# Miss Multiplication

posted march 12th, 2012 by ava

ava: mommy, do you know what 4 times 4 is?

cailin: nope. what is it, ava?

ava: 16!

*up to this point, this is an unremarkable conversation. i taught ava the very basics of multiplication with really low numbers (like 2x3). recently, in kindergarten they worked on a story problem that involved the concept of 4 groups of 4 being 16. ava correctly recognized that as multiplication, which is cool, but not entirely surprising.*

ava: mommy, what's 4 times 5?

cailin: wow, ava that's a hard one. *(thinks to self...no way in hell does she know this one...)*

ava: it's the same as 2 times 10!

ava: and that's 20!

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