### Subtraction stories

This was just so cute.

Background: We've been looking at some subtraction stories with pictures in a book called "MIMOSA Moving Into Math" (you might find it at eBay) with my three-year old daughter. Well one evening here recently, *somehow* her mind started working, and suddenly, totally spontaneously, she came up with this story:

"Mommy, I have a subtraction story: There were three potties at first. But then mommy broke one (

Then she proceeded to help me with rinsing the dishes and the stories continued: "I have four spoons to rinse. I rinse one, and now there's three left to rinse!"

I said how about one with bananas. She said, "YES! There were ten bananas originally. Then, we ate one. And there are 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10... (

(My husband does like bananas quite well.)

After dishes she still made some more with the plastic bears and such.

What a moment of joy for the teacher - makes me thankful!

Background: We've been looking at some subtraction stories with pictures in a book called "MIMOSA Moving Into Math" (you might find it at eBay) with my three-year old daughter. Well one evening here recently, *somehow* her mind started working, and suddenly, totally spontaneously, she came up with this story:

"Mommy, I have a subtraction story: There were three potties at first. But then mommy broke one (

*which is very true! - I did manage to break a potty a few days ago*), and so now there are only two left."Then she proceeded to help me with rinsing the dishes and the stories continued: "I have four spoons to rinse. I rinse one, and now there's three left to rinse!"

I said how about one with bananas. She said, "YES! There were ten bananas originally. Then, we ate one. And there are 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10... (

*she had to count up*).. NINE left for DADDY!"(My husband does like bananas quite well.)

After dishes she still made some more with the plastic bears and such.

What a moment of joy for the teacher - makes me thankful!