In my house, I've always used "monsters" to make learning and working fun. For some reason, friendly monsters always inspired my kids.
We've played ...
Alphabet Monster -- a chase and tickle game when a monster showed up in a deck of phonics cards.
Vacuum Monster -- where I vacuumed the floor making monster noises and the kids tried to avoid the vacuum cleaner by jumping over it.
Bed Monster -- can you make your bed before the covers eat you?
Garbage Monster -- draw a monster face on the garbage sack with sharpie and then that big bag eats all the garbage from the cans around the house.
So you can imagine my delight when several years ago, I discovered that we could do MATH with monsters!
Beast Academy is graphic novel meets solid math for Grades 2 to 6.
While we've never used it as our main curriculum, my kids have LOVED reading the graphic novels in their free time (yes ... even my non-mathy 12 year old has read them all!).
And I've used exercises from the practice workbooks to supplement our regular math programs.
Yea for monsters that make math fun!
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