How do the words, "The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another" make you feel? A study in the journal Science shows that if you can create the same feeling with your child about math, his or her skills will blossom.
Test yourself: how many creative ideas can you generate for things to eat or drink at Thanksgiving dinner? Now, how many more do you think you could come up with if you persisted in trying again? The answer might surprise you.
Though Calvin's dad's explanations may stretch what we adults consider scientific credibility, they are linear, logical and—at least to the brain of a young child who hasn’t yet pruned branches from the tree of possibilities—perfectly plausible. That’s why Calvin goes back for more: The quality of his dad’s explanations keep him Calvin's oracle of information.