One of the things Asterix and Obelix comics exposes the children to is Roman numerals, and since I think those are important to understand we’ve spent some extra time working on them. Today’s activity started with rolling two dice and writing down in Roman numerals whatever score we rolled, talking about the number in relationship to fives. My little guy decorated the paper as a race-track and to make it into a race game, but there was no real competition simply looking at the number and writing it down. As we do, we review numbers. Seven is five and two. Eight is five and three. I love how Roman numerals highlight these connections, so important to make. Four – that’s one before five. Nine is one before ten.
The game goes something like this. Someone rolls a four and puts four markers out. When the next person rolls a three he’ll have to put three markers on and I’ll comment that “it’s too crowded there… only four markers allowed on that row.” Then five markers are removed and one marker is placed in the next row. We keep going until our collective total reaches 100. The indent rows have to be cleared so they hold only a single marker. Next time I’ll have him keep track of the totals on a calculator too.