Category Archives: Math

“What’s the line in a fraction called?”

While we were at lunch last week, The Ten-Year-Old’s mind turned to fractions, as fifth grade minds are prone to do. She had learned in school that the top number in a fraction is called a numerator, while the bottom number is the denominator, so naturally she wondered what the little line in the middle was called. Continue reading

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“What was the significance of the number 4 in medieval France?”

That tennis post I did last week keeps generating questions for those of us here at Caterpickles Central.  Chasing down potential answers to them has proved surprisingly entertaining, so I thought I’d do a quick follow-up post this morning to share what we’ve … Continue reading

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“Why won’t that pedestrian just cross the road?”

Mommyo, exasperated while driving through an undisclosed intersection in Chicago: “There are pedestrians walking in 5 different directions here, which is sort of amazing, because there are only 3 pedestrians. Why won’t these guys just cross the road?” Daddyo: “The answer is … Continue reading

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“If you ate only spinach, how much spinach would you have to eat to maintain your weight?”

The Eight-Year-Old wandered into the kitchen the other day while I was prepping a blueberry and spinach smoothie. While watching me stuff the blender with spinach and almond milk, she asked, “Mommyo, if you ate only spinach, how much spinach would you have … Continue reading

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“Daddyo, do you have an imaginary friend?”

Overheard in The Five-Year-Old’s room during storytime… The Five-Year-Old, curiously: “Daddyo, do you have an imaginary friend?” Daddyo, carefully: “No.” The Five-Year-Old, sadly: “Oh.” A slight pause and then The Five-Year-Old, brightly: “How about I give you one of my … Continue reading

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Mental Math

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 … Continue reading

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In Which My Daughter Explores the Fuzzy Logic of Cat Math

My daughter’s favorite car game at the moment is spotting satellite dishes on the homes and businesses we drive by. She’s very good at it, much better than either of her parents, who tend to be easily distracted by shiny … Continue reading

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