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No Fun with Fractions

Last night while trying to help my fourth grader work on her homework, I was yet again reminded why I do not like math. To be fair, it is not all math that I do not like, but fractions really, really make me want to pull my hair out. Compound fractions to be exact. When it takes two adults to help one child do one page of homework, that is hard work!

I was taken back to 1982, sitting in Mrs. Koehler’s class, trying to do the same work. I loved Mrs. Koehler. She was very pretty and kind. She taught us all about clouds and the atmosphere. Yep, that is what I remember about fourth grade and the nasty fractions. It was also the year my parents decided to separate which eventually led to divorce. So, now that I think about it, maybe it was not all about fractions, but about my parents making a mess of things. At least from a fourth grader’s point of view.

As an adult, I know that it takes a lot of things to screw up a marriage and my parents had their problems. In later years, my mom found a much better husband in my stepfather and my dad ended up with two high maintenance women. Well… he picked them, not me and pay back is a you-know-what. It is interesting what leaves a profound mark on a young mind. Maybe it was not the fractions but the divorce. Maybe I really love math. Right, maybe I will win the Nobel prize and Jeopardy! Nope, still do not like fractions!!

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2 thoughts on “No Fun with Fractions

  1. Aren’t those associations we carry crazy things? ๐Ÿ™‚ I happen to be a math teacher and I wrote this post about how to help your child with math even when you don’t know it yourself (so common!). Hope it helps! http://wp.me/p28Cn3-1a1

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    • Thanks, yes it does. I loved geometry and trig, but fractions always had me stumped. We did notice a few things while trying to work with her. My daughter’s multiplication skills are not where they should be and we are working on it. She figures it out, it just takes longer. I don’t want her to hate it forever because there is a lot of math that she might like later on ๐Ÿ™‚

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