“Mommy, Mommy, I LOOOOVE MATH!”

That’s what my first-grader Rachel has been telling me everyday this week and that makes me a happy camper.

Sure, in kindergarten there was tehcnically “math,” — counting to 100, learning to count by fives and tens, but first-grade is when the *real* math stuff starts. I’m not exactly sure what the teachers are doing (though I’m sure I’ll get clued in at Back-to-School night this week), but I say, “Keep it up!”

I love that Rachel is excited about math. Right now, she says she likes it better than lunch and recess! :O Now the real dilemma will be how to keep her that interested and enthusiastic as it gets harder and when those hormones kick in in junior high.

To help make that a reality, I can see that somewhere down the road I’ve got to get me some math tutoring! Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and then everyday for the rest of Rachel’s school life (my apologies to Casablanca!).

I think I’m up to this week’s homework — collecting, clipping and glueing examples of numbers on the homework sheet! But, in a couple of years this “Everyday Math” is apparently going to be a problem for a math dinosaur like me.

Not that I was bad at it in school. I was actually pretty good at math and aced all that high school stuff. I think when we get to algebra and geometry, I’ll be OK helping Rachel with her math, if she needs it.

But I’m in for some trouble just on the basic stuff because, apparently, there is no more carrying or borrowing, and surely there is no more “ciphering,” as Jethro used to do on The Beverly Hillbillies.

Fortunately, my stepdaughter used to teach this “new new math” when she was an elementary school teacher a few years back, so I’ve got someone I can call on in a pinch. But I can’t believe my own everyday math, that I can manage pretty well, is about to become the most complicating factor in our first-grade homework journey.

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September 24th, 2006 at 5:33 pm

I think it’s wonderful that Rachel likes math so much! But no more carrying or borrowing? Uh oh. I think I’m in trouble too.

September 25th, 2006 at 8:56 am

Oh, they still have carrying and borrowing, they just use fancier terms for them! I had a hard time getting used to the terms – which at this moment I can’t remember.