I am Amanda Bean and I love math. I know all about counting. I am very good at it. I can count by ones, twos, fives, and tens. I can add up anything. The kids at school call me Bean Counter.
“Hey! What are you counting, Bean Counter?” they yell.
“Anything and everything!” I yell back. “I just like to know how many.”
I count every day, even when I am on my way home from school.
Now we are learning about multiplying. I understand many things about multiplying. What I do not know are the multiplication facts. My teacher says it is important to learn these. I am not so sure. I think I can just keep counting. I tell my teacher this. He agrees, but he says counting is a longer way to find the same answer.