Aliza needs help with her homework! Subtraction, 2nd grade. The problem is
11 - 7 =
It's too hard! She wails, groans, throws her head down onto the table with all the drama a 2nd grader can muster. I ask "Will it be easier if I make up a story?"
"yeah....."she grunts into the table.
"Okay, you have 7 dollars in your purse. We are shopping at Once Upon A Child and you find an awesome, authentic American Girl outfit for sale, for 11 dollars. That's kind of a lot for a used outfit, but you want it bad. You have 7 dollars. How much do I have to spot you, in order for you to have enough for that expensive outfit?"
She raises her head and looks interested. She looks at the ceiling, and appears to be counting to herself. She taps her pencil on the table.