The Continuing Adventures of SuperPreemie

How we are hosed, part seven billion

Posted on: August 22, 2010

This evening as we were brushing Shoshanna’s teeth, she and I were discussing the fact that underwear come only in even sizes. She’s kind of known her odds and evens up to 100 or so for a while… If you asked her to count by even numbers she’d dutifully rattle off 2-4-6-8-10 but we’d never talked about the logic of it before. So tonight I explained that you know a number is even if you can divide it into two parts that are the same number. She got that logic right away. When Matthew came upstairs to tuck her in I told him about this and he asked her, “So is 3 an even number?”. She said yes, and he questioned her on it.
“Can you split three into two piles the same size?”
“Yes, Daddy! You just have to split one of them in half!”

So then she got a short explanation of fractions.


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