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I already posted this on FB, forgive me . . . 

 

DS10, at breakfast, out of the blue: You know, EVERYBODY talks about Caligula and Nero all the time!  People should really think more about the Aztec priests!!

 

(later, at dinner)

 

DH:  So, tell me about those Aztec priests!

DS10, with a dour expression: Dad, you do NOT want to talk about Aztec priests during dinner, trust me.

 

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I already posted this on FB, forgive me . . . 

 

DS10, at breakfast, out of the blue: You know, EVERYBODY talks about Caligula and Nero all the time!  People should really think more about the Aztec priests!!

 

(later, at dinner)

 

DH:  So, tell me about those Aztec priests!

DS10, with a dour expression: Dad, you do NOT want to talk about Aztec priests during dinner, trust me.

 

 

:lol: I need to hang out with your ds I think.  I wish EVERBODY I knew were talking about Caligula and Nero, even!  I'm so tired of inane chatter about nothing at holiday parties.   :leaving:  That's the introvert crawling back into her anti-social hole. Whew, the holidays are tough!

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:lol: I need to hang out with your ds I think.  I wish EVERBODY I knew were talking about Caligula and Nero, even!  I'm so tired of inane chatter about nothing at holiday parties.   :leaving:  That's the introvert crawling back into her anti-social hole. Whew, the holidays are tough!

 

I just get quizzed endlessly about homeschooling!  Most people I meet are completely fascinated by it-- even the "socialization" questions I get at parties are mostly true curiosity and benign, with only about 1-2% actually being the hostile sort.  Sometimes I kind of wish I could talk about something else LOL.  My holiday bane is my annual Christmas Virus, which currently has me trapped upstairs in my room, trying not to give it to anybody else!

 

I think that during the holidays, people think, "Well, I know I'm sick, but we only have this party once per year, I should go."  

 

No, you really shouldn't.  Because then *I* catch your cold, no matter how much sanitizer or soap I use, an long after you have recovered, *I* end up freaking SICK for the holidays yet again.  LOL there's my "bah, humbug" :D  Just had to get that off my chest!   Now if I could just get this ELEPHANT off my chest so I could breathe . . . 

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Aaargh, I want to know why, after following this thread since it was first on the boards, I get the first page as my first unread post?

 

No, that's not some cute witticism from my precocious children as they are all too old to be precocious now.

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Yesterday in the car, my 3-year-old started pretending to cry.

Dd4: "You're not really sad, you're faking! You're a faker!"

Dd3: "Fiddlesticks! I am, too! You-you're just fiddlesticks!"

Dd4: "Nonsense!"

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We are traveling on vacation at the moment, and yesterday we were driving on the freeway for several hours. DH was exhausted and decided a coffee was in order. He was happy to see a sign for Starbucks at the next exit, but he somehow missed the exit due to traffic...

Dd (just turned 4) shouted from her carseat in the back, "Don't worry Dad, Starbucks are UBIQUITOUS! I will keep my eyes peeled!"

 

Out of the mouths of babes:)

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Me to DS while doing math: DS, you need to THINK! 

DS: Are you saying that I don't exist?

Me: Huh?

DS: If I do not think, do I then NOT exist?

 

(From Descartes' "Cogito ergo sum." DS is almost 9.)

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DH and I were playing Scrabble the other night and I had left the stuff out when we went to bed.  Next morning, DD#1 saw the little dictionary we'd been using and said, "Oh!  It's an alphabetical order book!"

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We started studying a country a month this fall, and it's worked out great, casually covering lots of biology, geography, & history. I asked DD4 if she'd like to study Mexico or Costa Rica next, or possibly do Alaska instead (where she was born - it's such a cool place I didn't want her to forget about it).

 

"Mommy, I think we should just study all the countries first, and then move on to states"

Hahaha - we have our work cut out for us!

 

And in response to the holiday gift oddities post:

One of her favorite Christmas presents was 3 flags from countries we've been studying (Japan, Australia, Egypt). She carries those things everywhere!

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The 3-year-old to the 4-year-old yesterday:

 

"That was very naughty of you! As a punishment, you don't get to do any more math!"

 

 

 

This morning the two of them were gleefully fighting a "battle" with wooden spoons in their white and red paper crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt, calling one another King Narmer and King Armer.

