Thursday, November 6, 2008

Multiplication Madness

This week we've been diligently studying for multiplication quizzes. Not only does Tay have extreme timed test anxiety but she also prefers to 'learn' information as opposed to memorizing it. That's hard for me to understand since I memorize just about everything! She's definitely got an advantage, though, because her method means she retains things much better than her old mommy.

Anyway, to make matters worse, we're working on a subsection called the 'teasers.' What does this mean, you might ask? Well, it's the multiplication facts that follow no real rule and for which there aren't any shortcuts. Basically, they're the hardest ones out there. So we're writing them over and over and over, taking practice quizzes, etc. I think we're seeing incremental progress and I feel much better knowing the final test over these won't occur until next Friday so we have a week to continue 'getting it.'

Not much going on other than that - it's crazily time-consuming and I think we're all still recovering from the business of last week. I sure hope we don't have Halloween and Homecoming in the same week ever again!

Oh, and the countdown is on for my surgery...24 more days...