A knowledge-free zone!
These kids. Ha!
Olivia and two friends were in the back of my car as we were driving somewhere. For some truly unknown reason, I started to hear them discuss the answer to eight times three. That developed into some exchanges about who knows their multiplication tables.
Then Evie said, "Wait! It's summer! Why are we talking about math?"
Jaycie: "Yeah! Who even brought this up?"
Olivia: "Yeah! We're not in school! This is a knowledge-free zone!" I don't even need for it to be summer for me to feel that way sometimes.
I entered the conversation and started pop quizzing the girls on multiplication. Because it was a game, they competed to answer first.
When I did the twos and threes, they were disdainful. "Um, the threes are so easy."
It was pretty funny to see the blank stares and pauses, though, when I asked what's 12 x 12. I could see the gears turning.
To my surprise, Olivia called out the answer first. This is truly amusing since Claus quizzes Olivia every day on her times-table. She HATES it. HAAAATES it.
On a good day, she'll cooperate reluctantly. On a bad day, of which there are more than we care to recount, there's obstinance, fussing, and eventual time outs.
And now she's proud the work paid off. Look how fun math is.
These nine year olds. So cute. I love talking with them. I love that they readily accept me as part of the conversation. I've got to absorb all this now before people turn into surly, secretive teens!