He Gets It From Me

March 30, 2011 by Michelle

You know how sometimes you say things and don’t realize it until you hear them coming from the mouths of your children?

Mister Man has a Math Journal that he does in school. It’s pretty cool actually. They have to write out the word problem, draw a picture of it, write the math sentence (the equation), a sentence explaining the solution, and then my favorite part: telling how you solved the problem.

As I flipped through his math journal that came home yesterday (it usually doesn’t, but since we missed school for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, he had a little makeup to do), I started giggling at a few of the entries.

“How many fish left? 7 fish 6 thrown back”

And Mister Man’s explanation for how he solved the problem?
My mind told me!

There were others that made me smile and more. Then there was this one….

“21 jars of jam, 3 bears”
“21 / 3 = 7 The bears each get 7.”

And apparently I’ve told him this just a little too often. Because how did he solve the problem?
I am smart that way

I’m still laughing. I’m not sure that his teacher is.

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  • Susie

    That's hilarious!!Kids soak in the darnest things. We have been trying to teach my youngest about money by opening her own savings account. She told her teacher she loves to save because she gets interest:-) Message is getting through but she seem closer to 27 than 7:-)

  • septembermom

    I love it! I love, “my mind told me.” These are great. Creative like his mama apparently.

  • Joanna Jenkins

    This is priceless. You'll save this journal for him as a gift for college graduation, right 🙂
    Cheers, jj

  • Pat

    That is so cute. What a great idea–a math journal! He is so creative.

    I didn't realize how often I said “…or otherwise,….” as in “You'd better get a move on or otherwise we're gonna be late,” till I started hearing my middle son (3 at the time) often say to one of his brothers, “…rudderize…(such-and-such would happen).”

  • Not a Perfect Mom

    haha! I love it…
    Blake was writing out sentences about George Washington last week, and he couldn't remember a fact for his 3rd sentence and when I checked it he had written, “he is fantastic!”
    I love it…

  • Heather E

    This is precious! I love how kids are little sponges! 🙂

  • Lisa Noel

    OMG I FREAKING LOVE IT!!! Seriously, I hate the way they do math now? WTH is wrong with just knowing 7 minus 6 is 1 for crying out loud???

  • Michelle

    Susie – I love what they pick up. So cute how she's gotten the part about interest.

    Kelly – He is definitely very creative. I can only imagine what he'll come up with down the road.

    Joanna – I'm pretty sure this is one of the things that will end up in his memory box at the end of this year.

    Pat – I do really like the math journal and how they encourage the kids to solve the problems in their own way rather than teaching a single method.

    Not a Perfect Mom – Very cute. When they're required to write a certain amount, sometimes it's really hard to come up with that last sentence, isn't it?

    Heather – They are definitely sponges. Apparently it's a good thing I don't swear!

    Lisa – I'm actually ok with this way of doing math. There are definitely ways that I don't like that some schools use. He's learning just the facts, too, for use later, but this is a great way for him to learn the concept of division in first grade so that he gets WHY the answers are they way they are (which he needs the why for *every*thing) later as he learns more math.

  • Tara R.

    These journals will be so much fun to look back at years from now. I love Mister Man's explanations of how he solved the problems.

  • Michelle

    Tara – They will. His teacher wrote in what he did over our trip, which is a fun addition. Unfortunately, he's yet to write more on his own, although he's said more than once that he wants to. We'll get there.

  • Steph @ Problem Solvin Mom

    LOLOLOLOL I missed this the first time around…peeking back to review your disney trip in preparation for ours 😉

  • Michelle

    Steph – I think this is hilarious. I can't wait for all your teacher stories, too. And let me know if you have any more Disney questions I can help you with!

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