Numeracy

Helena has found a new function on her phone that isn’t a phone (it has no SIM card, it’s mainly for audio books) a very special function- the calculator. It has been a toy for several days now. She gets excited to show me new numbers and explains how she got them. She gave her grandfather and I puzzles with the numbers but the symbols missing.

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We have been asked to give her problems to solve..

Today she found some new functions and she came rushing up saying she discovered a number changer. A big changer… tan?

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I have been asked to video her using the calculator. We have checked her calculator against my calculator- same answers thankfully.

So far in our discussions we have talked about the: decimal point, the comma, the various symbols, + versus the x. ÷ and – and recently cos and tan. Starting on negatives… It’s been quite the conversation starter and not at all lecture like.

She has also watched a Ted talk by a very young guy about the golden rule! It was more on the fibonacci series which she has heard of and it had pictures but all the way to the end.

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However she doesn’t want me to read this to her as it’s too boring.

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