My 10yo does now. She’s my new favorite kid. Don’t worry; I’m fickle. I try to have a new favorite every few hours.
I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy math. I think I may have even told you that while some people think in words or pictures, I’m pretty sure I think in numbers. Math is my primary language, my love language, my childhood sweetheart. Yes, I like math. Math likes me.
Over the years, I’ve tried to teach my older children about other number systems besides our base 10. Have I lost you yet? Theoretically, a number system can have more or less than 10 numerals – it doesn’t have to be zero through nine. Binary is a good introduction, the only one I’ve tried to wrap my brain around.
My 3 oldest didn’t have the will or imagination to grasp the idea. They looked pained. “Nooooo, Mom! I don’t get it! Noooooooooooooooo…” Their voices would trail off in despair while they wondered why I was tormenting them for fun.
But Megan is different. I casually introduced the concept last night, like a puzzle. She took it and ran. She wasn’t content to learn to convert base 10 numbers to and from the binary number system. By the end of the evening, we had learned together how to add and subtract, even borrowing and carrying. She wanted to try multiplication, but I thought we were at a good place to pause.
That’s my girl.
One through ten in binary: