I was trying to explain to Sprite with the help of Intellectual Dabrowski why the answer to the maths problem was 5 and not 2.
We were going quite well until the other Dabrowski dogs joined the conversation.
Intellectual:” It is really very easy. I am sure Sprite really understands the tables and the number grid and the formulas. She probably just wrote the number facing the wrong way. I told her she should check it again and she didn’t!”
Sensual: “No, it is not just really easy! Sprite did check it again but the numbers don’t look the same in the book. In the book the numbers are just flat and black on white paper but really they should be 3D and all different colours. The colours all have different smells too.”
I had wondered before whether Sprite had a degree of synaesthesia https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/what-colour-is-christmas/ and had spent some time researching it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia and http://eideneurolearningblog.blogspot.com/2005/02/autism-imagery-synesthesia-and-genius.html and http://www.mixsig.net/
And then, of course, little Imaginational Dabrowski wanted to add some embellishment to Sensual’s comment.
Imaginational:” And all the numbers have characters and stories too. Two is a graceful swan. Maybe Sprite thought she needed a graceful swan to balance the equation.”
We have used Allie Golon’s maths strategies for Visual Spatial Learners http://www.visual-learners.com/support-files/nbf-6-9-10.pdf and one of these was to create poems or pictures or stories about maths facts.
We have also used the memory training methods on the Memory Sports website at http://memory-sports.com/category/memory-techniques/
And I have shown Sprite how numbers can be turned into pictures as a mnemonic devise for remembering lists such as the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2–17 and Deuteronomy 5:6–21)
“It IS really simple! She understands it. She just drew the number backwards!” reiterated Intellectual.
“I’m not sure now” said Sprite.
Emotional Dabrowski pressed her head against Sprite in a comforting way.
“Ok how about we work through the problem again “I said “Let’s illustrate it with butterflies”
“I like butterflies” said Imaginational “they are so pretty and they float around on the air currents. I could watch them all day!”
“Why bother counting them when you can chase them?” called Psycho Motor as he rushed outside.
“I want to go outside now!” said Sprite.