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I’ll grant I’ve been lazy lately….

It’s so easy to let go.  When my girls don’t show up, there’s nothing to do but play with the dog!  It’s boring day after day.  Oh, I could get quite political, but why bother?  I’m old enough no one wants to know what I think anyway.

But, what if?

What if that thing that bit me today wasn’t a spider?  Suppose it was something that would make me smarter.  What if I had that old magic called wisdom.  Would anyone know?  Would anyone care?  I have quite the ability to waste time, sitting and pondering, stirring around in my head even while the ball game is on, and I can’t focus on it long enough to notice who is up at bat.

Suppose, in the future, we don’t need our bodies anymore, and become just brains that need nourishment, but that nourishment can only be gotten outside, and we can’t get there?

Ok, this SSL certificate needs fixing.  It’s driving me nutty my emails aren’t coming.


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.