A riddle, by my newly 9 year old daughter, presented in 20 Questions style, at 7:00am in the morning.
Her: Mama! I have a great riddle!
Me: I'm trying to read the paper, I'll be there in a minute...
Her: But this is SO great.
Her: I'm thinking of something that is whole, but not whole.
Here is what my guessing revealed:
1. Not alive
2. Not an object, but can be (her emphasis)
3. Made of many parts
4. Parts look similar to each other
5. Not a reflection
6. It's in our house and other houses too.
7. We use it every day.
Her: Here's a hint, it relates to math.
8. It's an idea.
9. We use this idea.
10. The idea helps us do stuff around the house
11. Idea helps us do housework.
12. A specific kind of housework? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. Maybe.
13. Helps us clean.
14. Helps us clean inside and outside.
15. Helps mama think about our day
Me: Is it the calendar? [And, because I thought we had gotten to 20 questions I continued] Okay, just tell me!!
Her: IT'S A WHOLE FRACTION!!! Like when you cut carrots into sixteenths [we have never ever counted carrot pieces]. Look...[she takes my pen and writes something like this]:
1 = 1/2
Me: But one isn't equal to one half, is it?
Her: No, but it's a whole half. It's a whole fraction but still a fraction of something.
Me: So you mean the 1 is whole, but when you divide in half, the 1/2 is a new whole?
Her: YES!!! Can I watch Frozen?
I think this calls for a celebratory viewing of this wonderful video: