Monday, January 10, 2011

Mathematics

People always say that chinese school students' maths is the best! I always thought that it was based on lots o f memorising of certain formulas.

I have to testify that Brendan's maths amazes me!

Sometime in December last year, we took the kids to a sushi place and halfway eating, Brendan told us how much we've eaten in RM (ringgit currency) based on all the different colour plates that we ate. The coloured plates show difference prices for each colour and the prices are not rounded up, with prices like RM4.90, RM5.90, RM6.90 and something like that.

Hubby and I stared at each other in disbelief and we too started calculating but at a rather slow pace. We didn't expect that to come from Brendan who was only in standard one last year! I only remember doing basic calculations when I was in standard one the last time.

We tested Brendan before by asking him questions like "how old would he, mei-mei and mummy be if Poh-Poh turns 70 years old" or "how old would his baby cousin and kong-kong be if his favourite Uncle K.Leong is 40 years old", etc..  He answered everything correctly, and that was last year. He showed me his formula but I just don't seem to understand his way of calculating cos it just doesn't seem to gel with my formula! But the answers are always correct!

I'm impressed!!

11 comments:

Alice Law said...

Ohhh.. your boy is definitely gifted in math(perhaps physic and science too)!! Please nurture him and keep his good work up, he will definitely bloom when he grows older!

Keep well and have a nice day!

michelle@mybabybay said...

I tasted that when I was in secondary school because one gal from Chinese school came. She did the math exam paper in 30 mins when all of us are struggling to finish within an hour. And she always get 100%.

For the 5.90, 4.90, 6.90....I will calc 6+5+7 = 18.00 - 0.30 = 17.70. I read a book that usually the fastest way to do math is to do it from the right side. Our school teaches on the left side, which is not the most efficient.

Karen said...

He loves Maths indeed. I'll try to ask him one day how he did that.
Standard one math syallabus?? Wow!

Babysmooches said...

Alice, I wouldn't say it's gifted cos I think this applies to most of the chinese school students. He certainly has interest in maths and science. Not sure about physics but he's developed an interest in robotics systems :-)
Michelle, that's how I would calc too, but not with Brendan. He somehow has his own way. But mistakes do happen sometimes too.

Babysmooches said...

ya, Karen, he loves maths but don't overask him cos he gets bored :P it's not about the syllabus, I think it's about how their brains are programmed based on what they study in school.

chanelwong said...

well done Brendan...

reanaclaire said...

yes, even my malay colleagues remarked that.. chinese school students are good in maths and science.. but i dindt know that tha they have a "secret" formula.. yes, your son is fast! i m slow one..

Babysmooches said...

Thanks Chanel and reanaclaire :-) I hope he "sustains" well :-)

Allyfeel said...

Wow...so no extra tuition also can count so well? He must have been gifted in some ways...:) Clever boy.

Babysmooches said...

Allyfeel, in a way, he does get some help at his old kindy. Something like "an-chin ban", which gives them exercises to do to "exercise" their brain :P

Health Freak Mommy said...

Branden sounds like a very smart boy! Normally kids who are good in Math will excel in their studies.

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