I decided to start teaching John Paul addition the other day, since he's had mastery of numbers for months now. We used his little magnadoodle to help get the basic vocabulary down - plus sign, equal sign, etc. Obviously the short attention span doesn't help, so we talked about "Plus 1" for a while, and what that means. He didn't get it immediately, of course. We used fingers, plastic easter eggs, coasters... And then I thought we were done for the day.
Until I heard, "Addin'! Pwus one EQWUWS! ADdin'!" Finally I realized he wanted to do more addition! He brought me the magnadoodle and basket of eggs and we practiced some more. He's been asking for more "ADdin'" several times a day since, but even with the number line I printed out, it hasn't quite been getting into his head.
Yesterday at Target, though, we found some addition flashcards in the dollar section. Those were his "treat" that he got to play with while we were going through the store. It was a little ridiculous how happy they made him - "PWUS one EQWUWS!!! ADDIN'!!!" And then he started "getting" it... He sat through the entire grocery section talking to us, saying, "One pwus one eqwuuuuuuws... TWO! AND! Two pwus one eqwuuuuuuuws... FWEE!" And so on and so forth up through 22 +1, which was apparently his limit.
Sometimes I'm sad that he's so huge for his age, because it doesn't look as impressive when he does these things and people think he's 3. But I suppose that would be impressive for a 3-year-old, too.
I have a feeling that if we end up not being able to homeschool him, he's going to be a little bit bored once he gets in a real classroom...