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This morning, the open question on the third-grade board was to suggest a pair of homophones. Tani wrote:

π pie
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This morning, the open question on the third-grade board was to suggest a pair of homophones. Tani wrote:

π pie
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Alissa, earlier today, was pretending to have a son. She then explained that her son is older than she is. I asked how that could possibly be, and she replied: "Every day we put him in a spaceship traveling near the speed of light for an hour until he became older than I am." I didn't bother pointing out that she had the twin paradox backwards, because I was so proud that she remembers the twin paradox.

Meanwhile, Tani had a question about... well, here are some photos I just took of the ad-hoc "visual aids" that I made. See if you can guess what his question was about. Cut to spare your friends page )
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Alissa, earlier today, was pretending to have a son. She then explained that her son is older than she is. I asked how that could possibly be, and she replied: "Every day we put him in a spaceship traveling near the speed of light for an hour until he became older than I am." I didn't bother pointing out that she had the twin paradox backwards, because I was so proud that she remembers the twin paradox.

Meanwhile, Tani had a question about... well, here are some photos I just took of the ad-hoc "visual aids" that I made. See if you can guess what his question was about. Cut to spare your friends page )

"am to ma"

Sep. 25th, 2009 09:54 am
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This morning at dropoff, Tani's class whiteboard had the following question: "This is the season of teshuvah, which really means 'turning'. Can you think of something that turns?"

The kids had written in a nice variety of answers. Leaves, steering wheels, merry-go-rounds. Tani wrote:

am
to
ma

His teacher and I looked at him quizzically. He explained, "You can turn the word 'am' around to make the word 'ma'."

That's my boy!

"am to ma"

Sep. 25th, 2009 09:54 am
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This morning at dropoff, Tani's class whiteboard had the following question: "This is the season of teshuvah, which really means 'turning'. Can you think of something that turns?"

The kids had written in a nice variety of answers. Leaves, steering wheels, merry-go-rounds. Tani wrote:

am
to
ma

His teacher and I looked at him quizzically. He explained, "You can turn the word 'am' around to make the word 'ma'."

That's my boy!
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Actually, this is in collaboration with a friend from camp. Tani did "volumes 1 and 3", with number 5 to come; his friend is doing the even-numbered issues.

I don't know how much it will make sense without Tani's explanations, but I give you: The Amazing Adventures of Super Baby!
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Actually, this is in collaboration with a friend from camp. Tani did "volumes 1 and 3", with number 5 to come; his friend is doing the even-numbered issues.

I don't know how much it will make sense without Tani's explanations, but I give you: The Amazing Adventures of Super Baby!
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Tani was reading a library book about fighter jets this morning, and said, "Hey, Abba, listen to this: 'The boys in the class all got Hurricane kites, and the teacher gave Erin a kite with the graceful wings of a Spitfire.'" [I may have the quote a word or two off.]

I responded, "Interesting. What about it?"

Tani: "I don't know. It seems odd. I mean, why should Erin get something different from the boys? I mean, a Spitfire is cool, too. Well, maybe she liked a Spitfire better."

Me: "Did the book say that she liked a Spitfire better?"

Tani: "No. I guess that's what's odd. Why should the teacher think she would want a Spitfire just because she's a girl?"

We had a good conversation after that about sexism, and how even though Erin in the story got a kite with a cool fighter jet, there were still three things wrong with the story: that there's a single girl in the class who is clearly intended to be a token, that the girl got a different kite than the boys did, and that the boy's kites were simply identified as "Hurricanes" while the girl's kite had "the graceful wings" of a Spitfire.

I'm proud of my child for being a sensitive enough reader to be uncomfortable enough with that passage to want to discuss it, even if he couldn't put his finger on why at first.
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Tani was reading a library book about fighter jets this morning, and said, "Hey, Abba, listen to this: 'The boys in the class all got Hurricane kites, and the teacher gave Erin a kite with the graceful wings of a Spitfire.'" [I may have the quote a word or two off.]

I responded, "Interesting. What about it?"

Tani: "I don't know. It seems odd. I mean, why should Erin get something different from the boys? I mean, a Spitfire is cool, too. Well, maybe she liked a Spitfire better."

Me: "Did the book say that she liked a Spitfire better?"

Tani: "No. I guess that's what's odd. Why should the teacher think she would want a Spitfire just because she's a girl?"

We had a good conversation after that about sexism, and how even though Erin in the story got a kite with a cool fighter jet, there were still three things wrong with the story: that there's a single girl in the class who is clearly intended to be a token, that the girl got a different kite than the boys did, and that the boy's kites were simply identified as "Hurricanes" while the girl's kite had "the graceful wings" of a Spitfire.

I'm proud of my child for being a sensitive enough reader to be uncomfortable enough with that passage to want to discuss it, even if he couldn't put his finger on why at first.
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Tani took it upon himself to write a short story today. You can read it on his website.
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Tani took it upon himself to write a short story today. You can read it on his website.
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Overheard at the breakfast table.

Tani: Mama, can you make me a chart with the letters of the alphabet and what number they are in order?

H: You can make that yourself. But why?

Tani: On the back of the Cheerios box it says "Crack the Code" and then there are some letters and blank spaces with numbers underneath them. And the first word is "B - blank - blank - M - blank - blank", which I think should be "BATMAN", and under the B it says "2" and under both spaces where I think it should be "A" it says "1", and B is the second letter of the alphabet and A is the first letter of the alphabet, and the numbers under M and N are 13 and 14 and they're next to each other in the alphabet.

Yes!
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Overheard at the breakfast table.

Tani: Mama, can you make me a chart with the letters of the alphabet and what number they are in order?

H: You can make that yourself. But why?

Tani: On the back of the Cheerios box it says "Crack the Code" and then there are some letters and blank spaces with numbers underneath them. And the first word is "B - blank - blank - M - blank - blank", which I think should be "BATMAN", and under the B it says "2" and under both spaces where I think it should be "A" it says "1", and B is the second letter of the alphabet and A is the first letter of the alphabet, and the numbers under M and N are 13 and 14 and they're next to each other in the alphabet.

Yes!

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