Friday, January 16, 2009
Are you smarter than a fifth grader
Years ago when my daughter Kira was in 2nd grade she was very good at art and English. She was put into the gifted program and that is where we discovered Tangoes. I had to go to a meeting with the other parents of gifted kids and it was obvious that these parents were pretty gifted themselves. Me not so much. Anyway the teacher said we were going to do these Chinese puzzles known as Tangrams and it seemed that there wasn't one shape I could make except a square. Of course most of the other parents could do these puzzles quite efficiently. Anyway when I got home I told my daughter and she proceeded to take out her game of Tangoes and do puzzle after puzzle. Okay so I was not as smart as my second grader, never mind fifth grader. Yesterday my 5 year old picked up our old set of Tangoes he found in the house and proceeded to do puzzle after puzzle. Carefully picking up each shape and studying it to see where it was required to be placed to make a house, or a duck, or any other picture he had to make. So I found out I'm not even smarter than a Kindergarter. Who knew? In other words don't let your kids talk you into buying Tangrams unless you get to try them out before they get home from school so you can use the cheats on the back of the cards. This way at least you will seem almost as smart as your kid.