth it so that my girl could play with math and have fun. With math. MATH. This is really huge for us. This girl does everything possible to avoid math unless she’s counting out money at the store for a My Annoying Little Pony. Or she’s counting her cookie.
Of course now she’s asking for an iPad of her very own.