Wednesday, February 28, 2007

But what about math?

Rose: Mommy, what is four plus four?
me (barely conscious and wishing she would let me sleep in a little later): mmmmm
Rose: 1, 2, 3, 4 [pause] 5, 6, 7, 8 - Eight!!! Four plus four is eight!

I gotta tell ya, that woke me up quickly. Rose just turned four years old last week. My eyes were closed and I can't tell you for sure if she used four fingers and added them twice but I think that's what she did. Voila - multiplication. lol

She's also highly musically inclined and Hubby pointed out that with the pause in the middle of her adding, she could have been rhythmically adding.

Rose: Matthew, are you still hoping the baby is a boy?
Matthew: No, I hope it's a girl.
Rose: Why?
Matthew: Because then on Boys Night Out, I don't have to worry about anyone else hogging Daddy!


Anonymous said...

Well done Rose! That would wake me up too!

And smart move Matthew he worked that out well didn't he!!


Mrs. Pivec said...

Hi Laurie,

In regard to your comment on my blog, Eve started knitting just about 6 weeks ago! :) She's knit a little scarf for her babydoll she got for Christmas and now she's in the process of making a knitted doll. We're using a pattern from the book, "Kids Knitting," by Melanie Falick.

Now it's my turn to have a question for you! :) How have you learned to trust the process of unschooling? I don't mean in their younger years, because I have already seen - and your current post attests to - the natural desire of little ones to absorb and want to learn, learn, learn. But my hesitations come as they enter their teen years. I would assume they know the basics, but then, perhaps they will be distracted with other interests beyond secondary level learning.

I am not one to be pushing or insisting my children go to college. I want them to have satisfying lives whatever that will mean for them. I think my greatest fear would be that if they did want to go to college and I had not prepared them, they would resent me - and maybe my husband would too. Basically, I wouldn't want it to be "my fault," KWIM?

At the same time, I do feel that if the girls had a strong interest in something offered at the University and they had to take a basic course in order to do it, they would likely do it. Of course, then we'd all have to be paying for it! I know these are "what if's," but those are the things that get me. I feel like I have the boy scout motto marching around in my head, "BE PREPARED."

So, I'm just wondering what you do with that?

scribbit said...

That Matthew's a crack up! He's funny!