This is a test. You will gain 5 minutes on the computer for every question you get right. You may not ask Mommy any questions. You may not speak to each other.
1. Angela goes to bed at 9:00 p.m. She wakes up at 8:00 a.m. How long did Angela sleep? (This is a trick question, of course. Typically Angela screams in protest for a good half an hour before she settles in.)
2. A Golden Retriever can drag an 80-pound weight for 20 yards, and can drag a 40-pound weight for 40 yards. Estimate how far a Golden Retriever can drag a 60-pound eight-year-old while he screams for help? (This one will ring a little too close to home, in Jem’s opinion.)
3. Daddy finds 3 oatmeal-encrusted dishes in the “cleaned” dishwasher. Daddy typically makes each boy do 5 pushups per infraction. How many push-ups will he make the boys do? (My boys get in shape when they do Math with Daddy. I’m serious. Don’t tell Social Services.)
4. Two boys have $40 dollars. Each Nerf gun costs $20.00. The government demands $.06 for each dollar spent at the store in sales tax. How much money must the boys earn so that each may buy one Nerf gun (for a total of two Nerf guns)?
Computer time and Nerf gun privileges. We have found no greater motivation than those.
In the classroom, anyway. When it comes to their rinsing the silverware before loading up the dishwasher, all bets are off.
Ad Jesum per Mariam,