Pythagorean Vision

Billie: “Did you know that I see math everywhere?”

Me: “You do what now?”

Billie: “I see math. I see it everywhere. It calms me down.”

Me: “How do you see math? Can you explain it to me?”

Billie: “Well look at this tile. It has four sides, right? But inside the square are four quadrants. Each quadrant has its own measurement- Its own number. There are numbers in everything. There are measurements everywhere. And, if those numbers weren’t there, that tile would fall down on top of itself. It can’t stand without its number. And that’s why I like that I see math everywhere. It tells me that things won’t topple down on me. It makes me calm. I like that.”

Pythagorean Vision

Since We’re Talking About: (Differences in Ability)

FLASHBACK: September 1, 2011

The upside to having a kid with asthma is that, while you’re forcing the inhaler to their face urging them to inhale, you can introduce counting. To make the whole “sticking an angry looking plastic thing to your face” experience a little less intense, Doug and I count to ten and make all sorts of silly noises to make the process a little less scary. Plus- once we reach “ten” we stop- it signifys the end and gets her comfortable with counting.

When we started this routine she would try to count with us- but she could only get up to “two.” So it would go something like this:
Doug and I: “One”
Billie: “One”

Doug and I: “Two”
Billie: “Two”

“Three”
“Two”

“Four”
“Two”

“Five”
“Two”

“Six”
“Two”

“Seven”
“Two”

“Eight”
“Two”

“Nine”
“Two”

“Ten!”
“TWOOOOOOO!”

Just last night, though, she got a little more inventive with her counting:

Doug and I: “One”
Billie: “One”

Doug and I: “Two”
Billie: “Two”

“Three”
“TREE”

“Four”
“No.”

“Five”
“More”

“Six”
“I’m”

“Seven”
“All”

“Eight”
“Done”

“Nine”
“FINE”

“Ten!”
“Byeeeeee!”
and then she runs away…

Haha- I love it…

Since We’re Talking About: (Differences in Ability)