Small Talk


December 12th, 2012

Olivia is learning to count, add, subtract. It's a cute stage. She gets stuck at random places that are not the same every time. Sometimes, she can't remember what comes after 33. Sometimes, it's what's after 59. So on and so forth.

Definitely, triple digits are not yet in her skill set. At Big City Diner the other night, she must have seen phone numbers or sports scores on TV.

"What's six-seven-seven?" she asked Claus.

"Six hundred and seventy seven," he answered.

"What's eight-zero-zero?" she asked him again.

"Eight hundred," Claus replied.

"What's five-four-two?" she asked once more.

"Five hundred forty two," he patiently said.

She paused. "Whoooooa! You are amazing with math!" she exclaimed.

We laughed. "Yes, he is amazing. And with math," I smiled.

If only keeping our kid in awe would stay this easy!

4 Responses to “Numbers”

  1. Ken Conklin:

    Big people can have fun with arithmetic too. Try "clock arithmetic." For example, 8+6=2. Fill in a 12x12 addition table, and another 12x12 subtraction table. The real fun comes when you make a 12x12 multiplication table, and a 12x12 division table. For example, 6x4=12. There are some big surprises. Which number behaves like zero? Clock arithmetic is a fun way to introduce adults to the mathematical concept of "group." You can quickly make +,-,x,/ tables for a clock which has only the numbers 1,2,3. Then make the same tables for a clock with only the numbers 1,2,3,4 and notice that it has very different characteristics. The branch of mathematics called "modern algebra" is fascinating, and makes you go back to re-learn all the arithmetic you learned as a kid, but with much deeper insight.

  2. Rodney Lee:

    I remember when our youngest daughter was just learning to read. We were sitting at the traffic light at Pali Hwy and Vineyard and she asks "What is yum-cah-eh?". We're like what? Yum-cah-eh? Then we look around the area and notice the YMCA sign. She was trying to read the sign. LOL.

  3. Rodney Lee:

    I remember in grade school being amazed when the math teacher showed us the 9's multiplication. How the results were reversed - such as 18 and 81, 27 and 72, 36 and 63, and finally 45 and 54. I was just amazed at the coincidence. Then later in life - it dawn on me...

  4. Rosette:

    yes that is why I take my husband shopping..he keeps saying I have to figure out the pound and prices on and on he goes...if I cannot figure out the price I just pick the CHEAP CRAP AT THE from now on I send him to grocery and I stay home relax since he knows MATH GO AHEAD he can shop for the cheap stuff...omg....! My parents didn't worry too much...I get me calculator I tell them.

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