I have been informed that the picnic table in our side yard is 37 clothespins long.
That is with them clipped, nose to tail, in a chain. I didn't have the heart to make it a precise lesson, seeing how it was their experiment, and proud demonstration to me. Learning is so much more valuable/exciting/memorable when the student feels invested in it...when it's a discovery, not a lecture. We'll get there. For now, they have the idea. And it was their idea.
(PS: Yup. I missed this Monday for an apron post. Already. Bite me--I have a teething baby. Who, now that I think about it, already bites me plenty. Do not bite me. Just stay tuned.)