Math for Families with Short Attention Spans

E says he doesn’t ever want to go to school.  In his opinion, this means he will not have to learn anything, ever.  He is absolutely addicted to math videos from the library.  Every time we go, he must check the shelves for new math videos.  He’s four, so that’s cool.  Maybe when he’s five I’ll let him know how much he’s learning…or maybe I’ll wait until he’s six and has moved on to Teaching Company stuff.

Today E wanted to watch a video about Decimals and Percents, and also one about Division.  Sure thing, no prob.  N likes watching them too, though I sense he enjoys being a part of E’s phantom learning more than anything.  During the Division video we had some trouble staying focused.  It went something like this:

Me:  “Oh, look!  I used to have that same horse statue.”

A bit later, when they were dividing out equal piles of cookies for a group of friends:

E:  “Mmm…  Cookies.”

Then these junk food lovers portioned out some jelly beans and the movie cut to…drumroll please…  A pizza party.

N: “Pizza!!!”  Then he rolled around on the couch moaning about pizza for five minutes.

E:  “I wish I could have a bag of jelly beans of my own.”

Me: “There’s the horse, N.  The one above her head!  It has glasses on!”

N: “Piiiiizzzzzzaaaaaa…”

Then a very cheerful mom began explaining some topic that I cannot remember.  While she chatted it became apparent there was only one brownie to be had in the household, but TWO DAUGHTERS!!!  What to do, what to do????  While still talking to the camera, mom cut the brownie in two and the girls pounced on the “halves” like rabid animals.

Me: “That mom didn’t cut the brownies into equal portions.”

N:  “You’re right!!  She didn’t.”  laughs  “I wonder why not.”

Me: “I bet she doesn’t love the one daughter as much as the other.” snicker

N:  “I know!  The bigger piece was an edge piece.  That’s already a better piece *and* bigger!”

E: “Can we have some brownies?”

Now, for the rest of my days on this earth I’ll have to make sure the boys ALWAYS have the same size brownie–or else! 



  1. Dee said,

    June 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    You could always make sure that you always cut the brownies unevenly and alternate who gets the bigger piece…that’ll keep them guessing.

  2. Holly said,

    June 12, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Always have the BOYS cut the brownies. One cuts, the other gets to choose which piece he wants. I guarantee those will be the most evenly divided brownies you will ever see!

  3. LakeMom said,

    October 1, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I am very very serious when I say that we just turned in our teflon cookware today for steel pots and pans in hopes that the lack of teflon coating might possibly help the attention spans of the kids (as it is linked to ADHD). I feel your pain on this.

  4. Kim B. said,

    October 2, 2011 at 10:59 am

    UGH We already use steel pots and pans (thanks mom!)… What do we try next?

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