Sunday, March 09, 2008

"No Mum, *I'll* do the sums and *you* do the answers."

"Oh! Ok then.."



























It worked very well actually. Duplo (the nearest county thing I could find) worked very well when I ran out of available fingers.

We were doing fine until it came to one-shared-by-three, then we reverted to chopping up a slice of bread and sharing it around three of us.

"No, we've still all got one piece each.." said Lyddie, quite truthfully.

I think we'll leave the concept of thirds to another day. Good excuse to bake a cake ;-)

12 Comments:

Blogger Lynn said...

How adorable:-)
I have a blog award for you and if you would like to collect it pop over to mine xx

7:34 pm, March 09, 2008  
Blogger Minnie said...

Annie really hates maths..on paper especially. (no "evidence for the lea inspector, then!! lol) She much prefers to do mental arithmetic and will just blank me with concentration if I try and explain. She just has to figure it out for herself. She doesn't trust anyone else for the answer. Very frustrating....for me!!

8:35 pm, March 09, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

Thanks Lynn! Have added that to my sidebar, linking to the post on your blog :-)

Wow, I'm feeling quite... whew! I'd like to thank my psychiatrist, my masseur.. my NLP analyst... my podatrist... *Poses for the photos* ;-)

Min, this was on whiteboard. Might Annie prefer those? Wilkinsons do some reasonably priced ones, if you've got one near you. I can relate to her not trusting anyone for the answer. I'm much the same myself!

I'm reading this book ATM, which is about someone who didn't trust anyone else for the answers either, and it's really got me thinking about how we trust and relate to other people. I'll probably blog my thoughts on it when I've come up with anything that's worth saying.

10:12 am, March 10, 2008  
Blogger Augustin Moga said...

RE: Into The Wild. This is one of a few books that I just couldn't stop reading when I picked it up in a bookshop few years ago. Honestly, it screwed all my plans for that Saturday :-). But it was worth it...

There is a recent movie made after the book (Into The Wild, directed by Sean Penn). The film is good; but the book is better.

Jon Krakauer wrote a couple more books: Into Thin Air, about the drama he witnessed while climbing Mt. Everest; and Under the Banner of Heaven, about the drama that goes on into the Mormon religion. I found both of them to be a great read.

6:04 pm, March 10, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

I've just finished it Augustin. LOL, I can imagine it screwing your plans for a Saturday! I thoroughly enjoyed it and might well get his other books, thanks! Looking forward to seeing the movie too.

Chris McCandless was born in the same year as me - he was just 4 months older. He died about three months after I gave birth to my eldest daughter - my 3rd child. He should have had children instead! What a fabulous home educator he'd have been. Can you imagine?!

9:52 pm, March 10, 2008  
Blogger Augustin Moga said...

Yes, Gill, I too can only imagine McCandless as being an amazing role model for his children, should he have chosen to have any.

While I admire much of his actions and attitude, I do believe that he made a mistake, which eventually cost him his life. He was totally unprepared for his Alaskan adventure. (See also: A Park Ranger's Perspective [pdf].)

Nature is always amazing; but it is also unforgiving.


ps/ Here's how Sean Penn remember his first encounter with the book: "The cover intrigued me so I bought it, went home, and read it straight through. Twice." (Taken from: The Cult of Chris McCandless.)

3:56 am, March 11, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

Thanks for the links Augustin. I did some googling last night and had read some of the controversial opinions about him. Interesting how what he did generates such extreme and harsh reactions from some people, isn't it?

The story made me feel quite inspired, humbled and of course sad for him at the end (though not completely, he was so upbeat) - it didn't make me feel angry. But it seems to have made many others angry. If I was a park ranger, then yes it would probably have irritated me.

Especially that park ranger. "..the bears are real, and so on." Do you think he took McCandless's death personally? (I suppose they feel obliged to at least check all the shelters up there every few weeks for lost and starving adventurers nowadays.) He suggests it was suicide, albeit unconscious. I didn't get that impression, but I suppose we'll never know.

Losing the map was obviously a crucial and integral part of the process for McCandless. I can understand that impulse, but I'd still sneak one into the bottom of my pack, just in case. ]

If I'd have been male, as angry with my father as he was and if I suffered from wanderlust, my life could have taken a similar route I suppose. There but for the grace etc..

He rejected one of his parents and thence society in general, it seems. This is a process that possibly resonates with me. I wonder if that's why I have so much sympathy for him.

8:24 am, March 11, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

Also as the mother of two young men who both live unconventional lives, the story worried me. I've talked to them both about it and they don't have a lot of sympathy for McCandless's plight though.

8:28 am, March 11, 2008  
Blogger Minnie said...

I've just ordered the book and am really looking forward to reading it:O) Thanks.

Tried whiteboard:O( All I get is a glazed look and a mind that is otherwise occupied! Bought one for my Mum and she loves it! lol

Annie did some mental division today, so I know she IS doing maths and getting it right. I shouldn't be so surprised really, 'cos when I worked at a large bank, not too far from you, as a Junior I had to add up sheets and sheets of figures and never used a calculator (or even a comptometer, as we had in those days lol) It was just quicker to do it in your head and the calculator always messed up.

One of my junior school teachers did once mentioned that I have no patience. So it's genetic. lol

7:51 pm, March 11, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

Oh I hope you enjoy the book Min! We're whiteboard mad here. I'm not sure why, but they're all over the place. Your Annie sounds like she's better off keeping the maths in her head then, like her mother! The teens here do mostly mental arithmetic too. I don't think I'd ever be able to deschool myself to that extent personally though.

8:14 pm, March 12, 2008  
Blogger Leo said...

LOL! This sounds familiar.

That's not Duplo, though, those are Mega Blocks. If you can't tell the difference you are not sufficiently certified to home ed! ;)

7:32 am, March 23, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

LOL! Thanks Leo. What's Duplo then, if they're not it? I'd better go Google it, hadn't I? Cos I really need that certificate ;-)

8:07 am, March 23, 2008  

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