Preparing for math with my youngest this morning and his lesson about two-part word problems, I asked my son, “If I baked 4 cakes, and then baked 6 more cakes, but then gave 3 away, how many would I have?”

::blank stare::

Prodding, I asked, “What would you do first?”


“Have a slice?”


DS6 loves NASCAR.  Eats, sleeps, and breathes racing.  Colors cars all the time; races his little cars around the diningroom table half the day.  He even used to line up his cars on his NASCAR quilt (it has a track) and make me sing The Star Spangled Banner as part of his nightly bedtime routine.  (He called it “the NASCAR song.”)  Get the idea?  He loves NASCAR.  He’s been like this for at least 3 years.  He knew his numbers (and big ones) early because he learned them from the cars.  DH and I have joked for years that they should have NASCAR math.

DS is into the number 48 lately…most likely because he likes Jimmie Johnson.  Jimmie wins most of DS’ races. 😉 So, today, little boy is playing with the calculator and discovers that 24+24=48.  He gets all excited and comes to tell me.  OK.  Then he proclaims, “Two Jeff Gordons equals Jimmie Johnson!”

See?  NASCAR math.  If they come up with it, I want paid big time. 😉