# Star Wars Math

One of my latest realizations about homeschooling is that being flexible and following my children’s interests instead of my own agenda – with specific, traditional Montessori lessons, for example, is key to our success.

So, with that acceptance, I took a step back, put my ego on the back burner, and observed my boys, which is why I’ve chosen to embrace Star Wars. I hope you enjoy these Montessori-inspired activities with a Star Wars theme. We’re kicking off our learning with Star Wars Math.

## Star Wars Math

### Approach

• Print out an outline of Darth Vader’s mask from online
• Cut out three outlines from black paper & laminate
• Introduce the activity to the child with him sitting to your left
• Place a piece of felt in front of you with the three Darth Vader masks on the felt
• You or the child roll die
• Ask the chid to gather the number of light sabers that matches the roll & to place the light sabers onto the first Darth Vader mask
• Place the addition or subtraction sign after the first mask explaining that you’re adding or subtracting and what that means
• Roll the die again & gather light sabers to match the next addend
• Then add  (or subtract) light sabers to get the total amount
• Have the child physically place the two piles of light sabers together (or take from the left addend) following the equals sign
• Then have the child count for the answer

### Extensions

• Use other objects
• Practice other math operations
• Count total lightsabers
• Sort lightsabers by color
• Skip counting
• Introduce place value to match Montessori color coding

### More Math Activities

Have fun!
Marnie

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