Starting last Friday, Kaitlyn added a new twist to her accumulation of change each morning. She is no longer asking for “snow money,” or lining up her coins to see how much they add up to. Instead, she went a completely different direction.
She is now playing “coin geography.” It goes a little like this: she took a coin, and decided that it would represent Maryland. Then, she took another coin, and it represented Delaware, then New Jersey, then Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and finally Minnesota. The key component here being that the next state has to touch the one previous, so she could not go from Pennsylvania and jump to Kansas since they do not touch on the map. How she came up with this game is beyond me.
This morning, she wanted to keep the game going. I had to remind her that she ended with Minnesota, so she just continued west, covering North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Instead of continuing the journey down the Pacific Coast Highway and going to California today, she instead found today’s original Minnesota coin, and went down the Mississippi River from there. Today also included Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Then, it was back through Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York, before heading to Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Then it was time for school, which worked out well, because we were both out of coins and out of room on my hand to place them.
The cool part of this new game is that she has needed very few hints, and has gotten the location of each state correct. She is yet to place a state in an incorrect location in relation to where it is on the map, and which state or states it shares a border with.