This week our arrival activity was Christmas Riddles. The children were working on word problems that used Christmas characters. I was working with one child who has a difficult time writing numbers and with number sense. He wrote "21" on his paper instead of "12." When I reminded him to fix it, this is what he said:
M: "But I like the number 21 better!"
Me: "Why? What is so special about 21?"
M: "Well I want to be 21 so I can be Santa."
Me: "I'm 21, am I old enough to be Santa?"
M: "Well maybe he is just a little bit older."