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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Grizzly Mama Passes....

You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 9/10 correct!

Whew! I was sweating it - afraid to see the results. I've been recovering from a little mishap with KrazyGlue. Suffice to say I have finally learned my lesson. Wear protective eyewear even if you look like a total dork. That little suction cup with the hole in the middle of it that is hooked to an IV line which leads to saline solution and then inserted RIGHT ONTO your eyeball and turned on is not something you want to go through. They were laughing at my Three Stooges T-shirt that I happened to be wearing at the time. Ha. Ha. Ha. Laugh at me now ER persons! When my girlies grow up they'll be TONS smarter than their ma!

So I'm cheating and not giving you a REAL entry. Just a fun one. Thanks to Abe.


Blogger Denise said...

Crazy glue? In the eye? You're kidding, right? Aye yi yi. I did not pass the 8th grade math quizz - which is why Michelle is "school at homed" for math subjects. ;-)

04 March, 2006 10:04  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Body parts are the ONLY things that I've EVER permanently bonded with Krazy/Super glue!
I've known several people who have gotten it in their eye. I hope there's no permanent damage?

04 March, 2006 11:58  
Blogger Alison said...

Oh my god! Glue. Ouch. Ive had that ER saline eye blast experience. I was once studying late and decided to use an eyewash on my tired eyes before hitting the sack. I squirted a contact lense cleansing solution in my eye in my blind tiredness by mistake! Argh. God that was painful. But the ER treatment was so uncomfortable! I sympathise. Hope you are recovering well.

04 March, 2006 14:13  
Blogger Cubed © said...


Sort of a "News Alert" item; over at http://ibloga.blogspot.com the author of a comic book style publication for kids about Islam has had to drop his site because of threats.

He has posted a resource for it, and I posted a couple of reviews about it that I found; please go over there and take a look, and consider getting several copies to use either with your homeschool or to give to parents and friends who may be trying to find some way to teach their kids about Islam.

Thanks, all.

04 March, 2006 15:29  
Blogger Kate said...

Oh girl, in the eye? Then squirted with all that stuff in the eye? UGH. I had my ear flushed out one time and that was p-u-r-e h-e-l-l so I FEEL for you! (And I've also learned a lesson from to always wear those dorky goggles!). Stay out of trouble this weekend :)

04 March, 2006 15:44  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Hi Monica I failed your maths test only 6 out of 10, no calculators though, and within five minutes using only mental arithmetic, that would be just about scrapping a pass here at 60%! But it is a long while since I done maths. Couple of the symbols through me! Least I never got glue in my eye with a three stooges t shirt on LOL.
No seriously though hope your OK of all the places to get glue on you!

04 March, 2006 22:08  
Blogger MonicaR said...

No it's true Denise - sadly not kidding. Never happened before but apparently people do this because they had a special little container in the ER specifically for getting KrazyGlue out of a persons eye. LOL!

I'm glad I'm not the only one tshsmom. No permanent damage - all is fine. It was a pain for a few days but it's fine now. Thank goodness.

Alison - ouch! Yeah - that's one strange procedure I've never had the pleasure of enduring before.

OMG Cubed. I checked out that pamphlet. The only conclusion that I can come to is: Muhammed was psychotic and probably epileptic on top of it. A mole on his back is the mark of a prophet?!

Thanks Kate - I will try to stay out of trouble.

LOL Sparky! So true. It was an odd coincidence that I was wearing that Stooges shirt! LOL! Some of the symbols got me and I had to do some thinking to figure it out. Forward slash is divide. * is multiply. There was another that got me - I forget what it was though.

04 March, 2006 22:27  
Blogger Zendo Deb said...

I'm glad you are OK! That sounds like it could have been serious.

05 March, 2006 06:54  
Blogger tshsmom said...

This one got me ^ ! I'm sure that's the question I got wrong. I'd better find out what it represents before I start teaching 8th grade math next year. ;)

05 March, 2006 08:24  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks Deb. After wearing that patch I think I sort of understand what it's like for a friend of mine who is blind in one eye. Awful.

That's IT tshsmom! That's the symbol right there. Is it squared? I've only seen these symbols used on a computer - spreadsheet type of deal. I don't recall seing them used in 'real life'. They haven't been showing up anywhere in the older one's math either.

05 March, 2006 12:12  
Blogger dcat said...

I am doing just fine the way I'm going LOL!

Hey Monicar,
I posted about Women's Day and you may want to see remember the email I sent you and I will forward again I can't use her name in fear of the idiots here in the USA!!! :)

05 March, 2006 13:53  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I passed the math test. A bit of a good surprise for me because I HATE math. I guess I know Pre-Algebra.

