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(Mostly) Smarter Than a 5th Grader

I’m pretty sure I’ve told you before, but I’ll tell you again:

I hate math.

But we’ll get to that soon enough.

I’ve partnered with a local elementary school and get to spend some time each week tutoring a little girl.

This school is full of underprivileged students, and many have seen more at their age than one should ever see in a lifetime.

Oh man guys. It is such a rewarding blessing to be able to be a light.

Although, I gotta come clean.

Sometimes I have absolutely no clue what my student is learning in school, or how to explain it in a way she understands.

They learn a little differently than they did “back in my day.”

And the math.

Oh the math!

“Do you want to read today?”

“No, I want to work on my math!”

Except… I have no clue how to help you!

Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

Apparently not.

I graduated with honors, and even have a master’s degree.

Yet I’m struggling to covert fractions and figure out triangular degrees without my phone calculator.


The good news is that she’s pretty darn smart.


That’s good news for both of us. smile

Despite my lack of fraction skills, I do feel like I’ve been helpful to her and be a positive influence.

She sure has been a help and day brightener for me, too.

I look forward to the days I get to see her, and feel like I’m making a difference when she runs up and gives me a giant hug.

It’s pretty darn rewarding.

Today is our tutoring Christmas party!

I was able to buy my student a small gift, and will get to do some fun artwork and spend some time together.

I got her a lotion and body spray set, her favorite scented lip balm, her favorite snack, some Christmas candy, and a new book since she loves reading so much.

(Maybe I should have picked up “Elementary School Math for Dummies” for myself)

I feel like this gift will be my favorite to give this year.

So yeah.

I’m not great at elementary school math, but I hope I’m pretty good at being a positive light to my girl.

That’s what I’m loving this Thursday.

As for other things, I wonder if I can ask Santa for better math skills this year…

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