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Posted: July 9th. 2016 7:14:12 PM
by Radko Vacek
Age Group: Adult
In Honor of Chance,
my eleven-year-old friend and tutorial pupil.
"Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand"
And a whole world to count, in a jelly bean!
One eye, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,
And two more on his teddy bear, make ten,
The number of eyes on my tie,
With Garfield and company!
High five, Chance! You passed the teddy bear test!
Yes, counting two, four, six, eight, ten,
Is confusing at first, but then
With practice it gets easier, and faster!
Oh no! Learning math doesn't have 2b
A "to be or not to be" matter, like a tombstone.
If it is, whatever we thought you had there
Firmly between your ears last week
Since has disappeared, all into thin air!
Now that's the magic not to do!
Let's do the matheMAGICs of the jelly beans!
Let's group them by twos, threes, fours -
Two, four! Three, six, nine! Let's do more!
Four, eight, twelve, sixteen!
See? We can stack the groups into squares -
Two by two, three by three, four by four,
Wow! Five by five makes twenty-five
Whole jelly beans in this square!
Learning math (learning anything!) should be
Like doing the magic of being alive.
If you're dead serious about it all,
You're out of touch! You won't learn much,
And you're like Humpty Dumpty,
Heading for a great fall.
Author's Notes: "Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand" -
William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
"You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by the way he eats jelly beans."
the late President Ronald Reagan
Author's Location: Toledo, Ohio
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