Oh Fifth Grade Math! Is it summer yet?

This was me yesterday trying to teach Jeremy how to find the area and circumference of a circle:

Annoyed rocket

(I love Rocket Raccoon.)

We are three units away from being done with fifth grade math, and sure enough, we’ve reached a point where we need to slow down. I am SO TEMPTED to say, “Oh, we’ll just tackle this next year,” but that would be to no one’s benefit. With math, we must reach mastery. Since one principle builds on the next, we can’t skip, glaze over, and give excuse.

So we press on. Pi times radius squared.

In other news, Jackson is sick. That doesn’t sound like news, but it is in this family. Jackson hasn’t been sick since 2013 when he had a fever for about a day. Before then, I don’t remember the last time he was sick. Judging by the congestion and coughing (and absence of fever), I’m thinking it’s allergy-related. He looks puny, despite is ever-present cheerful disposition, so I’ve extended a little grace with his school work. He’s nearly done, so at this point, what’s a few more days?

Once both boys complete their school work for the year and mornings are back to being mine, I’ll start writing novel No. 2. There is still more research to do, but the characters have been clawing at my brain with dialogue. They are ready to talk and I’ve been hushing them for several months. I’ve made notes here and there, but nothing has been concrete. The characters are getting impatient, which in turn makes me anxious, so hopefully by June I can start releasing them through my fingertips.

If that doesn’t sound nuts, then I don’t know what does.

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