Lovely day, May 15!

Today, we finished all our schoolwork by 9:40!  That’s unprecedented!  For some reason, ever since testing, my ADHD difficult student has been most cooperative, and when that happens, she has extra time to play on Scratch, or practice what she wants to play on piano.  I cannot complain.

Both girls sat through testing a bit over a week ago, and were timed as usual.  (I always follow directions.) They both sat studiously at the table and did their full battery without incident, without fidgeting, and finished within the time limit each time.  I was so pleased!

It could be they are becoming more mature.  That would be a blessing.  I can hardly wait for the test results now.

I did snap pics of the math portion for the 4th grader, and her test answer sheet, so I could see myself how she did.  It’s the only reason to test, as far as I can tell.  If I know what she fell short on, we can review, and work more at that.  I know she did fine on the other subjects, but she’s been struggling with math.  After all, she’s only 9, finishing 4th grade.  I was in 3rd at age 9.

So, after they went home, I did the test myself! Compared my answers to hers, and lo and behold! She did fabulous!  I’m so proud of her!  We did struggle with fractions, converting fractions to whole numbers, and back the other way.  Struggled with converting decimals to fractions, and vice versa.  I think we’ve learned that the struggle is how we learn!

And the entire experience has helped her to gain confidence!  I suspect music lessons help with math, too, but not sure how.

2017….Well, I thought it would be good….

Nothing is more distressing than discovering on the first day of the year, after doing everything right, getting down the tree, putting everything right again, and feeling good about it, that something is terribly wrong for loved ones living elsewhere.

I feel like I have to drop everything andrush to Florida, even though having been told it’s not necessary, premature, and silly.  When we start getting older, siblings tend to look to the eldest to start falling apart first.  Well, she did, but got all fixed, and declared cancer free!  I celebrated hard, thanked God so much all through the holiday season, and was so glad!

Now, though, my younger brother is in trouble.  I do wish doctors could diagnose much quicker, and fix him!  He’s not supposed to be in trouble yet!  He’s the baby of the family!  And I’ve missed him terribly for years!

Life’s not fair.  Waiting for news is scary, and depressing.  And time is dragging, dragging.

May your 2017 be blessed and grand.