when i was in 3rd grade, my family lived in melbourne, australia for jan-june. since their academic calendar starts in jan, i attended half of 3rd grade in the states, half of 4th in australia, and then came back to the states and finished a whole 4th grade year. i remember being more advanced in my penmanship, but needing to learn certain letters differently (p, r). my sister, 2 years younger, probably first learned to write there; her writing to this day shows more australian influence than mine.
last time i was home my parents had me sort through one of the (seemingly endless) boxes full of stuff they’d saved and i found one notebook, with only 4 pages completed, of homework from that classroom. it’s been kind of fun this term to take notes on my dissertation and at professional conferences in the same notebook in which i learned fractions. here’s a photo of half a page. note how neat! also how thorough and patient the teacher’s explanation!
nope, i don’t remember what “vulgar fractions” was supposed to mean.