A couple of months ago hubby decided to take Ebi-kun to a football match and since then he has become obsessed, he is up at 5.30am charging up and down the living room playing footie - his desk is now a goal and blue bear is the goalie. He goes mad if his football shirt is still in the wash since he wants to wear it 24/7! So, Saturday we took him to our friend footie class, Dave is a qualified coach and runs a class for kids, Ebi-kun LOVED it so when we get back from the UK we will try and take him more often, he didn't really 'get' all the exercises and games but it was his first time he did get 10 out of 10 for enthusiasm :o)
I decided to jump on the footie bandwagon and made up a math activity using some football buttons. I wrote some 'sums' onto green card and had the answer cards on yellow (no reason for the colours, just what was handy). First he counted out the number of footballs according to the problem then wrote down the problem on his math sheet.
All was going well until he came across two sums which added up to the same number - I deliberetly put these in. It totally threw him, he couldn't understand why 2 + 8 was the same as 3 + 7. I worked with him and made up lots of examples but he still wasn't convinced. The funny thing was, I was telling my mom about it and she had been baby sitting Ebi-kun's cousins the day before and she had been doing similar work with Declan and exactly the same thing happened, anyone else had this happen?