I couldn't possibly make this sh*t up.

The Maths

Jack: What’s 60 + 60?

me: 120. Just take off the zero and do 6 + 6 then add back the zero.

Jack: ?

me: What’s 6 + 6?

Jack: 12

me: Add back the zero

Jack: 1,200

me: But you don’t say it like that. Write it down. 120.

Jack: Ohhhh one hundred and twenty.

me: Yes! (maybe he’ll be math smart too?)

Jack: But if 50 + 50 is one hundred, then how come 60 + 60 isn’t 300?

me: Uhhh…  Because it’s 120.

Jack: Oh

me: 150 + 150 is 300. So if you have 50 + 50 and that makes one hundred…you just add 10 to each side, so that’s 60 + 60. Or you can add 20 to the original hundred and that’s 120. (I’m losing him)

Jack: So if I want to add 150 + 150, just take off the zeros right?

me: Okay, try it and see what you get.

Jack: 15 + 15. And that equals 30. Then you add a zero to make 300.

me: Perfect!

Jack: Ohhh now I get math. To make the BIG numbers you have to MINUS stuff first! That’s easy!

me: That’s not exactly it… Why don’t you go READ something.

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One response

  1. This sounds like an afternoon at my house. Don’t tell him “You go faster if you say them quieter” it’ll just confuse him. (:

    March 8, 2011 at 9:43 am

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