Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Princess loves to do maths. It is not uncommon for her to announce
late in the evening,"I'll go to bed right after I do some maths."
Last night as I looked around my living room which was wall to wall blocks,
I said "OK,here is what we are going to do".
I had her sort her blocks by color, and then count them as she put them back into the bin.
I wrote the number down for her, and we looked at the numbers and went over which color had
more and which had less. This was our math concept for the week, so it tied in nicely.
I was very impressed with myself for thinking so well on my feet when what I wanted to say
was "pick up all that mess and go to bed...I'm tired!"
To her credit, she got down to the last two piles, when she turned to me and said,
"Hey, I know what you were trying to do, you just wanted me to clean up this mess!"
I did not laugh, I just smiled and said "don't be silly Princess, Momma just wanted you to be happy
doing your maths like you asked."
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!


Jenny said...

Oh, you're good! But you'd better watch out- Princess is starting to figure you out. :o)

Kate in NJ said...

Oh yes she is.;-)

nina said...

Awesome thinking on your feet! I'm going to have to try this one. Isn't this sort of activity worth all the effort. Aren't you glad you she wash't doing some boring teacher assigned homework.

Daphne said...

Genius. I need to try that one. She pretty much isn't a fan of my suggestions of ... well anything. SO we shall see.

Cher Mere said...

Hee hee.

But really you're a clever mom, I can tell. *grin*

Mariposa said...

Great lesson! Cute that she figured out your motive.

Kate in NJ said...

LOL, Yes, she is totally "on to me".
These are the "lessons" I love best and the reason I homeschool.:-)

Angela said...

Sometimes it is amazing how cunning these kids can be! I'm sure you will continue to hone your poker-face around her!

scjacobs said...

You're both pretty clever! I think at the end of a long day, I'd just be tempted to put E to bed so I could clean up the mess in peace.

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