Mental Math

Afternoon by the Sea (Gravesend Bay), a pastel...

Gravesend Bay (William Merritt Chase, 1888)

Mother, graciously interrupting her own story to introduce the cast members to The Four-Year-Old: “We are talking about my cousin, who you probably don’t remember, because you were too young when you met him.”

The Four-Year-Old: “How young?”

Mother, hedging her bets because she can’t quite remember when she was last saw this particular cousin: “Less than two.”

The Four-Year-Old: “That would be one, Mommyo.”

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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2 Responses to Mental Math

  1. tirane93 says:

    and you want to wait on those fibonacci videos?


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