Spring has pretty much sprung, and the cherry blossoms are now mostly gone. I did take a few photos, but this one of Maxine is the only one worth including.
|"Don't take the picture while my mouth is open."|
Maxine is in fourth grade now. Which, by the way, just doesn't seem possible to me. She sometimes has some big assignments to do. Last weekend her teacher had the students figure out how much money they had spent, then count out one grain of rice for each won (the Korean currency, about the same as a penny) and bring it to class.
|1,472, 1473, 1,744... What? DON'T TALK TO ME!|
WHERE WAS I?!?!?!
As much as I like Maxine's school, they occasionally do things like this which make me cringe just a little. Horyon explained that this was to help them understand the value of the money they spend. I get that. Not sure how this is better than just keeping track of what they spend and on what, but that's okay. She also said that it is to help build number awareness. I think that the two of them spent a total of three hours on this project. To me, the time would have been better spent working on estimation, weighing, and figuring out real world ways to get around measuring rice grain by grain.
In the mean time, Quinten acquired three plastic discs (he calls them medals) that are accessories for a freakishly expensive Japanese toy that you wear on your wrist like a watch. When you insert a disc, it makes a different noise. The discs cost 1,000 won (a dollar) apiece, and the watch thing costs 60,000 won (conversion left to the reader as a math exercise). Fortunately, Quinten has not asked for the watch thing. He bought one disc, and the store keeper gave him two more. A few days later he invented The Medal Game: you flick your disc into your opponents disc. If you knock it off, you get a point. If they both fall off, it's a draw. If they both stay on, your opponent gets to flick their disc into yours. It is surprisingly similar to Carrom, which I first saw in Nepal.
|Quinten consistently beat Horyon, but I totally beat him on this one.|
|As if my existence weren't disturbing enough, I'm going to walk on my food. Yum.|
|Pizza? What pizza? All gone already!|
We enjoyed our dinner, then walked home. On the way we had a small adventure, stopping to take pictures on a rock by the huge intersection in our neighborhood. We tried for one of those jumping pictures, but my phone camera wasn't up to the low light levels.
|A rare moment of cooperation.|
Later we got off of the main street, away from the traffic. We stopped at my favorite bakery, and Quinten was thrilled to find a store that sells skeletons. Well, one skeleton, anyway. He spotted it from the street and dragged us in, demanding to have his picture taken with it.
|BFFs, no fibula!|
So if any of you have any skeletons in your closet that you are willing to share, let me know.