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Thursday, 2 December 2010

When Poppyseed wanted to know how to spell ‘Chanukah,’ I figured she was making a card.

For Chanukah I got 12 Littlest Pet Shops. For my birthday I got 18 Littlest Pet Shops. How many more will I need to have 50. How many more. 20

This wasn’t for any assignment. Poppyseed often sits down and comes up with word problems or equations. I suppose it is akin to filling my journals with stories and poems when I was young.

Here’s the curious thing:

She comes up with some meshuga way of checking her work.

And then…she draws a picture.

Who is this kid? Whose is this kid?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Friday, 3 December 2010 12:08 am

    I think “Chanukah” is one of the Hebrew words that has the most possible transliterations. Maybe you could suggest your daughter find them all.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Friday, 3 December 2010 1:42 pm

      We have a mantra:


      After that, anything goes. Even before The Leevees asked “How Do You Spell Chanukah?” I’ve thought that the Spanish ‘J’ makes sense 😉

  2. Friday, 3 December 2010 12:52 am

    This made me giggle on a day when I really needed it. My kids too often do math equations for fun – completely blows my math-phobic mind. Who are these kids indeed?

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    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Friday, 3 December 2010 1:43 pm

      I’m so glad to have provided the much-needed comic relief. But I’m with you; I fail to see the fun.

  3. Friday, 3 December 2010 1:39 am

    It’s actually a really tough concept that I’ve been trying to figure out how to explain to H. She’s finding all the 10s, and it’s much easier to count by 10! Smart cookie. (Of course, that doesn’t necessarily explain the circular drawing… )

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Friday, 3 December 2010 1:45 pm

      H is clearly already on the right path with finding the 10s. It is easier.

  4. Friday, 3 December 2010 6:33 am

    Actually, that way of checking math is one my son learned in school (he’s in second grade). For his math homework, he does the same circling and same adding of different numbers. It’s completely different than how I learned it, but it works really well!

    My son is a math kid too. “Mommy, instead of reading in bed, is it okay if I do math in bed?” Seriously? 🙂

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Friday, 3 December 2010 1:47 pm

      I asked her about that but she insists that she was taught a different way and came up with this because “it makes more sense.”

      Fortunately, thanks to the reading specialist at school and her daily reading clinic, Poppyseed has a book hidden under the covers as well. Which she comes by naturally.

  5. Crys permalink
    Friday, 3 December 2010 10:46 am

    As a kid I would rather do math problems over reading or writing any day. Maybe she gets that from me. Shayla would prefer to sit and write a letter. Maybe she gets that from you ;). And the letters she writes are so funny!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Friday, 3 December 2010 1:47 pm

      Maybe 😉 I’d love to correspond with her. I love mail!!

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