No one even knew what Sudoku was a few months ago, let alone how to pronounce it.
Now, more than a few people are addicted to figuring out these number puzzles.
Just ask Mary Jane Jones of Tuscola about her husband’s Sudoku addiction.
‘You can tell he is retired,’ she said and laughed about how her husband does the Sudoku puzzles every day.
Stephanie Idle, a special education teacher at Mount Zion Intermediate School, likes new challenges.
“I love the game. It is addicting,” said Idle, who often works the puzzle with her daughters, ages 14 and 16. They often compete with each other to see who can finish it the fastest.
The puzzle is basically troubleshooting, problem solving and doesn’t require a vocabulary like crossword puzzles do, Idle said. She admits her strategy is going down each column and row, checking what numbers are the same and filling in the blank boxes without repeating the same numbers.
“Sounds easy, but it does become a process of elimination,” she said.
But now Idle has introduced the puzzle to her fourth- and fifth-grade students who have learning disabilities.
She went to www.edhelper.com on the Internet to find easier Sudoku puzzles to pass out to them.
“It doesn’t require reading, it doesn’t require any math. And I’m so proud of my students for being able to get the puzzle done,” she said excitedly and is even planning to make the puzzles part of her classroom curriculum.
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