Yesterday was a rough school day.
William was introduced to long division. Predictably, he got quite emotional about it, as he does when he is first confronted by something challenging. The mantra of the day was "William, no math problem has ever been solved by emotion. Math is solved by logic." (The second mantra is like unto it: 'William if you are guessing at a math answer, you're failing the test.') After a while, he settled down, and once he did so, we were able to sort through. He mastered it and got 100% on his test.
Still, he required more time than usual, and by the end of the day, I was a little more frazzled than usual.
We got a snow storm overnight.
I got up early to make my coffee and sit at the computer and map out the boys' school days only to discover that there is a two hour delay.
That means there is no zoom classes this morning for either one of them. They can work at their assignments at their leisure. The first grader will have three classes this afternoon. The fourth grader has two classes, and they are his 'easier classes'. Although you can bet your bippy that there will be long division in William's morning, what makes it different is that the younger boy does not have zoom classes that I need to monitor at the same time. I can give him his worksheets one at a time, and we can talk about them. He'll do them independently while I focus on William and division. A lot less stressful.
It's been a long time since I've been this excited about a snow day, let me tell you.