We did precious little for “structured” math this week. Smarty’s German grandparents arrived on Saturday, and she is busy “teaching them English”. I have to say that she is quite successful, even with Oma. So much for my hope that she will switch to German with them. Ms Smarty was also cranky in the afternoons last week and not in the mood for any “lessons”. Still it was interesting to see how much math she uses spontaneously in her daily life – drawing a certain number of balls in her picture, counting on the swings, collecting leaves, seeds and rocks, observing that if our friend joins us for brunch, this will make six of us. Then yesterday she really surprised both of us when she wanted us to see her “castle” which she built during her rest time. I have never seen her building anything so symmetrical before. She also started to read out two digit numbers, for example on speed limit signs. And she made this hilarious story while we were waiting for our brunch on Sunday:
Once upon a time there were 3 little bears and each had 8 pairs of pants. A hungry wolf came and ate 2 pairs of pants from each bear. And then bears said, “We want pancakes!” and ate 3 big pancakes each.
I love to see her number sense and math abilities blossoming in play. It’s amazing to see how this little toddler that could count by rote only is now able to really apply numbers in the right context, make comparisons, notice patterns and explain (sometimes) how she arrived to certain conclusions about the world around her. I hope this time of making learning fun will never end for both of us.