We started with learning the numbers, then counting until we reached 100, and now, despite his mathematically challenged father, our little Matador can now do basic addition. It’s wild for everyone involved. Matador is happy to be solving problems, and we’re happy revisiting some of the basic building blocks of how numbers work. It had not occurred to me that I would one day be teaching my son how to count on his hands and toes, but here we are, and it’s awesome.
Other disjointed thoughts:
- Matador can add any two numbers under ten
- He still can’t actually write the numbers
- He struggles a little with the mechanics of holding up certain numbers of fingers
- He thinks 10 + 0 is 100 and I don’t know how to explain why he’s wrong
We’re quite pleased with his progress, but even now I can feel the day coming when he brings home problems from Statistics or god forbid, Calculus. My only hope is that I can sell enough books between now and then to afford a competent tutor.