After our conversation in the car Ben wanted to know what the square root of 25 was... so I wrote on a card for him:
/1=1, /4=2, /16=4, /9=3 [i'm not sure how to get the square root symbol in HTML]
I said he should be able to figure out the square root of 25 on his own...
At first he guessed wildly, then he stared at the card for a while, then he put it away. This morning I gave him a math worksheet and told him to finish it while I got dressed and ate breakfast. I came back to find he had not done a single problem.
"What happened?!" I asked.
"I was thinking!" he replied.
So I went to fold laundry while he did the math worksheet. A few minutes later he came running into my room waving the card, "I figured it out!! The answer is 5, isn't it?! Because if you do 5, 5 times you get 25! I checked it and they all work!"