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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
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This is a blog about my life. My wife and I have three kids, ages six, three and one. Last year I gave up my gig as a middle school teacher to stay home with my kids full-time. This past year has been the most challenging, easy, relaxing, stressful, fun, tiring and rewarding year of my life.

My wife Amanda and I have been married for seven years. She spends her days (and nights and weekends) as an overworked Medical Resident.

Our oldest daughter, Eloise, is a bright, sweet, emotional first grader that loves to talk (she gets it from her mom). When not at school she is most likely playing dress up, turning some part of our house into a playroom, or creating a craft projects that involve: glue, magazines, markers, staples, stickers, scissors, crayons, pens, and a dozen sheets of paper.

Henry, the three year old middle child, is hell on wheels. There is not a house or store Henry cannot destroy in five to seven minutes max. He loves playing with his trucks, digging in his sandbox and occasionally putting on his sister’s pink plastic high heels.

Maggie, the one year old, is as sweet as they come. At a very early age she learned that her crying could barely be heard over the volume of her siblings. She has developed a blood curdling scream in order to get our attention that would make any horror movie producer proud.

Well there you have it, that’s pretty much my family in a nutshell.

DISCLAIMER: If you are looking for parenting advice you have come to the wrong place. Enjoy!

Everyday Math
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Everyday Math

January 30, 2014 | 01:21 PM

My oldest daughter is in second grade. They just finished working on adding two, two-digit numbers together. Apparently the old way of doing things is no longer the correct way of doing things.

For example:

The "old" way

23

+12

____

35

Remember this? You started with the ones column and added those numbers together. If the answer was more than ten you carried the number into the tens column. Next you moved on to the tens column and added those together. That's how you got the answer. Simple and efficient.

Now let's take a look at the "new" way of doing things.

23

+12

_____

20 + 10 = 30

3 + 2 = 5

+___

35

When adding Partial Sums in Everyday Math you start with the largest column and work your way down to the smaller ones, essentially backwards from what was previously taught. It just seems like so much more writing and work.

I've just started to see this type of thing coming home for the past few weeks, so I admit, I'm VERY new to it. I'm curious what you think about this type of "new math." Whether you are a new parent with preschoolers, or a parent of a high schooler that completed Everyday Math all through elementary school I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks and wish me luck! I wonder what I'll have to relearn for tonight's homework?!?

-Pete


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