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Negative- years old

Yesterday Special K asked "What happened when I was negative-years old?" I replied "Well, we don't normally say negative-years old. Do you mean before you were born?" Special K nodded then said trimphantly "I'm going to tell Daddy you said that there's no such thing as negative-years old!" We talked about what happened before she was born. Later I talked to C, "The child can't even count above twenty and you're introducing negative numbers!" C shrugged and said "She asked 'What comes before zero?' So I told her about negative numbers. I tried to explain it by using age as an example." I smiled, shook my head and said "Poor kid." C said "Well she has to learn these math concepts eventually." I just laughed. But I guess she does understand negative numbers.

So there you have it. Negative-years old -- negative numbers as explained to a 3 year-old by C. Stayed tuned for more math concepts.


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Mar. 28th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
My kids know all sorts of weird concepts. Though it took Julianne some time to stop watching to see if she could see the water vibrating while it was boiling. ;)

Totally, just let her go. The important thing is to introduce concepts as they have the questions, so they get the idea that learning is fun and there are interesting things hidden in academia.
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
I agree. Kids ask all sorts of questions, and answering them as they come up will teach them not only to be curious, but also to follow their passion. Who knows? With questions like "What comes before zero?" at 2 years of age (or three?), either way, she could be either a) a genius, or b) a math genius.

Mar. 29th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
Wow. Your kids = highly awesome.
Apr. 3rd, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
negative numbers
This cracks me up. Tell C that as far as I'm concerned, any and all numbers from Algebra1 on are imaginary numbers...

Brigid '78
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