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Ruth H. says
October 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm
Wow, I need to move to your neighborhood. Maybe my husband and I could afford to go out, more often! The going rate around here is $2 per child per hour….and I pay $1 extra per hour to anyone who can keep Superkid out of the ER. So, my sitters get $7/hour. Isn't that more than minimum wage? Back when we lived in Connecticut, the going rate was $10/hour. Crazy!
Competitive fees aside, I'm impressed by the way Abby applied math to her real life AND made it cute. Goodness knows, I never found anything cute about math…unless it was adding dots and flowers to my numbers when I was bored. That explains a lot.
Farmgirl Paints says
October 11, 2010 at 2:29 pm
Girl I hear ya. My honey takes care of all the math questions in our house. What's with this "new math" stuff.
October 11, 2010 at 2:57 pm
I love the 'cuteness' ! Maybe if math teachers pushed the creativity, more kids would be drawn to that subject.
October 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm
I love a girl that loves Math. Good for her. Math is so great: rules, no exception, no bending the rules, it is like a jigsaw, and don't you love it when everything fall into place!
Your girl has already figured it all out: Math is in your life: budget, shopping, time managment, crafting, cooking, etc… Math is a cool subject if you make it real: my little one is useless at solving problems given by her teacher, but she knows how to plan for her pocket money, her savings, and she does know what to do when she wants to bake twice as many cupcakes as the recipe is set for.
October 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm
Brian and Staci says
October 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm
THAT Abbey of yours is a cutie 😉 I love it!! And seriously, I HATE math! I have to use my fingers and I still have to write things down…canNOT do it in my head to save my soul 🙁 I had to help out during a math hour last Friday in my 3rd graders class….thankfully, they all got what we were talking about and didn't have to depend upon me….eeeeeeeeeeek!!! I was terrified!!!!!!!!!! Glad I'm not alone 😉
October 11, 2010 at 6:52 pm
VERY cute!!! Guess I should start re-wording my response when my kids need help with math? Bah! Who am I kidding??? They don't even ask me anymore!! 🙂
October 11, 2010 at 6:59 pm
I cringe where I hear a parent tell their kid that they just "don't get math" or that their "brain doesn't do math" – way to set your kid up for failure! I actually love math 🙂
Your daughter's project looks great!
October 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm
Cute goes a long way!
(I'm not sure our personal opinion on math afects our kids anway; I reassure my girls that I use math daily as an interior designer, figuring angles and fractions and measurements… all of it… and they are completely unimpressed! If anything I think it may have turned them against the design profession- HA!)
October 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm
I meant affects, not afects. I really can spell… it's important, too, right? 🙂
kayce hughes says
October 11, 2010 at 7:35 pm
I think that she could put the cute in anything.
October 11, 2010 at 8:11 pm
I hope Miss Abbey plays the piano–she has lovely hands and long slender fingers! This is coming from someone who doesnt have long OR slender fingers and tried to play piano to no avail! I blame it on my short stubby digits!
She DID put cute in Math, that is for sure!
October 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm
I am a MOm like you…don't ask for help with math and my kids know it…I don't even have to say it anymore! 🙂 I do tell my kids that math is useful in everyday life and I use it regularly but to do problems out of the math book I am useless!
And wow your babysitters get paid WELL! I think I may move to your neighborhood and start babysitting! 🙂
October 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm
October 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm
She DID put the cute in math! I wish she could babysit for me!!!
October 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm
OHHHH Math! Yuk!!! Past 5th grade I'm not a whole lot of help. And what's with "regrouping" anyway? What ever happened to "borrowing?" It made so much more sense the old way. But Abbey did make it look cute:)
October 11, 2010 at 10:49 pm
Ack! She's being robbed. $5/hour?! Highway robbery!
Completely adorable presentation though. I predict an A+
October 11, 2010 at 11:16 pm
Three cheers to your daughter for her project.
Also, Danica McKellar, of the Wonder Years (if you remember that show)has done a series of three books that put cute in math….titles are Kiss My Math : Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss, Math Doesn't Suck : How to Survive Middle-School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail, and her newest is Hot X : Algebra Exposed. She really writes in "kid language" and explains not only how to do the problems, but why you want to….like if you just saw this 'to die for' dress on sale and you're wondering if you have enough money.
October 11, 2010 at 11:25 pm
That is fantastic! Very clever, I am really impressed! I hope my daughter (and son) brings that kind of creativity to their school projects in the future (they are 2 and 4, so we have some time!)
October 12, 2010 at 1:21 am
Thank goodness she included the equation on that poster! I teach input/output tables to my 4th graders and I couldn't figure it out. 🙁
I'm glad she loves doing babysitting for a job. It was my first job, and I just quit doing over-night stays last year as a 28 year old. It's REALLY good money where I live. I think I could get up to $20 an hour when I was in HS/College and I got $100 a day to stay with kids for extended times. Tell Abbey to keep it up and she'll be rich!
October 12, 2010 at 1:35 am
Her project looks awesome! Cute photos! As for me, I've NEVER understood that math stuff! Ugh.
October 12, 2010 at 2:34 am
I'll tell you what puts the cute in math. Having a really good-looking teacher! That's when I started to LOVE math! Everyone should be so lucky! Diana
October 12, 2010 at 4:49 am
Hooray for putting cuteness is school work. Because really, making something cute always makes it more bearable! Keep up the good work Abby.
Karin @ 6ByHisDesign says
October 13, 2010 at 4:02 am
She IS adorable! By the way, have you ever seen Danica McKellar's book/website – she was the girl on Wonder Years if you ever saw it. I don't think Abbey needs her book, but maybe for you 😉
Here's the link: