Saturday, April 18, 2009

Frankly Speaking on His New "Math Curriculum"

Ten Copycats in a Boat, originally uploaded by stephmanuel1980.

Frank (age 5) is really taken with a book I picked up at St. Vinnie's a few days ago: Ten Copycats in a Boat and Other Riddles. He managed to memorize most of the answers to the riddles after just one reading (even though he doesn't quite "get" all of them yet) and tells me that the book is his math book because it's a math book for beginners and you have to guess things. (This is partly because his next two older siblings have math books with read-aloud word problems that he overhears quite a bit.)

He was completely astonished when (after his big sister read it to him but I hadn't opened it yet) I correctly guessed the answer to the first riddle he asked me: "Ten copycats were sitting in a boat, and one jumped out. How many were left?" :)

One more funny thing. When he had me re-read the book to him last night, he remembered most of the answers, but got a little flubbed up on this one:

"Why shouldn't you tell secrets on a farm?"

He started to stay something about a banana (and you have to admit that bananas are funny things) before he corrected himself. The correct answer, of course, is: "The corn has ears. The potatoes have eyes. And the beanstalk."


Mary G said...

This does sound like fun ... I checked and our library has this and many others by Schwartz -- looks like we'll be doing a "study" of his collections of folklore, riddles, and general silliness!

Enjoy your Easter season!

Theresa said...

So cute!(adding to list)

Margaret in Minnesota said...

I love your reviews, Alicia, and I trust them, sight unseen! (A copy of Copycats has been ordered.)

Margaret in Minnesota said...

Our copy of Ten Copycats just arrived and ALL the kids loved it, but 4-year-old Angela loved it most of all. :)