Lucia's Story - Part 1
The Moments When Maths Became Coloured
Lucia sat at a small table in the corner of the coffee shop, trying to focus on the book she was reading. She had just dropped off her daughter, Isabella, at school, but her mind was still racing with thoughts of how to help her daughter with maths.
As she tried to concentrate on the book, she overheard two women at the next table talking about a maths activity called "Prime Colours." One of them, a woman with dark hair and a friendly smile, was laughing about about a maths game she had been playing with her daughter. Lucia felt a spark of hope and curiosity as she listened to them.
Feeling a little awkward, she leaned over and asked, "Excuse me, what was that game you mentioned? Prime Colours?"
The woman smiled warmly and introduced herself as Emma. "Yes, it's a set of cards with different colors and numbers on them. There are all sorts of games you can play with them to help kids learn maths. It's been a game-changer for us."
Lucia felt a surge of excitement. "That sounds amazing! Do you think it could work for my daughter? She is just not interested in maths."
"Absolutely! She sounds like my daughter was when we were introduced to them" Emma replied. "It’s definitely worth giving them a try. They don’t work overnight but if you can develop a practice, they will change how your children think about maths. Actually, how your whole family thinks about it."
Lucia thought quickly about her own lifelong struggles with maths and wondered “Could this work for me too?”
Lucia thanked Emma and quickly searched for the website on her phone. She decided to look it up online as soon as she got home.
The next day, Lucia received the set of Prime Colours cards in the mail. She was eager to try them out, but as she opened the box, she felt a wave of anxiety wash over her. The cards seemed complicated, and she wasn't sure how to use them.
Lucia tried one of the activities called "Hi-Lo," but she found herself getting the answers wrong repeatedly. As she sat at the kitchen table, staring at the cards, it seemed impossible to guess what number was on any card. What was the secret? Frustrated, she put the cards away and started to doubt whether she could help her daughter with math after all.
Lucia felt torn. She wanted to help her daughter but wasn't sure how to proceed.
Should Lucia give up and try something else?
Should she wait and try again another day?
Or should she try the cards with Isabella anyway, even if she didn't fully understand them?
Say in the comments which you would choose or advise Lucia to do.