The “Mario points” idea has really taken off and expanded more than I could have ever thought possible. My son who in his words is 3 and 3 quarters has graduated from counting individual beads to now using a chalkboard. We had been doing the bead counting for the past 6 months and it was getting a little monotonous but he kept up with it and can now count higher than a hundred.
I was thinking we needed to do something a little different but what…. Well one day we went to a little diner for lunch and they had a chalk board up on the wall to keep kids busy. What a great idea! I picked up a chalkboard at Staples, complete with chalk and eraser and hubby hung it up for us in the kitchen where we usually do our lessons. Now instead of counting beads, when Din earns points, he will put that specific number on the chalkboard. He sharpening his number writing skills and learning to add. He is learning how to count by 5s in head. He gets 5 points for an activity sheet completely properly. If he has six sheets, he will count by 5 up to 30. He will then get to write the number 30 on the chalk board.
But now our point system has expanded to more than just home activities. It is now his reward of choice especially since I’ve instilled the rule that he must have at least 20 minutes to turn on either the computer or the Wii system. I’ve awarded points when he is good and taken away points when he has unacceptable behavior. He gets very upset when I take points away, even just one point, so I don’t do it often but it does happen and then he learns how to subtract points as well!