Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 72 - Math, Lies & Easy Baking...

I LOVE math...always have. If fact, I chose my college major because I wanted to take lots of math classes :o) My hubby also loves math...he has the same major as me :o) Ha! We are such dorks! Our oldest child is artsy, free spirited and creative. She is good at math, but I don't think you will ever hear her use the words "love" and "math" in the same sentence.

Our second child didn't fall far from the tree. She has always liked numbers...always. I remember one afternoon when Le was barely two, I was working with big sister on counting groups of objects. Big sister got bored so I told Le to come over...I was going to "introduce" her to counting objects in a group. Hahahahaha! I laid out a group of 10, then 20, then 30, then 40...she got the right answer every time...on her first try. That was the last time I really attempted to teach her anything math related. I figured she knew what she needed to know for her age :o)

Fast forward to today. We had pizza for lunch. For round one I had four pieces, Little Pumpkin had two pieces and Sweet Pea had two pieces. We all decided to get more piece for me, two more for Little Pumpkin and one more for Sweet Pea.

As I was clearing the lunch plates, Little Pumpkin said, "How many pieces of pizza did we eat for lunch?" I said, "Ummmm, I am not sure. What do you think?" She said, "Well, I had two pieces and then two more pieces. That is four pieces. You had four pieces plus one piece. That is five pieces. Sweet Pea had two plus one, that is three. Four pieces plus five pieces plus three pieces...that is twelve. We ate twelve pieces of pizza for lunch."

Seriously? Seriously? Two things...she not only remembered how many pieces everyone ate, but she also added three numbers together. To my knowledge, no one has ever taught her to add.

I decided to let her try to do a math worksheet {from Sunshine's 1st grade home school workbook}...
Addition...100% correct! She didn't know what "minus" meant so I showed her with animal crackers...
She then proceeded to answer all of the subtraction problems right. I think there may be a couple math wizards living in rural Vietnam.

I know most of her smarts probably come from her birth parents, but I like to think she got a little bit from her mama. For example, this afternoon, I knew she snuck a sucker. Even thought I didn't see her do, even thought I didn't see any wrapper and even thought she denied it {over and over},I just knew it knew.
I am smart like that...ha!

After school, Sunshine wanted to surprise make her Daddy "a special, delicious dessert" for supper. Lucky me, she decided to use her Easy Bake Oven :o) Have you ever used one of those things {in your adult life?} Let's just say, you could easily bake a cake, watch a movie and a take a long bath in the amount of time it takes you to bake six s'mores :o) BUT, she LOVES it so that's that :o)
Little Brother appreciates the extra effort :o)

Yay for the weekend!


Mom of 7 said...

Wow for Sophie Le, that is AWESOME!!!!

Yes, I never had an easy bake oven as a child, but my girls got an Easy Bake Oven and a cupcake maker for X-mas one year. Oh my, it about made me nuts! I told them i would go buy them $20 worth of cake mixes and icing if they would let me trash them! haha

Renee said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!! Amazing math!!!!! Way to go Sophie Le!!

Lisa said...

Maybe I could borrow that second child of yours to come over and do my taxes?! That's awesome!

Julie said...

Bennett is a whiz at numbers also. We got ourselves some smarties :-)

J said...

Wow, Sophie Le! That is great!