In ‘Real World Math’, Richard makes math fun and engaging to kids, while satisfying their innate desire to understand how things work. Richard figures that if he can make math fun for kids that it will also satisfy their curiosity and point their energy in a positive direction.
Somewhere between the comforting ride in a car seat putting them down for a nap and the begging for the keys when they want to drive themselves to mall, lie the “are we there yet?” years of roughly 5 – 14.
And despite what, to our logical adult minds should be the obvious answer – that we are quite plainly still somewhere in the woods between the river and grandma’s house — the refrain goes on, usually met either by the stock Dad answer of ‘not yet, still a ways to go’ or the more effective and time-tested mom-answer of “who wants a snack?”
But, if you’re like my family and a cross-state drive is not an unusual occurrence in delivering the grandchildren to grandparents at the holidays or just for visit, you know that all the DVDs, car bingo games, coloring books, and sticky, salty snacks that seek out the nether regions of the seat belt wells in the back seat are not enough to stave off that eternal question of children trapped in the car. No, not even tales of how Mom and Dad used to have to suffer this exact same kind of torture sans an overhead DVD player or the Internet.