1. Write out an alphabet code, giving each letter of the alphabet a number. For instance, A=1, B=2, Z=26.

  2. Ask your child to see how many “expensive” words he can find around the house and in the grocery store.

  3. Ask him to show his addition for each example; for the word “cereal,” it would look like: C=3  E=5  R=18  E=5  A=1  L=12

  4. Also, where needed, show him how to group similar letters and numbers for easier adding.

  5. Your child will discover that longer words aren’t necessarily the most expensive ones; words that have more letters appearing in the second half of the alphabet are.

  6. Add to the fun by giving hints of places to look for high-cost words.

  7. For a twist, see if your child can find a variety of inexpensive words.

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