I came to a startling realization today. As I sat at the kitchen table and looked over Hope's Algebra homework, by question 4 I had to ask her to fetch me my calculator... and quick! I used to think I was good at math-I even thought that I had inherited my Grandpa Mac's mathematician mind... but I was wrong. Horribly, horribly wrong.
The one thing missing was the Teacher's Manual for Algebra.
Schools should really hand those out to parents. It would make helping your child much easier... that way your kid does not think you are math inept and can barely balance a checkbook.
Between you and me... homeschooling was much easier.
#1 I had teacher manuals that gave me all of the answers making me look like a GENIUS.
#2 We didn't have to wake up at O'dark thirty in order to get dressed, eat breakfast, drive to school, wait for 20 minutes in the drop off line, and wait 30 minutes to maneuver out of the parking lot.
#3 We could do school in our pj's.
#4 We could do school when we were sick laying on the couch under warm blankets and hot tea by our side.
#5 There was no homework.
#6 There was no homework.
#7 Did I mention that there was no homework?
But we love school... we really do. It makes life easier... it really does. You believe me right?
In other parts of my life... have you ever gone to a School Fundraiser at a restaurant? The kind where all of the families in the school go to a certain restaurant and your school gets part of the money that you spend? These are great aren't they? Especially when you go to a Catholic School where all of the families have no less than 4 kids each and they are all running around rampant at the local pizza joint. It is enough to drive a woman who is trying to remember Algebra over the edge.
Thank God pizza joints serve beer. Beer is good... by the end of dinner I was saying "Children? What children?" Oh... and I may have said "Algebra? What do you need Algebra for? You'll never use it again-I promise!"
Stupid beer at the pizza joint. At least the school will be able to buy a few new computers with my bar tab. Score!