Monday, May 26, 2008

Bubble and squeak news bitlets

Our wallaby has been in the backyard again more regularly. In fact, he's out there now. After we fence the front yard we won't see him any more I guess.

Imp and Ed moved out 2 weeks ago to this grand old pile, surrounded by a huge garden, in the middle of suburban Kingston. It would once have been the centre of a large landholding. It is very hard to find, with just a narrow driveway off a typical winding Kingston residential street leading in to it. There are 3 or 4 fishponds, many outbuildings, fountains, several wide lawns, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a big attic for romping and an old fashioned kitchen with built-in flour bins.

Marcus is doing amazing things in maths. His teachers have been giving him BOMDAS sums to work out - I had forgotten all about these but Elf reminded me it meant Brackets, Of, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subtract, the "order of operations". He's going OK with those, so now they have given him some fractions.

I started telling him about averages, what they are and what they mean. [We worked out he averaged 4 goals a game this term at soccer]. I gave him another sum, working out the average of 100, 90, 55 and 65. He worked out the total was 300, and while I was setting him up to long divide 300 by 4 he worked it out in his head that the answer is 75!

Michael and Marcus get into bed with us at 6am quite often, especially now its a bit cold in the morning. They both get in the middle, and usually fail to keep their hands to themselves. Last time, after a few minutes wriggling in the dark, Michael exclaimed "OW! Marcus just squeezed my nose between his thumb and his, um, pointing finger, horizontally!"

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