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A funny from today:

My dd4 is absolutely enamored with Linnaean taxonomy. She has two enormous tubs of Schleich plastic animal replicas and can spend hours arranging, piling, classifying them. Today I finished the dishes and happened upon her busily at work...

 

When I asked her how it was going she informed me she was too busy to talk to me since she was separating her animals into the seven classes of animals in Phylum Chordata...she pointed each pile out to me (but mommy, Agnatha only has ONE lamprey! He's lonely!), this pile is Osteichthyes, this was is Chondrichthyes (said with a 4-yr-old voice that makes me melt), Reptilia, Amphibia, Aves....

And Mommy, look at Mammalia! As she points to the biggest pile that has an odd assortment of animals, Disney princesses, and a few Octonauts figures:)

She then proceeds to play her 'five things' game, telling me five things about each class, with mammals last.

After telling me that all mammals have hair or fur, she suddenly became very quiet.

 

Suddenly she asked: "Mommy, is Grandpa a mammal? He doesn't have babies, he can't make milk, and he doesn't have hair OR fur?! (Grandpa is bald and pretty hairless)

 

Me, giggling hysterically, "oh, why don't we call him and you can ask him?"

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DS 9: "You know Dad's shirt that says 'Welcome to the Dork Side, We Have Pi!'  I really want one of those!"

 

I just love nerds!!

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Not something precocious she said or did, but last night I was shocked when my 3-year-old was moved to tears by Schubert's "Serenade". We were all cuddled up listening to some music on YouTube before bedtime, and it was showing nature scenes and sunsets--she started quietly crying that the sun was "lonely", with big tears rolling down her face.

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Watching Percy Jackson and the sea of monsters tonight. When the hippocampus part came on dd goes "he has flat teeth. He eats plants"

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While snuggling at bedtime last night, dd7 was thanking me for our wonderful day.  She said, "I love you so much. I don't know how to express my appreciation for everything you do for me.  I know if I didn't have you I would have to go to school."  Then she paused for a minute, and said, "If anything happens to you, I'm going to need a new mom!"   :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

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8yo answering a science question about if man evolved.  He says "I need to know what religion the writer believes in before he can answer it.

 

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Older girl at dance after hearing DD is homeschooled "DO you know what 6x9 is?"

 

DD- 54. Do you know what f(3)= if f(x)=x^2-9?

 

All said in a Wednesday Addams deadpan.

 

 

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My daughter was writing thank you notes to her basketball coaches.  Her first impulse for the closing was, "Yours,"  She's nine. 

 

(I convinced her to go with "Thanks again," for the rest)

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My 4 yod watched a documentary on the ocean a few days ago.   This morning she informed me that she doesn't want to swim in the ocean any more because there are sharks in the water.   I responded by saying, yes, there are, but there always have been. 

 

She looked at me and said, "Yes.   I know.  But now I realize it."  

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This morning DD re-wrote all her subtraction work so the answers would be negative numbers. Then said "This way is more fun!"

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Dd is setting up an aquarium for tadpoles and managed to trap a big air bubble in her net.

I pointed out she could be a spider.

"You mean a diving bell spider. Look at my thorax mum is it covered with big hairs? No, so I can't be can I?"

As she's walking around in just undies, cos she can, I was forced to confirm her lack of hairy chest.

She obviously needs to eat more crusts.

 

She's then marched off and confirmed the spider name from a book, Argyroneta.

 

 

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Oh, snap!

 

So I have always really despised 'baby talk' to children. I am not talking about adjusting your voice/tone/level of enthusiasm to the child to a certain degree, but the sort of cutsie-pootsie add-an-ie- to everything. And even a four my dd notices when other adults talk down to her.

We have always made an effort to avoid that kind of thing...so imagine my horror:

We are on Spring Break vacation and are at a major kid-centric area. I seem to have lapsed into "Mommy is...Mommy will....Mommy just...etc." as I was getting her ready to swim.

She was about to jump off the side of the pool and SHOUTS, "Hey mom! A pronoun is a word used to replace a noun to avoid repetition!"

 

😳Apparently she was listening to our language lessons.

