The other day, my former student, Maria LoCicero was in the school to pick up her sister, Melissa. She asked me if the Counting King had come to my math class yet this year. I admitted he hadn't, but I would make sure he came soon.
For years the Counting King has assisted me in teaching math. He loves math but often gets terribly confused.
Yesterday, when he made his appearance, he was showing the children how he could count 12 base balls and show it as a math equation: 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1=12, but he was so discouraged because it takes so long. A cry went up from a student, "Try counting by 2's". He did and was so excited, 2+2+2+2+2+2=12. Someone else suggested: "Try by 4's". Another said, "Do 5+5+2". After many combinations had been put on the board, the king asked if maybe there was another way to do the problem? Just then in came the king's "foofoo" dog, Gigi. Gigi barked and barked but the king didn't understand. Finally, Gigi barked, "multiply".
"Multiply? What is that?", the king asked.
Children tried to help. "It means times!"
The king thought of a clock. The children squealed, "Not that kind of time."
A child said, "You use this", and drew a "x" on the board.
The king was more perplexed, "What does the letter x have to do with math?"
Unfortunately, the king was left in a baffled state because it was time for snack. Maybe tomorrow we help the king with his confusion.