Here is what it is like to do a math problem with Riley. :)
Riley: There were 459 boys and 462 girls on a field. What kind of field, mom? It couldn't be a baseball field, there wouldn't be enough room for all of those kids. Maybe a football field or a soccer field.
Mom: I don't know what kind of field, Riley. It really doesn't matter. Back to the problem, please.
Riley: They were arranged into 9 lines. Wow, I bet that was hard. That's alot of kids. I bet it took a really long time. Do you think it was teachers putting them in the lines, or their parents?
Mom: I don't know, Riley. (Mom rubs her temples and thanks God that there are only 7 problems in this assignment. Singapore math is the best!). Maybe you should just focus on solving the actual math problem?
Riley: How many children are in each line? Oh yeah! I'm right on it! OK, I'm going find the total number of children on the field. I'm going to say it's a football field! Like from the super bowl.
Mom: Yes, that's a good start for the problem. (Mom wants chocolate really bad)
Riley: OK, now I divide by 9 to find out how many children were in each line. What time are we going swimming today?
Mom: Not until your math is done.
Riley: OH! Ok, the answer is _____. That was pretty easy. I'm getting used to the two step problems now! I remember when they used to be very hard, but now they are easy to me! Why are you looking at me like that, Mom? Do you feel OK?