Mathematically, I think I probably hit my plateau in 3rd grade. So I have this year and next before I am completely incapable of helping my kid with math homework...and that might be me being generous...
Yesterday after checking his mistake-ridden homework, I sat down with him to try to explain how he needed to fix the following problem (the answer below is the fixed one...I think...I could be wrong):
Why could they not have simply used something that is decipherable in a workbook illustration like, oh say...squares and circles, apples and oranges, cats and dogs? Nope we'll stick with staplers and tape dispensers, things that he'll really have to place on a scale at some point in his life.
And let's not talk about what the middle of the scale kinda looks like...
His original answer of "neither" was wrong: two tape holders, three staplers, yada yada. It's asking which one item weighs more.
"But Mom," he said frustrated. "Staplers are really heavy!" Not the point Ryan.
Now, I like to think that I have a way with words, but articulating this for Ryan was near impossible for my tiny brain. It made sense in my head, I just couldn't get it out in English words. So I came up with the following analogy.
Then I restated: "Actually, all four of us could stand on one side of the scale and still weigh about the same as Daddy."
Daddy, currently devouring a rotisserie chicken with his greasy bare hands, glares at me from the kitchen while trying to calculate in his head whether I did in fact have a point.
"OH I GET IT," Ryan said.
Thank God I wasn't going to have to explain any more math tonight. He GETS IT!!!.
"You're trying to tell Daddy that he's fat AND teach me math at the same time."
And he was absolutely right. That's precisely what I was doing. In real life, he'll probably never have to weigh office supplies, but this kid can pick up on a subtlety from a female, a lesson that's invaluable if I do say so myself.
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