Over supper, Hubby pondered that one of his colleagues had never been to Home Café, one of our very favorite restaurants in town. Baby A piped up, “I’ve been there a million times!” “Maybe a million and a half,” Hubby told her, and then followed that he was teasing, as she hadn’t really been alive for a million days.
That immediately prompted the challenge from Hubby, asking the girls to calculate how many days old they are. I was AMAZED that Baby A persevered until she figured it out!
Hubby gave her some prompts, each of which she answered herself.
There are 365 days in a year, but let’s work with a more round number, 350. What’s 350 x 7? My A broke it down into 300 x 7 = 2,100, and 50 x 7 = 350. So 2,100 + 350 = 2,450.
Hubby then prompted her to add the missing 15 days per year. What’s 15 x 7? She almost immediately answered 105.
So 2,450 + 105? She very quickly answered 2,555.
And your birthday was almost exactly two months ago. How many days ago was that? The girls both chimed in with 60 days.
So 2,555 + 60? And my smart baby girl answered 2,615.
Wow. Seriously, wow.
I was so amazed how she worked through the problem so methodically. I told her in all sincerity that there are plenty of adults who wouldn’t have even tried to do that math. They would have grabbed immediately for their calculators.