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June 14, 2008

Monopoly

Filed under: Uncategorized — Aravinda @ 2:46 am

Delightful to see what instant motivation Monopoly provides for practicing arithmetic skills.  DD learned how to add at least a year ago, but is so excited about newer and bolder calculations that she can’t be bothered to do single digit sums for practice. But though she has moved on to double digits, series and other fun stuff, she still adds on her fingers for each and every single digit sum. Not that this is any problem of course, and it is a joy to watch her chase new challenges but sometimes I wonder how she will ever stabilize the old, if simple addition is already too boring to practice.

A game of monopoly changed all that. With every roll of the dice she adds the numbers, and today deduced that 6+6 was easier added by making it (5+5) + (1+1) = 10 + 2 =12.

Coolly purchasing Pennsylvania avenue for $320, she declared, “I’ll just pay $520 and take $200 back from the bank.” The funny thing is I am pretty sure that had we simply asked what is $520 – $320 in the absence of any real estate deal, she would have drawn a blank.

By the way, I don’t really believe that playing Monopoly makes you like capitalism. It has been a long time since I played to win (or even played till the end of the game) but even if we were playing to win, it is only a game. And it certainly exposes the system. Good fun.

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