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Inque Boutique Party Card

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Here is a cute little card I did for a birthday party. It could be an invite or birthday card. I am about to go on a rant…so just hold on or stop reading!

I am here today struggling with my kids Everyday Math packets. I would swear on the Bible that this program destroys kids brains to think logically, and makes their brains turn to mush. It is rediculous. Emma has never struggled with math until they introduced the new curriculum when she got into third grade. Finally after months of tutoring and hundreds of dollars spent, she got advanced proficient on her state testing. I have to say…I don’t know if it is worth being proud of that. I don’t think it will be to her benefit when she goes out into the big world and it takes her six to seven steps to subtract a set of three digit numbers. I am NOT pleased as I see Sophie struggling with the same things and I know I have hundreds of dollars waiting to be wasted on tutoring, as I sit frustrated looking on to the endless sheets of problems that in a normal world should take three minutes to complete, but in the Everyday Math world takes 40 minutes, because you have to master the 80 ways to do it. Thanks for letting me vent. I know some of you may be dealing with the same stupidity in your schools. What a joke to sell textbooks.

Stamps/Inque Boutique: Cake and Sentiment from “Birthday Fun”, Swirl from “Petals”

Paper: PTI stampers select white

Ink: Adirondack Pitch, copics (I colored the pearls with my copics…try it!)

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August 25, 2008 at 9:17 pm

WAY cute!!! Love the girly feel of this!!!

August 26, 2008 at 4:32 pm

We went through the same thing with our son on the “everyday math”. It was a very difficult concept to grasp – when everyday arithmatic seemed so much easier. I am an accountant and my husband is an engineer, so no lack number smarts in the household. We both spent hours and hours going through the math and like you spent hundreds of dollars at a tutor where one or both of us would sit with our son and the tutor so that we could follow. I wonder what happened to the math that we learned in school and why it is so much better to teach it in a circle – we turned out okay!

Hang in there! We are getting ready to have our second child – so it will be interesting to see what math they teach in the next 5-6 years!

August 26, 2008 at 9:56 pm

I so hear you on “everyday math”…I spend at least an extra hour EVERY DAY unteaching what my daughter learned at school that day! UGH! I talked with her teacher about it last year (4th grade) and the teacher told me that “they” will never teach the way I learned…talk about feeling old! At least the “way I learned” actually taught me something.

Love your blog BTW…great inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

August 26, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Hey… just wanted to pass along that as someone who works in the education field and has a teaching certificate, I HATE Everyday Math with a passion. I can say that they have excellent resources to make math “fun” but those are barely ever used in the classroom due to lack of time because you are teaching a student how to multiply in five different manners.

The school I work at realized that math mastery was not improving through Everyday, and so switched to using Scott Foresman Math Investigations… hopefully this will work out better.

August 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm

That’s why we started homeschooling. My bright, cheerful, curious daughter was so frustrated with the math, I figured I could do a much better job in less time. Yep, it worked. We homeschooled a total of 6 children. That daughter graduated from high school at age 16 and is now a labor & delivery RN. I feel like if she would have stayed in the public school she would have learned to hate learning. It was an extreme financial sacrifice, but for each of the children, WELL worth it.

August 28, 2008 at 12:15 am

OMWORD…you made these just for me, didn’t you? These are sooooo me…I LOVE, LOVE LOVE IT!

August 28, 2008 at 12:15 am

oops…I meant to post this comment under your new demi designs…I’m such a goof.

August 28, 2008 at 1:56 pm

This is so absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

August 28, 2008 at 9:34 pm

This is one of the many reasons I homeschool my daughter. You might want to look into that as an option too.

August 28, 2008 at 11:46 pm

I am SENCo in a UK school and, for my sins, get to teach maths to bottom set Year 10’s and 11’s ( thats 15 and 16 year olds) up to GCSE level ( General Certificate of Secondary Education)

These are kids who really struggle but I am expected to teach them to subtract and divide with a convoluted method that I struggle to use – the way I was taught, borrowing from the top and paying back on the bottom – was so much easier.

I now cheat (how sad is it to admit that) and teach the children the way that they can use best and if that ignores the ‘ new mathematical’ way then so be it.

August 31, 2008 at 12:44 pm

The card is super sweet, but I wanted to comment on the math and let you know I hear you pain. I personally struggled with math in school although the way through post graduate! However, once I left school – the lightbulb finally went off in my head! Now I do great at applied mathematics, I can make change for the McDonald’s people and even run simple stats in my head (23% are wearing red clothes today). Its insane that schools are NOT teaching math and have gone to curriculums that I think even teachers admit to not understanding!

September 2, 2008 at 5:23 pm

Your thoughts and comments on Everyday math is interesting to me. I have a friend who has taught for many years and LOVES the everyday math process. She thinks it’s great. I have a 5th grader this year and he has always had everyday math for his curriculum and hasn’t had a bit of problems with it. The only problem comes when he needs me to help explain/work on a problem with him. As he tries to explain the process to me, I have no idea what he’s talking about!!!

My daughter is in 2nd grade and hasn’t had any problems with it either! I’m glad, because I don’t really know if I could help them if they really needed it!!! Hang in there!!