Today we gave Matt & Ben a free choice for afternoon study – they could do whatever they wanted so long as it was educational.
Ben chose an on-line Spanish lesson. Matt chose to study binary mathematics.
Ben’s chosen activity was interactive, vocal and participative. His attention lasted just as long as there was some on-screen activity. As soon as the lesson was finished he immediately asked “what can I do now, Mum, I’m bored”.
For Matt I wrote down some examples of binary numbers and binary addition, and also some questions for him to work through. He happily sat, quietly concentrating, pencil in hand, and thirty minutes later handed me back the perfectly correct answers, including detailed notes on his calculations.
We love them both. We love that they have their own distinct personalities. Ben the gregarious extrovert, seeking praise and quick to become bored. Matt the studier, the quiet introvert, happiest in his world of books. But sometimes I just can’t believe that they really are twins.