11 May 2010

It's all in your mind

Up to lesson 21 in his Math-U-See book today, my sweet oldest started down the long road to mathematical bliss with a bit of algebra.  Solving for the Unknown.  "You're lucky," I told him.  "I didn't get to do algebra until I got to high school!"

"Why?" he asked in consternation.  "Well," I replied, "that's just how they did things then."

He thought about that for a moment, then said "I am really lucky!"

And he did his math without fussing at all.  I'll wait a few years before I tell him how many times I dissolved into tears over my math, long before I ever got to high school.

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