Friday, July 3, 2009

Simple Math

Josh has both his Phonics and his Math workbooks home from school. We’d try to do at least a couple of pages every day.

I’d ask him whether he’d like to do Math or Phonics and 95% of the time, he’d choose Math.

He has been working on addition and subtraction at school and it’s something that he seems to really take to quite well.

With this exercise, I’d simply asked him what the plus sign (+) and the minus sign (-) meant. He told me that “plus means to add something” and that “minus is to take away something.” Having established that he understood the concept, I challenged him to finish all 12 equations correctly. He said, “That’s easy, Mommy. What’s my surprise?” A bit of c*ckiness there.


I left him to his own devices and he did finish all after a few minutes. Correctly. No erasure, no mistake.

I then decided to let him try his hand at telling time.


Took him less than a minute before he called out, “All done, Mommy! Can I get my surprise now?”


  1. Wow, what a bright boy! Good on ya, Momma!

  2. I used to to this with my nephews to earn video game time...never saw theem work so fast and SMART !! LOL