It’s October and officially Autumn! Although, it never really feels like Fall in Southern California – but we pretend. 🙂
Paprika (9) has been crazy about Halloween since she was very small. She gets so excited and plans for it all year long, right down to which costume she will wear on the big day.
Last year, she decided she’d be a Peacock this Halloween – and she’s been talking about it for months and months. She really wanted the Chasing Fireflies Peacock costume, which costs an arm and a leg (and maybe a toe and a finger, too). So, I told her that we would look on Ebay for a deal, and IF she finished 6th Grade Math by Halloween, then she would get the costume!
Otherwise, she would wear her Elsa costume from last year – which still fits her perfectly. Not a bad deal at all right? I even had her try it on to see if it fit. It does!
Paprika yesterday in the Elsa costume (which she got last year for completing her Reading Challenge – 60 Chapter Books in 60 Days:
Math is Paprika’s most challenging subject – so it’s what we wanted to focus on for this project. It’s a win-win for both of us because she gets the sense of accomplishment, and I get to back off nagging her to do her math. She’s highly motivated to get the costume! 🙂
I mean, look at that headpiece!:
Paprika loves a challenge – she is one of those people who really loves incentives. I can think of lots of things adults do for incentives (weight loss and exercise incentives, for example). And then for other people, incentives don’t work.
Take Ginger (6), for example. There is NOTHING in this world that will move her to do something if it’s not her idea. She never needs an external motivation for anything. In fact, she is LESS likely to do something if she’s incentivized. But if she wants something – watch out! She is fierce and competitive, and she’ll strive to be the very best. She’s a hard worker quite naturally, so that works out well.
Anyhoo – back to Paprika. I’ve done challenges with her for as long as I can remember. We have done lots of Reading Challenges, and some Math Challenges.
This time, she really wanted to do a Math Challenge, and I agreed, since reading is something I never have to worry about with her anymore. Math is something she’s actually starting to love – or at least tolerate – especially with an incentive. 🙂
What can I say, she makes the best of it – here she is in her witch hat – we were laughing as she did her lessons on Saturday:
So, on Monday – her costume came in the mail! It really was quite a steal on Ebay (I got so lucky to find one in her size!) It had a slight tear in the skirt, so nobody else was bidding on it. Yay!!!
As you can see, she is as proud as a peacock to wear it (pun totally intended)!
Paprika and I messaged the Ebay seller thanking her for selling it to us, along with some photos of her in the costume. She was so happy to get our message – and she sent back a nice note, too! Win-win, right?!
So – that’s our Math Challenge for this Halloween. Fingers crossed Paprika gets done in time (spoiler alert: she totally will!) – and then it’s on to 7th Grade Math! I’ll have to come up with a new incentive for that one. Ha!