Sometimes, I feel discouraged. Wondering if what I do at home with my kids in math will help them be successful in a country where so many decisions are based on test results, so far away from: “Tell me about what you did. How did you figure it out?”.
Then came my son Tom, 4 year old. “I invented a Math story, Mom ! Do you want to hear it ?”.
“One day, there were 3 dinosaurs. Then, they met 2 squirrels. But the dinosaurs said: “It is not enough! We can’t each have a friend !”. So they keep walking, and met another squirrel. Now, there is 3 dinosaurs, and 3 squirrels. So each dinosaur can have a squirrel as a friend! “
Thanks Tom. It was just what I needed to hear to cheer me up.