Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Math with Riley

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?


Heather said...

Hysterical! I needed that laugh!

Jan said...

ROFL!!! Wow, I thought I was reading about Matthew there for a second. ha ha!

lisaquing said...

LOL Jen! Wow, that's quite something!

The Glasers said...

Jen, at least Riley got the answer right. David would have done all of that blah-blah and then would have gotten it wrong! :-P

JamBerry said...

Sly would've been talking about something else entirely, or playing with his pencil, or getting up to find a cat, or (most likely of all), wanting to know when/what he could eat. :)

JamBerry said...

I just had to come back and say Sly is currently singing his math test--aloud and quite dramatically--to the tune of "Jingle Bell Rock." But, he's understanding the math and getting them all right. I, however, am losing my mind! haha!

Niffercoo said...

Glad to make everyone smile! I wasn't smiling at the time, but we I go back and read it now, it's quite humorous! Riley is going to grow up to be one amazing young woman... I hope I survive to see it! LOL


Prince Andrew and the Queen Mum said...

I had to re-read this to remember that I am not alone...
Mom: time to read
Andrew: ok
Mom: starts to read...gets to the 2nd word..
Andrew: but I'm hungry
Mom: we'll get something to eat when we are done
Andrew: but I'm realllly hungry
Mom: mom walks away because this happens every day every time and she is tired of it.
Andrew: I'm sorry
Mom: starts reading again
Andrew: But my eyes are itchy
Mom: well just close your eyes and listen
Andrew: but i have boogers
Mom: well pick them whileI read
Andrew: what should I do about the boogers.

etc etc etc