"Sure I can! I replied ( I was hoping and praying she could. Actually I knew she could. I was teaching her son second grade math.)
"What area does he think you don't understand?" I probed.
"Well, I think two digit addition has changed its terms since I was girl. I know all about carrying numbers from the ones to the tens place, but regrouping the numbers is new to me," she answered.
"They really mean the same thing, but the term regrouping appears in our text book and will be on the state test," I clarified.
"Well, I keep slipping up and using the old term when he is doing homework. Could you please tell my son that the terms mean the same thing? He doesn't believe me! I really want to help him with his work," she said with a deep sigh.
"I will first thing tomorrow unless you think I need to talk to him now," I told her.
"Tomorrow will be just fine. (deep sigh) Thank you! I feel so much better," she said as she hung up the phone.
Last Wednesday JDaniel and I were sitting having our afternoon snack and he shared with me a song he was learning about short vowel sounds at school. I know it was about short vowel sounds, because I heard the sounds in the song. I honestly couldn't understand any of the other words. After singing the song, he announced that it was homework to practice the song. How can I help him practice a song if I don't know the words I thought. If we practice it the way he is singing it, he is going to put it into long term memory all jumbled up.
When I asked him to help me unscramble the words in the song I didn't understand in the song, he said that is just the way the teacher does it. That statement made me remember that phone call from so long ago. I didn't call or even e-mail his teacher, but I did think about it. I would love to know how the song is really suppose to go.