Always wear protective eyewear if there's even a small chance of any eye injury.

But one can sustain an eye injury from the least things. For example, one time, while getting into the car, my husband was holding a paper grocery bag. Somehow he poked himself in the eye with that bad and abraded his cornea. Of course, one doesn't wear eye protection when grocery shopping. Hehehe.

My aunt had something similar happen when the riding mower went under a low-hanging branch. You guessed it! Corneal abrasion. The lesson is to wear protective eyewear when mowing.

05 March, 2006 16:37  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Thanks for the free home school lesson, I also hated maths. Algebra letters for numbers, horrible stuff LOL This one threw me If .4 < x < 1/2, x could equal: I have forgot what the < means?

Also from memory is it everything inside the bracket which is multiplied, 3(j+2) So Michael is two years older than three times Jennifer's age. If Jennifer is j years old, how would you calculate Michael's age? Or is it just 3j+2? I put the one in the bracket as the answer.

What's the value of (10-5)^2 + 12/4? For this one I put 10-5=5 then I squared it to make 25 as I thought they had changed the symbol for squared to ^ then I added 12/4 which is 3 to come to my answer of 28

If 1/3 (y + 4) = 3, then what does y equal? This one is 5 as 5 + 4 = 9
Divide by 1/3 =3

Come on someone put me out of my misery! LOL Got to find the four I got wrong.

I hope your eye is getting better Monica.

Maths test follows
If 5x - 4 = 26, what does x equal?
-7 is
An integer
A whole number
A prime number
Michael is two years older than three times Jennifer's age. If Jennifer is j years old, how would you calculate Michael's age?
If x + 4 1/3 = 7, what does x equal?
3 1/3
2 2/3
3 2/3
11 1/3
5.5 squared is:
Between 16 and 25
Less than 16
Greater than 36
Between 25 and 36
2, 2, 3, 4, 5
Given the above set of numbers "2" is the:
Standard deviation
If .4 < x < 1/2, x could equal:
None of the above
What's the value of (10-5)^2 + 12/4?
If m + n = n, then what must m equal?
If 1/3 (y + 4) = 3, then what does y equal?

05 March, 2006 18:42  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I am going to take a go at this after the girls are in bed Sparky.

06 March, 2006 19:44  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Sorry Monica I did not mean to tag you, you got enough to do with the kids.
I could keep having a crack at it to find the right answers, I had one go and dropped my score to 5 out of 10 LOL I think I have scared everyone of with this, they are all playing truant! LOL I hate maths as long as I can add and take way, multiply and divide, count my change and use the tape measure read a map and watch the scales of my ever-increasing weight, and fill the gas in my car, I think that’s all the maths I seem to need. LOL
Hope your eye is better.

06 March, 2006 21:48  
Blogger MonicaR said...

LOL! OMG Sparky - I've had quite an adventure with this little test tonight. I knew that it was #2 that was hanging me up and I swear I picked 'integer' as the answer when I first took the test but I was not sure of the correct ans. Anyhoo - I retook the test several times choosing a different ans for #2 every time and STILL came up with 9/10.

ONE LAST TIME - I thought. This time choosing integer and voila (as the french say) - 10/10. Here's how I see it.

1. You were right - x=6. (5*6)-4=26

2. -7. Pesky little bastard IS an integer.

3. 3j+2. (3*j)+2 where j is her age.

4. You got that right too - x=2 2/3. We're good to go on fractions.

5. 5.5 * 5.5 (5.5 squared) is between 25 and 36.

6. 2,2,3,4,5. 2 is 'mode'. Mode is the value, number etc that occurs most frequently in a given series. (Believe it or not the only reason I knew the answer is because we had just gone over this last week with my 4th graders math - LOL!)

7. .4 < X < 1/2. < is less than. > is greater than. Think of it as an ice cream cone. The part of the cone that holds more ice cream is closest to the largest number. (I remember this from elementary school as everyone was having problems remembering which was which so this is the trick our teacher taught us..) Anyhoo that would make .4 less than 45% which is less than 1/2.

8. (10-5)squared + 12/4=
Again - teaching the daughter's math has refreshed it in my memory where it had been lost for years. This is 'order of operations'. Always FIRST multiply or divide working from left to right - THEN add or subtract working from left to right. So - we would square 5 and get 25. Then we would divide 12 by 4 and get 3. Time to add and subtract. They want us to ADD 25 + 3 = 28.

9. m+n=n. m must equal 0.
The rule - when adding 0 to any number you always end up with that number.

