Comments: My Fourth Time in Fifth Grade

"I hate borrowing, so I decided not to."

Oh, that made me laugh! I have not heard that one before! He's a caution, Bou!

Maybe he'd like to do it like this:

23.51 - 19.87 = (20 - 10) + (3 - 9) + (.5 - .8) + (.01 -.07) = 10 - 6 -.3 - .06 then crunch it left to right.

I know it's a little weird, but it's how I do it when I don't have a calculator and I have to do it in my head.

Posted by PeggyU at September 24, 2009 09:34 PM

He hasn't learned parens yet!!

BTW, I am sending that site you gave me to my student. She and I are going to go on Safari around her house looking for slopes. She just doesn't know it yet. We're going to be calculating slopes of everything I can find.

Posted by Bou at September 24, 2009 09:50 PM

Oh, oh, oh...that states song was also done by the Animaniacs! I miss them so much.

Posted by Mrs. Who at September 24, 2009 10:16 PM

LOL, Bou! Take her to the park and make her go down the slide :)

Posted by PeggyU at September 24, 2009 10:57 PM

Memorizing the state capitals has to be the most extreme waste of time in the entire school experience. What are they thinking?

Posted by Carl Brannen at September 25, 2009 05:04 PM

Carl- Thank you. We were just wondering that.

Meanwhile, this frickin' song, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Columbus is the capital of Ohio...

Seriously, he has so much homework and we're memorizing something that will get him NOWHERE in life.

Posted by bou at September 25, 2009 06:39 PM

Borrowing is optional? Answers like that would make me tear my hair out and go on an extended rant that would make Jack Nicholson proud. Unfortunately my kids tended to give such lame excuses when they were younger as well.

Memorizing state capitols? I remember doing it as extra credit back in third grade. The only use I have for it these days is something to brag about. Otherwise useless trivia rattling in my head.

Posted by diamond dave at September 26, 2009 05:12 AM

So the blonde bragged about knowing all the state capitols. "Go ahead", she dared, "Ask me."

"What's the capital of Oregon?"

"That's easy", she said. "It's O."

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Sometimes I don't borrow when I subtract. I pay back. That's how my parents were taught. I'd link to the appropriate Tom Lehrer video but MuNu doesn't like YouTube.

Posted by Denny at September 28, 2009 03:58 PM