Thursday, October 2, 2008

You Can't Learn that Yet

Trying to teach a gifted child to "regroup" in subtraction: (I still call it 'borrowing', but whatever)

The problem is 5235 - 1726 = ?


Aiden: This doesn't make sense.

Mom: Okay, well, start with the ones and then move to the tens, hundreds, and thousands, okay?

Aiden: It won't work.

Mom: It works. (pointing to the ones column) What is 5 minus 6?

Aiden: Negative one.

Mom: Well, not in 3rd grade it isn't.

13 comments:

bombadil2 said...

Obviously a very bright kid. Don't freak out if you catch him doing calculus on the sly.

David

YogaNana said...

Bless his little mathematical heart!

templework said...

LOL!

Don't'cha just love them!

SMILE

Sarah said...

Sounds familiar! We dealt with the same stuff w/Rylie last year. I usually turned math over to Josiah though...he somehow has a way of explaining things in a way that makes sense to her.

Kimberly said...

Oh dear!

Sarah said...

BTW...I played!

Misty said...

thats hilarious... This doesn't really make sense to gen either...

Angela said...

wow! guess that is why he likes to do "extra" math homework!

Still scrambling since the trip.. i promise to get the pics by this weekend! i also need to play the meme.. maybe tomorrow..

Angela said...

wow! guess that is why he likes to do "extra" math homework!

Still scrambling since the trip.. i promise to get the pics by this weekend! i also need to play the meme.. maybe tomorrow..

Saint Holiday said...

Send the kid to Washington! Let him teach the government the consequences of deficit spending. "It doesn't make sense" is exactly right. What a brain! I suddenly feel optimistic about the future.

Love,
The Purple Sage

Tristi Pinkston said...

That is seriously funny!

Kimmylyn said...

Very very clever little man.. :)

Mom2My6Kids said...

I love it when they actually "get" math though. I think that also speaks well of his previous teacher. Good job Mom!