10. You got that one right too - One third of (y+4) equals 3. We know that we can go backward to figure this. 3*3=9. What plus 4=9? 5

Teaching the kids is great. I re-learn everything in teaching them. I always hated math as a kid. I am trying to approach math with the girls as a puzzle to be figured out. There are tricks to it. I try not to let my own anxiety about it affect my attitude toward it. I don't want them to fear math as I did.

07 March, 2006 00:12  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Oh - and my eye is perfect. Thank goodness we live in a first world country, eh? To an emergency room - bada bing bada boom - eye fixed.

07 March, 2006 00:16  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Thanks Monica, Maths yeah, it’s all about remembering a lot of different rules, before we can work out what is required! Unfortunately (or fortunately me LOL) we mostly don’t use all of them in every day life.

Still it keeps the old brain box ticking, now what is your next lesson planed for us adult home school pupils, Can you find one with history? Dates of important events also with the options, only joking, you have enough with homeschooling your own kids, without wasting time on big kids! LOL, great post.

07 March, 2006 13:31  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Forgot to add, If you were in a third world country, that could have been the end of your eye sight in the that glued up eye! We have a lot to be grateful for living in western counties with all our problems!

07 March, 2006 13:43  
Blogger MonicaR said...

True - but then I started thinking that if I lived in a 3rd world country there would be no KrazyGlue! LOL!

Of course - the evil Americans would send all of their nasty KrazyGlue to the 3rd world countries and then not provide the means to get it out of the eyes. Those bastards.

07 March, 2006 14:06  
Blogger tshsmom said...

That's how I do < and > too! The big end goes by the bigger number.
My son loves logic puzzles and games. So I keep reminding him that Algebra is one big logic puzzle. Unfortunately, he doesn't agree.

07 March, 2006 16:39  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Monica is your Krazyglue the same as our super glue? If it is you were really lucky your eyelids did not stick together! Here when it first came out, you had evil pranksters in schools and work places putting it on toilet seats! That stuff will bond your skin to anything.

Re dangerous things to get in your eye from my pre-adolescent days were from emulating Robin Hood or Red Indian and Cowboys! Playing with home made bows and arrows, one boy on my estate lost an eye to his brother’s arrow! And this is all before kids reached their teens and then had use of the air slug guns. (I think you call them BB guns in the states) Luckily, I never saw any incidents with them, just a few broken bottles!

07 March, 2006 16:45  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Yes - same as super glue! My eye actually WAS glued shut Sparky. I had my head in the kitchen sink with the spray nozzle going right into my eye and managed to pry the lids apart. When I got them open there was a line of glue hanging off of my lashes - I pulled that out - saw the glob on my cornea and went to the sink and washed out some more. Didn't help. Hurt like hell! I had the girlies call daddy at work and he came and we all paraded to the E.R.

08 March, 2006 00:26  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Oh! I never knew anyone who ACTUALLY lost an eye playing with any of that stuff Sparky. They always SAID we could lose an eye but nobody every actually did. What a shame about your friend.

08 March, 2006 00:28  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Tshsmom - I keep trying to sell math as a fun puzzle - but they are eyeing me suspiciously...

08 March, 2006 00:30  
Blogger Dani said...

Phew - I passed! I got a 9 out of 10 right, but I'm still recovering from public school so I was a bit nervous.

08 March, 2006 12:08  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I was sweating it too Dani. I really didn't like math in school.

08 March, 2006 14:43  
Blogger alix said...

oh! i'm so glad your eye is OK!!!! how scary. i'm wiggy about my eyes. lil bit actually scratched her cornea last year -- on a sunday evening, of COURSE -- with a plastic scotch tape dispenser. she has had a hard lesson in pointing it AWAY from you when you're tearing the tape. poor baby...she was a champ, though. and no permanent damage. human bodies are SO resilient!

i got 8/10 on the test. NO earthly idea how, as i remember going 'round and 'round with my father on math homework. i think perhaps i was just a really good guesser on that one. hope i'm as good a guesser on my science exam this saturday. LOL

hope you heal up nicely, and for god's sake woman, please put on your fake eyelashes with something else! ;oD

08 March, 2006 17:02  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Wow you were really lucky and quick thinking to do as you did!
Re Arrow in the eye, he was also lucky not to lose his life! Still they were only home made bows and canes as arrows and we all used them.

I never saw it happen, but the older brother had to carry that around for the rest of his life. That he was responsible for his younger brother’s glass eye and lost of sight in that eye. Still he was from a tough family and life went on!

08 March, 2006 20:20  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Good luck on your test Alix!

I know Sparky. The Troll knows some guys who survived some pretty nasty accidents. One - to this day - they call 'Fungus'. LOL! I don't even know his real name...

10 March, 2006 23:53  

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