SUM OF WHICH used to be a game that came with directions for 4 games to play. I am excited to share, as of today, SUM OF WHICH will come with the directions for FIVE games to play. MAKE IT COUNT is game number 5! That means you pay for SUM OF WHICH, and you get everything you need and the directions for playing SUM OF WHICH, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ADD, IT's IMPOSSIBLE, ODDS OR EVENS, and now MAKE IT COUNT.
And how about using a Number Talk to get students excited and thinking about playing one of the many games. Try this. Ask your students to use any of the following numbers 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 to make a sum of 20. They may not use any of the numbers twice in any of the addition sentences but may use them in as many sentences as they wish. For example, I cannot say 2 + 2 + 2 + 12 because the 2 is only listed once.
However, I can use the 2 with the 6 and 12 and then use the 12 again with 12 and 8. Although the 12 is used twice, it is used in two separate sentences.
Give it a try. Get your students talking and then play one of the FIVE games you can play with SUM OF WHICH. Then, please let me know how it goes. I love to see pictures of the students engaged in thier learning and hearing about their excitement.
TOMORROW FOR THE SUM OF WHICH TOURNAMENT, I AM SAD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE TOURNAMENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ONLY TWO TEAMS SIGNED UP AHEAD OF TIME. I SUSPECT THIS WONDERFUL SUMMER WEATHER HAS MANY WANTING TO BE OUTSIDE. I CAN'T BLAME YOU. ENJOY THE WEATHER WHILE WE HAVE IT.
I SPENT A FEW HOURS THIS EVENING CREATING A MAP SHOWING WHERE SUM OF WHICH IS PRESENTLY BEING PLAYED. I COULDN'T HELP BUT BECOME A BIT EMOTIONAL WHEN I SAW IT ONCE I FINISHED. IT TRULY AMAZES ME THAT A DREAM I HAD IS NOW IN SO MANY HOMES AND SCHOOLS.
WITH THIS, I SAY, THANK YOU ALL. YOU HAVE HELPED TO MAKE MY DREAM COME TRUE. IF YOU HAVE PLAYED THE GAME, PLEASE DO LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF SUM OF WHICH.
My dream continues. SUM OF WHICH continues to amaze me. Last month I ran a KickStarter Campaign to raise the funds to move forard with the production of the remaining expansion packs, development of the app, and payment for the non-provisional patent. I am pleased to announce that this campaign was a success! I was thrilled that the monies were raised and even more excited when I started the shipping process. Forty-five junior games, seventy-three senior games, thirty expansion packs, and one-hundred eighteen SMART Notebook versions were shipped to Finland, Spain, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the USA! I am beyond excited and cannot wait to hear feedback from those who will soon be playing SUM OF WHICH. Many games have already been shipped, only a few left to go.
As autumn rolls in, I am planning ahead to some exciting venues. The North Country Showcase in the Massena Mall will be hosting a SUM OF WHICH Tournament on Saturday, September 23rd. I will teach the game play at 11:30 and the tournament starts at noon. The game is truly very easy to learn so don't be concerned, come join me if you are near Massena, NY. Join in on the fun and a chance at $50.
The Teachers' Learning Center at SUNY Potsdam will be hosting a full day PD with SUM OF WHICH on October 2nd. We will play SUM OF WHICH is TEN, TWENTY, 100, ONE (Fractions), and the INTEGER version. We will also play SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ADD, ODDS or EVENS, and IT's IMPOSSIBLE. If you are teacher in St. Lawrence County, come join me for a day of fun tied to the Standards for Mathematical Practices. All participants will leave with their own copy of SUM OF WHICH to use in the classroom. Check it out on My Learning Plan.
October 9th brings the NYS Teacher's Summit at SUNY Potsdam. I will present a session on SUM OF WHICH and will have the games available for purchase. October 26th- 27th, I return to SUNY Potsdam for the Literacy Conference. SUM OF WHICH and the sister games will be shared and the connections to literacy will be made. I will present a session on the 27th and will have the games available for purchase. These are two events that I would encourage teachers to look into if you haven't already registered.