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Silly boy was singing "old Mac Donald had a farm and on that farm he had a dinosaur" and after that "and on that farm he had a spider riding a bicycle, either a spider big enough to ride a bicycle, or a bicycle tiny enough for a spider to ride it.. with a web, web here, and a web, web there, here a web, there a web, everywhere a web, web."

 

I told him he's going to have to change it to ei-ei-eww.

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Not particularly precocious since he's K (age 4.5) and I'm A, but funny nonetheless. We were driving home from the park and he started quizzing me:

 

K: What is 1+1?

A: 2

K: What is 2+2?

A: 4

K: What is 4+4?

A: 8

K: What is 8+8?

A: 16

K: What is 16+16?

A: 32

K: What is 32+32?

A: 64

K: What is 64+64?

A: 128

K: What is 128+128?

A: 256

K: What is 256+256?

A: 512

K: What is 512+512?

A: 1,024

K: What is 1,024+1,024?

A: 2,048

K: What is 2 thous...*deep sigh* Uhhhhhh, I'm tired of adding!!!!

A: *laughs* I did all the adding!  You just asked the questions.

K: Well, my mouth is tire...dry.  My mouth is dry so I can't ask any more questions.

A: Fine with me--I'm tired of adding!

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Finished reading Romeo and Juliet with my 11 year old 5th grader and we had a good discussion of what Romeo and Juliet should have done and what the made the play a real tragedy (not just the deaths of characters).

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I asked (history lover) DS8 to be specific about what he meant when he said he didn't like math. In response he shared a personal observation that he seemed to respond poorly to unexpected subject changes. He wanted to be forewarned and given time to ready himself for the new material. He then drew an illustrative example that began something like this, "You know, it's kind of like The Hague Convention when ..." but it all got fuzzy after that because I was all like, "Wait, the WHAT convention??" and various other confused inquiries about context and details that had nothing to do with his point from which my mind had been entirely derailed.

 

We never did regain focus on the point of what he was trying to explain to me about his problem and yet - a good couple/few hours later - it began to dawn in my mind that maybe, .. maybe, .. he HAD made his point.

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Sometimes the vocabulary around here kills me!

 

The other day I overheard ds (7) say to dd: "I really wish you would draw a picture for me according to my fancy." 

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Can I just say I â¤my kid?!

 

Today dd4 was doing a page of simple division problems from her Singapore book and she put down her pencil with a huge sigh. I asked if she had had enough and she said, "no, but these problems are all perfect."

 

I asked if she meant that she had done them correctly, and she said, "no, I mean PERFECT. What happens when there is a number you want to divide that isn't perfect?"

 

Ahh! Well, that is why we have this thing called long division. Watch, we do it like this...

 

5 minutes later she is doing long division with single digit divisors into 4 digits on her own with absolute glee, and insists that I show her double-digit divisors tomorrow:)

 

She suddenly throws her arms around my neck, gives me a slobbery (and mucousy, eew!) kiss and tells me I am the best, most fun mommy in the whole world and even on other planets:)

Ahh. How could I give that up to send her to school somewhere?! (Even with the snotty nose!)

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Me to DS while doing math: DS, you need to THINK! 

DS: Are you saying that I don't exist?

Me: Huh?

DS: If I do not think, do I then NOT exist?

 

(From Descartes' "Cogito ergo sum." DS is almost 9.)

 

That reminds me of one of my favorite jokes. Descartes is sitting in a pub, when a waitress walks over and asks if he would like another drink. He pauses for a moment, says, "Well.....I think not." POOF, he vanishes! :laugh: (Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week!)

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Ds (4) just told me he wants to make a "strata-swirl tie dye shirt!"  I wasn't planning on tie dying any time soon.  LOL

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Me (to dh): "Hey, do you know what Fibonacci's first name was?"

Ms 8, with confidence: "Flipper."

Us: "Flipper Fibonacci?!"  :lol:

 

Ms 5, at the wildlife park: "Is this bamboo?"

Me: "Yes, it is."

Ms 5: "Well, where are the pandas? Pandas always live near bamboo. Why is there bamboo and no pandas?"

(Cue quick lesson on logical fallacies.)

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Well, it is official. A really believe a ps teacher would at the very least think we are crazy, at the worst report us:)

 

My hubby and child were in the back yard this evening. After hearing a door slam, and cupboards bang I went to see what mischief my dd4 was up to.

