Tuesday, November 12, 2013

By the numbers



Taran has been really into numbers lately. Throughout the day he'll hold up some fingers and ask how many there are, or ask "what's 3 + 4?", "what's 5 + 5 + 5 + 5?", "what's one dresser + one dresser?". Or he'll ask questions like "is 5 a big number?" and I'll say something like, "that depends. If you were talking about elephants in your bedroom, than five would be a huge number, but if you were talking about m & m's in your hand, I suppose you'd think it was pretty small". (He's really into m & m's thanks to Halloween).

Today in the midst of some such sequence of questions, he asked "What's two?", and in the vein of all the addition we'd just been doing, I replied, well, you have to add another number to it to get a new number. With hardly a beat, he shot back (almost snidely), "well, what's 2 + 0?". Hmmm. I stand corrected. I guess teaching him about zero wasn't too esoteric of a concept after all.

Taran: 1, Mama: 0

3 comments:

  1. Paula (grammy Pauli)November 12, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    a genius! and an adorable one at that! I remember my first foray into numbers and it was really magical. How special that Taran has two parents who are mathematicians and can guide him through some of the mysteries.

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  2. Yay! A comment. Thanks Mom. I remember you talking to me about your experience with the magic of mathematics. At what stage do we teach that out of children? :(

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  3. I laughed out loud. What a smarty pants he is! Though I think he must be smarter than me because honestly I didn't really get what you meant by, "you have to add another number to it to get a new number"... to me two is 1+1. What you said was 2+X=Y. Does that answer, "What is 2?" Have I lost all of my math cognition? Oh Damn. LOL! I love this post!

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