November 16, 2006

Math Is Hard. Let's Go Shopping.

The kid can count to 20 in one breath, and she can add and subtract numbers up to 4. But every once in a while, it really hits home, the difference between these kind of toddlery parlor tricks and a full, internalized mastery of the concept of numbers.

We were taking a little breather, watching The 'Street, and as the credits were rolling, I told the kid she could watch Sprout for five more minutes, then we'd head out to pick up some dinner.

She counteroffered immediately: "No. three minutes."

"Deal."

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