On a plate there were some sweets: 1 chocolate, 2 mints, and 2 toffees.
Peter has eaten one sweet more than Julie.
How many sweets has Julie eaten if there is nothing left on the plate?
Julie has eaten ___ sweets.
This was on Cam’s math page yesterday. The only picture is one of an empty dish. He had no problem answering this question…he just looked at it, thought for a moment, and then wrote the answer. I, on the other hand, had an initial reaction of “WE MUST WRITE AN EQUATION! X=THE NUMBER OF SWEETS JULIE HAS EATEN.” Fortunately for Cameron, I bit my tongue. He just gets it.
I love seeing his little mind already wrap around algebraic concepts in first grade!
And this reminded me of a conversation that Matt Damon and Minnie Driver once had in Harvard Square:
Will: Do you play the piano?
Skylar: A bit.
Will: Okay, when you look at a piano you see Mozart, right?
Skylar: I see “Chopsticks.”
Will: Beethoven, okay. He looked at a piano, and it just made sense to him. He could just play.
Skylar: So what are you saying? You play the piano?
Will: No, not a lick. I mean, I look at a piano, I see a bunch of keys, three pedals, and a box of wood. But Beethoven, Mozart, they saw it, they could just play. I couldn’t paint you a picture, I probably can’t hit the ball out of Fenway, and I can’t play the piano.
Skylar: But you can do my [organic]-chem paper in under an hour.
Will: Right. Well, I mean when it came to stuff like that… I could always just play.