On November 3-4, I will be in Buffalo, NY at the AMTNYS annual conference. I have attended this conference for more than 20 years, but this will be the first time I am attending as a vendor. I am excited to be able to share SUM OF WHICH with teachers throughout NYS. I will be presenting on Saturday morning, November 4th at 8am. Otherwise, you will find me in the vendor area, set up and ready to teach you how to play. If you attend AMTNYS, please come see me.
November 18th, the Christmas shopping begins. The Annual Christmas Show at the Kennedy School in Ogdensburg NY will showcase more than 1000 crafters and creators. Come see me at "Booth # 2" and check out SUM OF WHICH. It's sure to be a hot item under the tree this Christmas.
If you can't make it to any of the above mentioned events, no worries. Check out the videos on this site and you can also purchase from this page. I will be certain to give your order the personal attention it deserves.
As always, I am extremely grateful for all that has happened with SUM OF WHICH. This game has brought me to many wonderful places and I have met so many amazing people as a result. Thank you to all who have moved this game to where it is today. I look forward to continuing to grow and share this
The wait is over. SUM OF WHICH is 100 arrived earlier today. This tile pack joins SUM OF WHICH is TEN, SUM OF WHICH is TWENTY, SUM OF WHICH is ONE (Measurement Fractions) and SUM OF WHICH Integers. I know many were waiting for this arrival and hoping to see it early in the fall.
So to help those who have not yet purchased the SUM OF WHICH Sr game board, I have created Bundles to make easier to purchase the multiple tile packs for your classroom. Of course, the tile packs can still be purchased separately as well.
Finally, I have a Kickstarter Campaign presently running. You can get some great deals on the Kickstarter. Take a look and make a pledge. If I am able to get the pledges needed, we could have the App much sooner than planned. CLICK here.
These sure are exciting days! I look forward to continuing to provide you with a quality game!
Last week I was so lucky. I was able to spend 2 days with teachers in Pennsylvania! I attended the PCTM 2017 conference and shared SUM OF WHICH with the teachers. We also spent some time playing SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ADD, IT's IMPOSSIBLE ADDITION, and ODDS OR EVENS. Everyone seemed to enjoy all the games and I know I enjoyed sharing. Pennsylvania sure has a great bunch of teachers!
You may have noticed a game named above that was unfamiliar to you; ODDS OR EVENS. That's because just 10 days ago that game was created. AND....I did not create it, my 8 year old granddaughter, Brynn created this game!! Impressive, huh?
The best thing is, you can play this game with the tiles from any SUM OF WHICH set. If you have the game and I missed you when sending out the update, please let me know and I will send you the directions. It’s a great game for practicing composing odd or even numbers. It was wonderful to see Brynn discover a “short cut” after playing just a few times. What a great way to get a child exploring number theory.
Presently, SUM OF WHICH is 100 is heading to press. It should be available by the end of this month. Stay tuned.
As always, please follow me on facebook and twitter. Always something new coming out!
It's been a while since my last post. SO much has happened since then. SUM OF WHICH is now in 9 countries and in many homes and schools. It truly is a dream come true. I am thrilled that so many people are playing the game and loving it.
I have also created two more games that can be played with the tiles from SUM OF WHICH. This means, if you have a SUM OF WHICH game, you should take a look at the videos on this webpage to learn how to play SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ADD. Also, drop me an e-mail at email@example.com to get the directions for IT's IMPOSSIBLE. You already own everything you need to play these games if you own SUM OF WHICH.
Oh, and the expansion tile packs are now available for SUM OF WHICH is TWENTY, SUM OF WHICH is ONE (fractions) and SUM OF WHICH - INTEGERS. These tile packs all fit the SUM OF WHCIH Sr. board. SO if you own SUM OF WHICH Sr, take a look at the expansion tile packs. You can use those tiles and play on the same board you presently own. The rules and the scoring are the same as SUM OF WHICH is TEN, the number sets are different. If you can play SUM OF WHICH is TEN, you can easily pick up the others. The expansion tile packs for SUM OF WHICH is 100, SUM OF WHICH is ONE (decimals) and a second SUM OF WHICH is ONE (fractions) game will be out soon. Keep checking back for these.
