12 januari 2016

I don't want to do homework!

What homework do you have?
OK, reading and writing...
Have you done it?
I'm finished!
Show me!

So how fooling her to practice writing and reading?

What are you doing?
Building what?
A play field.

But I got her interest.
Our own Lego monopoly.

When she understood she started to invent rules.
One dot = one step.

Two dices so you have to walk at least 2 dots but maximum 12 dots. You can buy a plot in different size from where you get.
  • 1 x 6 dots = 1€
  • 2 x 6 dots = 2€
  • 4 x 6 dots = 3€ (also what needed to build a party house)

The rent of a plot when an opposite player visit was half the dots of the dice you've rolled.

To build a house you need 1 door (2€), 1 wall (1€) and 1 roof (2€). To buy a plot and build a house cost 8€ and she counted first in the head and then tallied with notes (doing math as she didn't want in the beginning).

It started to be complicated.
Since she was the first to go around once, she was also the first to receive pay. As she was broke she needed some extra money and therefor come up with a new rule: if you're broke for an additional contribution and your salary is 8 instead of 5

Yeah right.
I'm serious dad!
Write that rule down too.


  • One floor building, roll one dice and pay as many euro as dots.
  • Two floor building, roll two dices and pay as many euro as dots.

Lucky for me she wanted more houses rather than skyscrapers!

Learning outcomes:

  • Languages (as usual she combines Swedish, Finnish and English)
  • Writing & Spelling Finnish
  • Math (mental arithmetic)