Katie is becoming what could best be described as an Absolutist (but not in the New Thought sense). Yesterday she brought home a homework page (yes, Kindergarten homework 😛 ). The page described a game where you roll a die and put either a red or yellow marker on the shapes drawn on the same page with the number of sides that match the number rolled (e.g. 3 = triangle, 4 = rectangle, square, etc.). The picture of the die on the page was a red die with the number “5” showing (not the dots the way you would normally see a die).
Katie asked me for a die so we could play the game. I offered her a blue die with the dots. “This won’t work”, she said. She pointed to the picture and said, “it’s a red one with numbers. Not blue with dots and besides, its not the same size.
I responded by asking, “If I roll a big die, will you be able to see the number and match it to the shape”?
“Yes”, she said. “I guess it can be a different size die, but it’s blue, not red”.
I responded again, asking, “If I roll a blue die, will you be able to see the number and match it to the shape”?
“Yes”, she said. “I guess it can be blue, but it has dots, not numbers on it”.
I responded again, asking, “If I roll the die and you can count the number of dots, will you be able to match it to the shape”?
“Yes”, she said. “I guess we can use the bigger, blue die with the dots. What’s important is being able to know the number and match the shape”.
We finally got to what was important about playing the game.