As usual, new school year brings a spate of new learning, until we all get tired and drop everything except reading and math memorization.

Last week, I introduced decimal fractions.  This is something that should be introduced in second grade, ending in third.  Though I’ve seen it introduced later in other AMS style albums.

Last year, I was very anxious and worried that I didn’t start on decimals or fractions.  But I’m finding that it was good to wait.  Since Thumper learned her multiplication/division operations last year, it is much easier to introduce decimals and fractions additions this year.

To a certain extent, on paper, decimals are very easy.  All you’re doing is manipulating numbers and learning where to place that little decimal point.  You don’t really have to understand why it works if you don’t really want to.