Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kids Say The Darndest Things!

There are days I question my ability to teach my kids and there are days I wonder if anything I am teaching them actually sticks.

There are days when I feel like I'm failing them and wonder if they'll ever become self- sufficient, productive, adults.

Then there are days when I just have to laugh and shake my  head at them.



You know, like when we've completed an entire page on borrowing and carrying over in math and then five minutes later they tell me they don't know how to do that.  Or when we've read an entire chapter and they've talked it to death for hours on end; acted it out they are playing and then tell me three days later they don't remember listening to it.  Or when they come up with real intelligent sayings like:

"Eggnog french toast.  I would eat that if it wasn't French toast."


"Wow!  Look at all this green!  This is a completely vegetarian forest!"


"There's only a tablespoon of butter left; want me to just throw that away?  Are there any recipes that just use one tablespoon of butter?"


"How do you boil water on the stove? Just turn it on and let it heat up or is there a special button?"


"Do I have to use a wooden spoon to stir the macaroni or could I use this (holds up a slotted cooking spoon)?"


When taking food out of the microwave: "This isn't hot yet.  Should I heat it longer?"


"I'm going to bring this ice home and wash the dirt off in the sink."


"Dead Poet Society?? Who would want to be a part of that?  Then you'd be dead!"


When playing American Trivia and using a giant game board of the United States one of them pointed to it and asked "This is the United States, right?"

When playing same game... the question was "who made the American Flag?"  "Um... Eleanor Cesar??...  Wait, who's Eleanor Cesar?"


"Jeans are my most prized possession pants."


"How come Alaska the Last Frontier is considered educational and Pokemon isn't?"


The day we were boiling up a concoction to pour over granite in order to make crystals and we got to the point where we had to set it aside to cool and one boy asked "set what aside to cool?  The rock." I replied "Did we heat up the rock." He answered "No, it's cold!"

"The capital of Iowa is Wisconsin.  NO wait that's in Seattle."  


"What's my favorite vacation that we've never been on?"


"Good thing gum doesn't have an expiration date on it or else our gum would be experated."


"6 divided by 2... that's 9 right?"... "No wait!  It's 2.  I mean 3!"  I think my head may have hit the counter at that one!  We've been working on division for over a year and sometimes I feel like we're right back at square one.  Other times they can divide like nobody's business.


"35 minus 10 is 45, right?"  
I really hope he meant plus!


"Does 5 + 6= 10?... well, I know 5+5 = 10 so probably not then?"

"What is the coy yote?"  
Having no idea what he meant he showed me the Scrambled States of America card to which I reply "it's coyote. The word is coyote."


2 comments :

  1. I hope this weekend is off to a good start. Spending this evening going back and catching up on your blog. I can totally relate to what you are saying here. This happens even with kids in public school. All of my kids have done this one. I am new to this homeschooling adventure, teaching my just turned 8 yr old. He does the same thing. Or when you start talking about things from the past days, reviewing, and he looks at you like you never covered it. Ugh!

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  2. Yeah I think it's just a "kid" thing. Right after I posted this article I went upstairs and my 7 year old came running over to me "mom! I read this last night. It says conditioner!" Turning around I expected to see him holding my hair conditioner bottle. I"m feeling pretty good and thinking he's really, finally, catching on to this reading thing. He was holding my eos egg of lip balm... I had to laugh and shake my head. In no way does eos say conditioner! Yet he could tell me that conditioner started with a c. I've learned you've just go to laugh and know that they somehow do put it all together eventually.

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