Wednesday, we (Kiki and I) were doing our schoolwork, and we’d done everything except for math. Now, to be fair to me, it had been a rough morning. Rougher than usual. Kiki had been sent to the "time out corner" (okay, it’s really the bathroom, because that’s the farthest I can send her that is still upstairs with me!) like, 5 times. She was having a rotten, snippy little attitude and I decided I really didn’t have to put up with it. As you can imagine, this was making our school day d r a g. I was getting totally worn out. We had finally gotten through with everything except the aforementioned math. She pulls out her workbook, and immediately she has new stuff she hasn’t learned yet…changing fractions to decimals. Like, 4/10 = 0.4 = four-tenths. Not exactly rocket science, right? Yeah, but for the life of me, I could not figure out how to explain it to her! I mean, I know I could have just said "if it’s this it’s also this and this" and because she is bright, she’d have gotten it. Why I didn’t do just that, I honestly don’t know. I really wanted her to understand why, and I had…..nothin’. I just sat there, staring at the page, like, "duh". I pulled out the teacher’s guide – have I mentioned that the teacher’s guides stink?? It reads, and I quote "The student shall be able to write the decimal corresponding to a given fraction." Yeah, no kidding??!! But how??? Alright, it did go into a bit more detail on the next page, but seriously, I just read it and read it and finally said "Forget it!! We are done with school!! I don’t know how to explain this to you!" Third grade math and I am stumped. Criminy. On Thurdsay, my sis and I dropped off the kids at the Co-op, then I took her to coffee. Over coffee I’m explaining my brain-fade to her, and she is like "you know, blah blah blah…" and I totally got it all of a sudden…as if I’d never forgotten. So I’m really looking forward to, say, Algebra. shudder When I picked Kiki up after school on Thursday, she told me "yeah, the teacher explained it…I totally get it, it’s easy." Sigh. Don’t tell my inlaws!!