I have also had the honor of working with the Small Business Development Center and Railroad Productions recently. The video that you see at the top of this blog post is just a small sample of what was done. It was an amazing experience. Imagine having a dream. Then watching it start to develop. Finally, imagine watching your dream on the screen. Seeing the video the first time brought tears of joy to my eyes. I am overwhelmed with the blessing this game has brought to my life. I get to witness people of all ages enjoying a game I created. Watching this unfold in video shook me to my core. It was a truly amazing experience.
So much more to come very soon. I will be heading to the PCTM annual conference next week. I cannot wait to share the game with the Pennsylvania teachers! I will be sure to share some pictures here. Maybe I will be able to get some video as well.
Once again, very blessed and very fortunate. Thanks to all of you. I love to read your reviews, so if you have a game and have not yet written a review, please do.
SUM OF WHICH has been played and is being played in many classrooms and homes. It is being played in 8 countries. I had a dream that perhaps it could be played by hundreds of children at once!
Today, that dream became a reality. Today, children at the Kennedy School in Ogdensburg, New York played to compete for champion of their grade level in a SUM OF WHICH Tournament. Today, more than 350 children played SUM OF WHICH!
It was thrilling to see so many children so enthusiastic about playing the game. Watching the pride in their faces as they made "big points" for their plays was incredible. Then, as the four finalists for each grade were called to play. watching them approach the playing table with confidence and just a slight bit of fear was wonderful. They knew they were going to play for champion.
Watching the "Final Four" was great as well. I was able to watch as they studied the board looking for the best play and eventually as they placed their tiles.
"Crowning" the top player at each grade was terrific. Those students went home with a SUM OF WHICH JUNIOR game so they can continue to play and practice.
As I walked out of the school, I heard comments like this. One student asked, "Will we have another tournament next year?" Another said, "Thanks for making up that game SUM OF WHICH. It's fun." In answer to the question, yes, there will be another tournament next year. The school has already reserved Pi Day for next year. Let's hope we don't have another snow day. And, you are welcome. Thank you for playing the game. You helped to make another of my dream to come true.
On a cool autumn day in October, 2016 I was driving home from Syracuse, New York. My passenger fell asleep and I went into a very dangerous place, my head. That was the beginning of a creation I now call "SUM OF WHICH".
As I drove along, I was trying to think of ways to engage children in practicing composing and decomposing ten. I had recently identified a child's difficulty at school to not the third grade math she was struggling with but instead a challenge composing and decomposing ten. I knew that if I had her practicing addition and subtraction with worksheets or drill, she would quickly become bored. So I knew I needed to find a way to make it much more engaging.
I think it was somewhere around Mexico, New York where I came up with a strategy game. As I was driving, the additional strategy elements and the random starting points to the game started to fall into place. By the time I arrived home, I had a pretty good idea of how the game would play and I even had the title. SUM OF WHICH was now a much clearer dream. I knew I needed to field test the game and try to bring it to life.
Fast foward to December 2016. I had tested the game hundreds of times and made some minor adjustments to the game to make game play more fun. I designed the game template and sent it off for printing. The first games arrived in mid- December. SUM OF WHICH IS TEN JUNIOR was now a reality.
Fast forward again to February 2017. The board game for the larger senior version as well as the tiles for the fraction version of the game were designed and off to the printers. SUM OF WHICH IS TEN and SUM OF WHICH IS ONE were both about to become realities. They arrived in early March.
This dream continues as I work to get the additional versions of the game ready for print and an app ready for the app stores. In addition, I have two other games waiting "in the wings".
That cool day back in October, I had a dream. Each day now I am fortunate to live the reality of that dream.
Never stop dreaming. Your dream could become a reality.