Last week at some point, M asked me how to multiply 3 numbers together. I wanted to remember to pull out the cuisenaire rods to show how it didn’t matter in which order he multiplied them, and of course, that reminded me of edible manipulatives. And including K.
Then they divided the candies (without unwrapping them! Or expecting to eat more than two each when we were done!) between the two, then three, then four, and finally five animals.
Then I pulled out the rods and showed M the patterns of multiplying more than two numbers at time. I couldn’t resist showing him how you can pull apart multiples into their multiples, if it gives you easier numbers to multiply and remember.
M gave me the “This is cool, but I hope you don’t expect me to remember all of it later.” look, and we cleaned up the table, and did dictation and history reading.
So now I just need to get a copy of “And then the Doorbell Rang” to read it to the kids – I think I can get it inter-library loan.