Adsumudi – A Math Game For 4-year-olds
What exactly are Adsumudi? First, let us define what we mean by them. Adjectives are words formed by adding an ending to a noun. In English, this is often done by adding -ed to the end of a word.
What are Adsumudi lessons? They are lessons in learning the parts of a language by taking parts out of context and modifying them for your purposes. That means that you take words out of their original context to create new concepts. For example, if you read the lyrics to an Adele song and the words “she’s sexy”, “her eyes are blue” and “she’s so pretty” are used, but if you take those out of context you can interpret those words to mean “she’s sexy, her eyes are blue and she’s so pretty”.
Here is an example of an Adsumudi lesson: If we hear “She has big hair”, what do we think? We might quickly conclude that she has big hair because it is written on a shirt. We would not have access to all of the other possible meanings of the word big hair, unless we could somehow translate “big hair” into “consciousness” or “mind”. This is an example of a concept learned by taking a word out of its context and then modifying it for our purposes.
Adsumudi teaches you to think in terms of subtraction. In fact, many of the exercises are advanced forms of subtraction. For example, one advanced exercise asks you to find out what is the highest number that can be prime multiplied by two, three, or four. That’s just one example of a critical thinking exercise. It does not require any mathematical knowledge.
Another aspect of Adsumudi that makes it really appealing to younger children and perhaps even some adults is that it is actually a math game. You start out with a board and a few pieces. On each player’s turn, they can place an object from the center of the board into one of their bags. These objects are called playmats. Once all the playmates are placed into their corresponding bags, the game is over and the players have won!
As the kids play the game, they will learn the meaning of the numbers on the playing cards. They will learn addition and subtraction by playing with their math skills. The end result will be a very successful math game for the players and a wonderful learning experience for them.