She had the Brock Magiscope in one hand and the box of dissection tools in the other, shouting "mommy, there is a dead baby opossum in the yard! Can we dissect it?! Wait until you see it's tiny opposable thumbs, they are teeny-weeny and so cute!"

 

Oh. Uhh, maybe not right before dinner sweetheart?!

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Ds was watching The Fellowship of the Ring, and when the fellowship is being taken to the king of the wood elves, he said, "Hey, they're going up an inclined plane."

 

 

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Ds5 at Walmart: "The Spanish word for bath in bano!" I said "how do you know THAT?" Ds5: "It says so on that sign! It has the English word, bath, and the Spanish word, bano!"

 

The real question is, did he pronounce the ñ? ;)

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Big Brother: I want to be a microbiologist.

Little Brother: That's funny. You want to be a microbiologist, and I want to be a marine biologist.

Big Brother: Then you will be a macrobiologist.

Little Brother (gleefully): A mackerel biologist!

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DD took the National Science League exam today-and regaled me with "They must think we're idiots. I mean, asking which animal lays hard-shelled eggs when only one of the animals showed was even oviparous." and similar comments.

 

I'm thinking we need to find a different science competition for her....

 

 

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I just overheard dd 2 (age 4) singing lines from Shakespeare to the tune of "Do you know the muffin man":

 

"Captain of our fairy band

Helena is here at hand"

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When your kid is loving BA 3A and totally gets it... But is young enough to need acute, right, and obtuse angles explained in terms of Goldilocks and "baby bear mouth," "momma bear mouth" and "papa bear mouth"... That, I'm thinking, is asynchronous.

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A few weeks ago I dropped a pyrex measuring cup and then proceeded to cut my wrist on it.  It was a pretty deep wound that probably should have been sewn up and made quite a mess.  My ds came into the room and the first thing he said was "hang on mom, I'll get the microscope and slides! Let's see what those blood cells look like!"

 

um, no.  Not this time.  I had him hold pressure to stop the bleeding instead.  :)

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My mother asked Ds if he would like to go to school with her. She teaches at an elementary school as a literacy specialist. It was going to be for Take Your Child to Work Day. His response, "No! Public school is just babysitting for poor people."

 

My mother was shocked "What?". I was horrifically embarrassed. "Excuse me?!"

 

Ds "Mom, really, you need to read up on the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. It was brilliant community organizing!"

 

That's what I get for showing him how to use Google and encouraging his grassroots politics! Finer points like stopping dismembered 10 year olds, black lung, manipulating young people, using children to stop strikes, and such were later discussed to clarify a bit about some of the more unsightly realities of child labor other than just public school.

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Rather than blow up/break down when they have to go back over their Algebra papers, the boys sing the Thinking Song from Blues Clues while redoing any and all missed problems.

 

They wouldn't have ever been allowed to do that in a PS classroom, so I guess this HSing thing is working out for them?

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This was a conversation with my DD6 this morning: Her aunt gave birth to a very prem baby recently - my SIL has been released from the hospital after 3 weeks there 2 of which were in ICU and the baby is still in the NICU but doing well. My DD would like to see her cousin of course.

 

"Mom, how is Jared doing?" 

He's doing well - picking up weight, but not drinking well yet - I think he'll come home when he is drinking better.

 

"How much does he weigh now?"

About 1.8kgs (we all work in metric here)

 

"What is 1.8kg -  does that mean 1kg and 80% of a kg?"

Yes, 80% of a kg is 800g

 

She has only touched on percentages in LOF Farming and the only decimals she has done is with money, but she has somehow linked the two herself.

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Probably not very intellectual, but made me a proud mommy.

 

DD4, a beginner reader, tries to spell words that she could read. This morning she was trying to convince her dad why "right" should be spelled as "rit".  Enough to justify my AAR purchase :)  (Its only been  2-3 weeks of learning to read for her).

 

She just tried to spell "monkey" - she got "monk" right.  Its funny with little one wanting to spell every single word.

 

She found my nail color (DH was busy and I wasn't at home) and painted her hands and legs.  No spills and her nails don't look messy at all.  Not perfect, but nicely done.  The nail paint on her right hand looked as neat as her left.  :)

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