## MATH GAMES FOR ADULT AND CHILD

HOW MUCH IS ...?

PLAY AFTER: HOW MANY WOULD YOU LIKE?, SHOW ME, STONES ON MY LEGS
PLAY WITH: STONES ON MY LEGS
Key Questions: • How many are ...
• How much is 2 plus 3?
• How much is 7 minus 1?
• How much is 4 plus 8 plus 1?
• How much is 5 million plus 2 million?
• How much is four dollars plus two dollars?
• How much is ten cents plus two cents plus five cents?
• How much is one half plus one half?
• How much is three more than two?

The types of questions asked in HOW MUCH IS ...? include: 1. How many are ...

2. How much is 2 plus 3? How much is 7 minus 1?

3. How much is 4 plus 8 plus 1?

4. How much is 5 million plus 2 million?

5. Others

Types 1 and 2 need no explanation.

Types 3 and 4, I recommend highly and prefer this type of question even for older children because mental computation of this sort is so important.

Type 3 includes questions involving more than two numbers. Questions range from "how much is two plus one plus one more," (which is a difficult question in itself), to "how much is one plus one plus one" to "how much is five plus four, then, take one away from this?"

If a child says he or she doesn't know the answer, try STONES ON MY LEGS and slowing down the speed with which the question is posed before you try doing any sort of explanation or forgetting about that kind of question.

"How much is five million plus two million?" is typical of a lovely group of questions. Listen.

The Adult: "How much is five plus three?"

The Child: "Eight."

The Adult: "How much is ten minus one?"

The Child: "Nine."

The Adult: "How much is two hundred plus three hundred?"

The Child: "Five hundred, maybe."

The Adult: "That's right. How much is four hundred plus three hundred?"

The Child: "Seven hundred."

The Adult: "Good. How much is five million plus three million?"

The Child: "Eight million?"

The Child is quite pleased with herself.

The Adult: "How much is nine million plus two million?"

The Child: "Eleven million." ...

Then or perhaps,

The Adult: "How much is four dollars plus two dollars?"

The Child: "Six dollars."

The Adult: "How much is nine dollars minus three dollars?"

The Child: "Six dollars." ...

Or perhaps,

The Child: "How much is three dollars plus two dollars plus three dollars?"

The Child: "How much is ten cents plus two cents plus five cents?"