It has been such a long time since I’ve written about our homeschooling! The days rhythmically pass by, and I don’t always remember to snap some pictures and share. This is our eighth year of doing school at home, and our family is still loving it. It has been an unexpected blessing in so many ways.
It’s hard for me to believe, but I have my fourth first grader this year. I have used the same curriculum for all eight years, My Father’s World, and I particularly love the first grade level. Last week, we came to the grocery store game, which all of my kids have played in first grade and adored. It is so simple and effective, so I thought I’d share it with you.
To play grocery store math, we just choose 10-15 items from the cupboard and turn the dining room table into the store. I have my first grader write the prices on some sticky notes. He is currently doing single digit addition, so each “price tag” just has one number.
The siblings all shop and are allowed to buy two items. Of course this game could work really well for older students; just make double digit prices and allow more than two items.
Our curriculum supplies these receipts, but you could easily make something similar at your home.
Matthew, the first grader, carefully and seriously writes down the prices, does the addition problem, and then sweetly tells the total.
So cute! Grocery store math is simple, sweet, and fun. The kids played this so nicely for over an hour. My older kids said, “Oh! I remember this game from first grade. I loved it!” They jumped right in and were eager customers and encouraged Matthew in his addition. It is moments like this that make home schooling really special.