Making a game of math

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We struggle with math. I don’t push math, he expressed interest. But when we talk about it and try to solve some problems, D gets competitive. He think adults “guess” the answers, so he wants to do that too. Whatever his assumption, his goal is that the grown up doesn’t see him counting. We got out the Montessori counting dots and some struggle ensued. After a few minutes, I stopped engaging and just started playing with the numbers and dots. Soon, he was interested too. He formed a small figure and the figure started asking to solve problems. And away we went. In no time, he was knocking out some addition problems.