Sunday, August 26, 2012

A lesson in fractions in Melaque

Back in Melaque after two weeks in Seattle visiting friends and family.   Everything in the house and yard were well taken care of by my neighbors.   Getting used to the humidity but it's cooler than it was 3-4 weeks ago before I left.   Hopefully a trend for the rest of the year.

On the half empty plane from LA I sat next to Marta who's mom owns Alice's Restaurant in Barra.  She had a friend picking her up and she offered me a ride rather than paying the $430 pesos with an airport taxi.   I paid for her parking and bought a few beers on a stop in Cihuatlan.  They let me off in Jaluco and I grabbed a local taxi to Pinal Villa.

Hugo and Oscar and families were waiting under the palapa when I arrived.   Got all the latest updates from them about the house (few water leaks on marquesina) , their lives (guys are working and kids back in school), the flooding a few weeks ago from the heavy rains ... and I brought out a few 'up north' presents for the kids.

Today Lorena came over with Yari and Yari's math book thinking we could look up the answers to her fractions assignment on a link in her textbook.   Found the site does not exist any more even tho there are lots of links to it on the Internet, so we sat down and went thru the 20 or so problems.  I could remember most of it but the terminology and explaining in Spanish took some thinking.  The hardest part was determining which was largest - 2/5 or 1/3.  I finally remembered you need a common denominator for a proper comparison.  Been too many years since school type problems.  We'll see how she does next week but more impostant she understands than just gets the right answer.


Francisco said...

A trick I used and still do, is knowing your percentages, 25% equals 1/4 and go from there.

The construction of the house finished in April 2011 and I'm pretty much settled in. As of March 2014 I'm in preparation for rain mode for this coming summer. That includes sealing and painting things and dealing with drainage issues from last year.

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