With Joy in P1, the wife and I had to attend a math seminar at her school for parents to learn how to teach their kids new math at home.
This is one of the questions a Primary Three student may need to do.
If you need help, I will provide the answer later.
My own instinct was to answer, "This is a trick question. There are no flamingos at the Night Safari."
Of course, that would net me a big fat zero at the math exam.
When we got to the classroom for the seminar, my instincts took over and I wanted to sit behind, where I used to sit when I was in Primary and Secondary school. The back row is home to the inattentive and the class clown, where one could lob snide remarks to make the class laugh. The back row was my home ground.
But my wife was of a different upbringing. Ever the conscientious student (read: mugger), she wanted to sit near the front.
We opted to sit in the middle as a compromise. Needless to say, she took all the notes during the seminar/lesson.
The math we had to learn is known as heuristics math. My wife called it "hysterics" by mistake. She may not be that far off.
I really appreciated the teachers taking the time to enlighten and educate us parents. They burned a Saturday morning and the wife and I felt they were real champs for doing this.
The hard part is teaching your kid the concept of Working Backwards Heuristics. The problem is not solving the question. It's teaching your kid how to unpack the question & solve it WITHOUT algebra (since a P1-P3 kid is unlikely to understand algebra anyway).
While I like the idea of teaching these concepts at a young age, it seems that this method of learning math penalizes the child weak in English twice. Once during the Engish paper and the second time during the Math paper.