After the nightmare of testing day, I came home with a determination to teach Martina how to tell time, measure and count coins.
I tell her: Count out one dollar and seven cents, two different ways. Count out fifty cents twice, in one set of coins there should be two coins and in the other, there should be six coins. Check. I cannot trick her into making a mistake, though she sometimes needs a hint on the more difficult problems I throw her way. If she had to buy a pack of gum, she’d be fine to the penny.
We have a big clock face from a homeschool supply store. I tell her 9:16, 12:01, 10:59, etc. She knows the number of hours in a day, the number of minutes in an hour, the number of times the hands go around in a day. Check, check. Again, I can’t fool her. At all. Not one time. (Notice my clever pun?)
Just now I handed her a ruler and explained the basics: 12″ to a foot; where the half and quarter marks are and sent her off to measure things. The spaghetti box is 11.5″. Her nose is 1.5″. Travis’ foot? 11.5″!!! Gee. I thought this was supposed to be difficult? I mean, we have yet to find out whether or not she understands anything she reads.
Sure thing, lady.