First grade math students actually played ShapeOmetry before the kindergarten students did. I purchased the game (using funds from a PTA grant — yes, again — thank you, PTA!) to use with first graders. They did a great job with it and had so much fun that I decided to try it with kindergarten students, too.
The first grade students made it to the Intermediate level. They encountered some difficulty as they progressed but not enough to make them want to give up. We did glance at the hardest problems and found them almost laughably complex. Of course, that just made most of the kids want to conquer those challenges even more. It’s fascinating to watch the kids play and to observe the different strategies they use. Often one set of colored pieces was definitely easier to start with, but that changed from card to card. Some kids were able to figure this out and some stuck to the strategy of always starting with a particular color. We will definitely play this game again to build those strategic thinking skills!
There is no math homework over Spring Break. Maybe after last week’s challenge, your kids will be anxious to pay the pizza guy?