Hey everyone, it’s been a rough week of homeschooling at the RB40 household. Our son is learning about fractions and he’s having a really hard time with it. We started off pretty well with the basics, but now it’s getting more complicated. Here is a sample question.
Lisa walks 7/8 mile to school. John walks 10/6 mile to school. Who has a longer walk? Show this on a number line.
This is easy for adults, but it’s very difficult for kids. He kept confusing himself by forgetting the little details. Unfortunately, I’m an impatient teacher and get upset when he doesn’t understand it after a few tries. I guess he’s not a math genius like I expected him to be. Anyway, we are both slogging through fractions this week. It’s aggravating because I think the worksheets should be done in 15 minutes, but they take 2+ frustrating hours to do. We’ll keep practicing and hope he understands the concept soon.
Exercise helps you feel better
Luckily, the weather is nicer now. Every day at 2 pm, we go out for a bike ride, shoot hoops, kick the ball around, or work in the garden. We always feel much better after some exercise. This is less exercise than I usually get, but it’ll have to do.
Before lockdown, I usually exercise for 30-40 minutes in the morning. Then I walk half a mile to pick up RB40Jr from the bus stop at 2 pm. Occasionally, we’d play soccer in the backyard in the evening. We also walk to the library, grocery store, and hardware store. That’s more than what we do now.
What about you?
Work out like you’re in lockdown
Overall, I think I exercise about half as much as I used to. That’s not bad, right? For now, it’ll have to be the things that RB40Jr enjoys. I tried getting him to work out with me, but it didn’t work. He doesn’t like doing pushups, pullups, steps, and other routine exercises. An adult workout is extremely boring for kids.
I really admire those of you who are exercising in this environment. I see a lot of people posting about their workouts and outdoor adventures on social media. Good for you! Keep it up.
What about you? Are you getting any exercise in lockdown? Share your routine and inspire us. Short post today because I have no energy or focus this week.
*If you want to keep your weight down, try intermittent fasting. Here is how I do it. I only eat from noon until 8 pm on weekdays. This cuts down on the calories and I don’t miss breakfast much. I’m busy homeschooling RB40Jr on the weekdays anyway. Try intermittent fasting if you want to control weight. It really works. If you can’t do it by yourself, I highly recommend Martin Dasko’s Intermittent Fasting Course. It was very helpful when I first started IF. (Of course, it’s a lot harder now. We’re snacking more than usual, but intermittent fasting is helping.)