The kids’ favourite festival, Lunar New Year, is approaching real soon and they’re getting crazy over lion dance, dragon dance and drums again.
When a child is motivated to figure out something that matters to him, he’d be hungry to learn.
No need for any worksheets, assessment books or tests.
We happened to be at a mall to watch a drum performance. The events listed:
14/2: Dragon dance
Vee: “Mummy, which day is the dragon dance?!?”
Me: “Today is 31/1, Saturday. So work out when’s 14/2.”
Vee: “But it’s Tuesday! We can’t go…”
I don’t know how he got Tuesday. Gave him a quick revision on the number of days in a month using hand knuckles as a memory guide:
Jan: 31 days
Feb: 28 days (or 29 days during leap year like this year. 2016 is a multiple of 4.)
Me (back to the original question): “So 1/2 is on Monday. When’s 14/2?”
Vee: … “Sunday. Next next Sunday!”
Me: “Yup. 7/2?”
21/2? Sunday! 28/2? Sunday!
The Sundays next month happen to be multiples of 7.
Otherwise, just work out using +7.
Me: “That’s why mummy has taught you and your brothers addition and multiplication tables from young. You find them useful?”
The above conversation took place during the car ride from the mall back home.
When tucking him to bed, he blurted out, “Mummy, are all even numbers doubles?”
Me: “What do you mean by ‘doubles’?”
Vee: “Like 12 is 6 + 6. 28 is 14 + 14.”
I thought for a while… “Yes, I think you’re right.”
Vee: “I’m going to create worksheets to teach younger children who don’t know this yet and try more challenging math.”
Obviously, I was a pleased mum tonight, glad that he’s developing a mathematical mind and enjoying one of the most beautiful subjects in human history.