As ya’all know, I’ve started homeschooling this year. Tomorrow will mark day 20 of homeschool for us, and it has really gone well. Until today.
I will be the first to admit that I hate math. I just am not good at it. I never have been. (Ask Mr. LaDuke. I can only imagine how many erasers that man wanted to throw at me!) In college, I had to take remedial algebra because I did so poorly on the entrance exam. The teacher that semester thought I was a genius, though. Ok, so I’m an idiot genius. I looked smart in a class full of dummies. THERE’S something to be proud of!
I knew that math was going to be my downfall with Ashley, but I didn’t expect it so SOON. Every night, I study my lessons for the next day, and get everything prepared. I had gone over today’s lesson, and I was sure I was ready for it.
Then, we actually started doing the problems together. Oh.My.Gosh. It was like I’d been thrown back into high school and didn’t have a clue what I was doing.
Eventually, I was able to figure out most of the problems, but there was one that had me completely stumped. I worked for HOURS trying to figure this stupid problem out. I even enlisted hubby’s help, and he’s the math whiz around here.
I also posted on my mom’s group board. The ladies on there are amazing. I knew if anyone was going to get this answer, it would be one of them. I posted the problem, hoping that I wouldn’t sound like a total idiot, and soon afterward, Natalie had an answer for me. (God love her!) The answer blew me away! There is NO way on earth that any 6th grade kid could have come up with this answer on their own. So, I’m sending an email to the school that provides our curriculum tomorrow, and letting them know how ridiculous this problem was.
I know you’re all dying to know the problem, so here it goes:
“Consider the movements of the hour and minute hands of a clock for 12 hours. How many times do they form right angles?”
The lesson is on Problem solving by drawing a picture or a diagram. You’re supposed to draw a picture or a diagram to help solve this problem.
I’m going to make you all try and figure out the answer. And NO CHEATING. You sit down, draw a diagram, and let me know what you come up with. I’ll post the answer in a few days… unless one of you smarty pants gets it right away.
I hate math. I mean I really, really, really hate math.