Well, I’ve been trying. I’ve really been trying to get school done amidst other things. I give from now until we finish our Macbeth performance. This afternoon, we’re off to an important milestone for a family member and to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mother. Then we’re back and it will be almost time to do the Scottish play.
In the last week, I’ve spent much of the week down in the basement trying to stem the tide of water from leaky pipes and then trying to get the moisture up out of the industrial carpet once they fixed the pipes. It didn’t help that it was rainy at the start of the week. Or that my entire front yard was dug up and that the grit in the new pipes busted the upstairs toilet. All fixed now, but it feels like putting out fires. Oh, or mopping up water.
We did get a little school in. Here’s a math problem I made the kids do on Monday morning: If the tank of the wet vac holds 2 and a half gallons of water and I’ve filled it nine times since yesterday, then how many gallons of water have I taken out of the basement?
Mushroom’s method: 9 x 2 = 18 and 9 x ½ = 4 ½ and 18 + 4 ½ = 22 ½
Very simple, very straightforward. And very Miquon. He got it quickly.
BalletBoy’s method: 2 and ½ is like $2.50 and that’s like 250. So 9 x 250. Hmm… Oh, 10 x 250 = 2500 and 2500 – 250 = 2250. Okay, so 2250? No, that’s too big.
It was slow going. I talked him through what he had done when he moved the decimal the first time and he moved it back and got the right answer. Totally different method. Totally good math reasoning. Just missing some pieces. And made it too complex.