## First lesson with two: Part II

Here is the continuation of the account of my lesson with Katie and Varya on Wednesday.  This part was after the girls had their two minutes of going crazy, so it was a lot calmer.  I brought out one of Katie’s magnetic ‘dress up’ dolls with three different color skirts and two tops (the doll actually has many more, but I wanted to start small).  The doll was no ordinary doll, but a princess, and she wanted to wear different outfits for as many consecutive days as possible.  The girls had to help her figure out how many different outfits she could make.

Katie and Varya took turns coming up with new outfits and I recorded them on a piece of paper so that they were sure not to repeat.  Incidentally, one of the colors for the skirts and tops coincided, and this outfit gave the girls trouble for some reason.  After they came up with the other 5 outfits, neither one of them could find this last one.  And so they decided that 5 must be the total number of possible different outfits.  I did not try to dissuade them or show them the sixth one.

In a future lesson I would like to guide them in counting such things systematically and tying this to multiplication, but first I wanted them to play around with it on their own and get some feel for it.  Later on in the lesson we did some actual multiplication by placing colorful chips into equal rows and counting the total.  We also played a few games.  Overall, I was very happy with this first lesson and look forward to (hopefully) many more!

I enjoy thinking about presenting mathematical concepts to young children in exciting and engaging ways.
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### 2 Responses to First lesson with two: Part II

1. Thanks for the story! Awesome, as usual! Can I use one of your pictures in the online course WOW! Multiplication we are starting tomorrow? http://moebiusnoodles.com/wowmultiplication/

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