WHY I MADE THE GAME OF RINGS
TO REINFORCE BASIC MATH SKILLS
Over the years I've asked kids questions such as
"What is 4 plus 8?"
Some 5th graders can NOT answer that question.
Many 3rd and 4th graders count on their fingers.
UNDERSTANDING MATHEMATICS IS FUNDAMENTAL
When 4th graders see the numbers 3 and 4
they should immediately know 3 combinations.
Add 3 and 4 to get 7.
Subtract them to get 1.
Multiply them to get 12.
When they see 2 and 8 they should know 4 combinations.
Add them for 10
Subtract them for 6
Multiply them for 16
Divide them for 4
When children play THE GAME OF RINGS
they process lots of numbers
not because it's required
but because they want to capture lots of cards
and build lots of rings.
THEY NEVER CALL IT A MATH GAME.
If you have a 4th grader, ask you child
"What is 3 plus 4?"
Watch their fingers.
If their fingers start moving quickly,
they are counting the numbers on their fingers.
THEY DON'T KNOW THEIR BASIC MATH FACTS.
Follow up with this...
"What is 4 plus 8?"
Again, watch their fingers.
THE GAME OF RINGS does not teach the math facts.
The game is a teaching tool.
Play the game with your children.
Teach and reinforce their math facts.
When children see a 3 and 4 on the game board over and over again
they will begin to see all the combination values of 7, 1 and 12... Quickly
When they see 2 and 8 on the board over and over again
they will start to see all the values of 10, 6, 16 and 4... Quickly
Seeing all the combinations for them is simply a step
in the bigger picture of capturing lots of cards
and building lots of rings.
Then watch them play the game with other kids.
It truly is a covert way of getting them to practice their math facts.
AND THE GOOD NEWS IS...
THEY LOVE IT
For all of you who know your mathematics
this is an incredibly good game.
And it goes beyond mathematics...
You'll be thinking in almost 3 dimensions.
It's your strategy skills vs your opponent's strategy skills.
THE GAME OF RINGS IS FUN TO PLAY