Preschooleristics: 9 Quotable Math Moments

Please note: I’ve been compiling quotations ever since the last one, so some of these come from the 3-year-old E, and some from the 4-year-old one. Just to be clear, since four is important.

Recently, we’ve noticed that he’s picking up on learning about numbers, size, speed, and measurement.

1. While playing with his Hot Wheels (every one of whose names he knows): “Retro Active goes infinity plus one and eighty percent fast!”

2. “Daddy, tonight I’m gonna let you sleep eighty-one kilometres.”

3. “I have thirty-nine cars. That’s the highest number there is.” (Actually, he has an embarrassingly much larger number of cars than that.)

4. Looking at our family around the dinner table: “Hey! Boy, girl, boy, girl. We’re a pattern family!”

5. “If the wind was seventy-one strong, it could blow us right out of town.”

6. When counting down his crayons, “This one’s the fourth, then the third, then the tooth.” (Or twoth, I suppose.)

7. While discussing the new cup he would get now that he’s four: “Yeah. It’ll be slightly larger than this cup.”

8. Having arranged his stuffies in order: “I made an echo. Look: bigger, mediumer, smaller.”

9. And a conversation with Mommy about upcoming festivities, shortly before his birthday:

E: I hate this!!

Mommy: You hate having a birthday?

E: No, I hate this terrible situation! This situation where three days is such a long time!

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10 thoughts on “Preschooleristics: 9 Quotable Math Moments

  1. emerge says:

    That situation is THE WORST. Or at any rate, slightly eighty-one percent worse than the situation where two days is a long time.

  2. i always felt that mathematics should be a malleable discipline! right on, E!
    there is an equally terrible situation where two weeks is such a short time! 81% shorter on an island than in real life.

  3. Carrie says:

    M’s new favourite quote: “it’s because you need a four years olds to do it Mom”. Or “only 4 years olds can do that Mom”. Amazing how 4 is SO much bigger and better-er than 3!
    Love to you all and hope for a splash pad date one day in 2013…..lol

  4. Mama says:

    Yep, yep! I find that hateful situation where 3 days is such a SHORT time to be more prevalent and a lot more problematic – but then it’s because I’m infinity plus 1 older than your local 4-year-old.

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