A fellow blogger recommended
Greg Tang's series of living math books that target dynamic thinking. I got a copy of Math Appeal: Mind-Stretching Math Riddles (for free at Paperbackswap--if you sign up, my email address is tammyglaser798 at earthlink dot net). Pamela blew me away today with how quickly she figured out that she could count the peas in groups of eleven! While she has an eye for patterns, she cannot count a box of toothpicks spilled onto the floor a la Rainman. I love how quickly her mind works as you can see in the video.
Pamela surprised me greatly today. She handed me this postcard mailed to us to generate donations for victims of Hurricane Gustav. She said to me in a meaningful way, "It's the Gulf Coast."
I was curious if she knew where the Gulf Coast was because it is not something I have explicitly taught her. I asked, "What states are on the Gulf Coast?"
She quickly answered, "Louisiana" (where many of our relatives live).