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Ok today while we were still finishing that sewing...

DD(9)- "Mum what is Depression?"

me- "With reference to weather or people?"

DD- "People."

me- " Well it means being very sad without due cause, and not being about to get over it."

DD- "So does that mean that in the Great Depression lots and lots of people were really sad?"

me- "Ha, no, that's to do with finances, like we were talking about banks foreclosing on people, the whole country was in money trouble."

DD- "That's funny. I know depression also means a dip in the ground. So that's ANOTHER one.

 

That was this morn, then she just ran in now

"Mum, mum, I just found and caught two beautiful green bugs and guess what they are doing?"

me- "Mating?" (do I know this child?)

DD- "Yes, and they are doing it beautifully! Look! I'm sooo lucky!"

 

(Want to see? They are mating beautifully, running around end-to-end here on my lap in a small plastic box until they get re-released)

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I really wish I could share this one on facebook as it's so cute and funny. We read the chapter in Life of Fred a couple months ago about aleph null and it came up today when we were driving around town.

 

 

DD from the backseat: "Elf-s are out during winter, Santa's elf-s." (I don't have the heart to correct her elf-s)

Me: "Yes..."

DD: "How old are elf-s? What comes after Al Elf Null?"

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On a whim the other night I took 2 min to broach the concept of negative numbers with my DD3.5. I drew her a number line on the dry erase board and we had fun goofing around with it, then she skipped off to brush her teeth. Five min later when I told her to pick out a book for the bedtime routine she asked, "Mommy, can we read a book about negative numbers?" If only I had had one handy...

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DD at piano, after seeing something marked 15va (play two octaves up), and asking her teacher why it isn't 8va, 16va, etc.

 

"So, for octaves beyond the first, the function rule is 8n-n, where N=the number of octaves you want to move up or down?"

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DD at piano, after seeing something marked 15va (play two octaves up), and asking her teacher why it isn't 8va, 16va, etc.

 

"So, for octaves beyond the first, the function rule is 8n-n, where N=the number of octaves you want to move up or down?"

I've never had a piano student say that--that's priceless!

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DD, (6):

 

"So a person makes a person, and then that person makes another person when they grow up, and than THAT person makes another person. Why, mom? They all die in the end. You and me will die too, but I won't die for quite a while because I am a kid. They say you go to be with God when you die, but I think you're just dead."

 

The very minute after MIL passed away last night. I asked her if she wasn't sad (because she didn't cry), and she said that she wasn't said because grandma wasn't in pain any more.

 

 

I'm sorry about your MIL.

 

My DS and I had a similar conversation, although he was asking about heaven and hell. He said he thinks when you die, you are just dead, laying on the ground forever. He says people made up heaven to make it happier when people die.

 

Filed under: "Deep conversations I'm not prepared for." (For the record I believe in an afterlife. Not sure where he came up with that!)

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We had a funny a few weeks ago. One day, DS2 was asking about the weather, trees blowing over, etc. He asked if it would kill you if a tree fell on you. I said that yes, it could kill you. (note: We had the April 27 tornadoes through AL a couple years ago, and had to drive through severely damaged areas everywhere we went, and even a year and a half later, there are still obvious damage areas that we drive through on a regular basis, and we saw a LOT of really big trees toppled over - completely uprooted).

 

Well, a few days later, we're driving through a state park to go to a wedding. He asks me, "Are there beavers here?" I said there could be. Then he said, "Beavers can kill you." I said I don't think beavers kill people. He then commented that they could gnaw through a tree and cause it to fall on you.

 

Ok, so yes, I suppose beavers could kill people... :rolleyes:

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My son has a hilarious imagination and is always amusing us with his randomness. Here's tonight's:

 

DH & DS (3.25) were walking in the rain tonight when DS suddenly threw himself on the ground and writhed around while laughing hysterically. DH picked him up and had this exchange.

 

DH: What are you doing?

DS: There's an octopus inside me; it's tickling me!

DH: Where did it come from?

DS: *points* That puddle.

DH: Can you ask it to stop so we can finish our walk?

DS: *stares seriously* Daddy, is pretend octopus.

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DD at piano, after seeing something marked 15va (play two octaves up), and asking her teacher why it isn't 8va, 16va, etc.

"So, for octaves beyond the first, the function rule is 8n-n, where N=the number of octaves you want to move up or down?"

Love this!

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This conversation happened tonight while I was making dinner. My ds(6) was telling me about the game he was playing on Google Earth.

 

me: That's cool, I didn't even know there was a game on Google Earth.

 

ds: To me, it's a game. To some people, it's just a map.

 

...a few moments later..

 

ds: Mama look! It's the road not taken!

 

Like in the Robert Frost poem, his 'game' took him to where "two roads diverged" on the map.

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You know how you play hide-and-seek with a small child? Pretending you don't see/hear them immediately while you pretend to check behind other things? Yeah, well, DS (3.33) has figured it out and knows how to patronize with the best of them!

 

He was playing with a 4-year-old girl at the park this afternoon and when he opened his eyes he immediately saw her behind the slide. So his face lit up with a grin and he said, "Are you behind the trash can? *checks* Nope. Are you in the trash can? *lifts lid* Nope. Are you on the swings? *checks* Nope. Are you in the house? *checks* Nope. Where are you, you sneaky girl? I'll climb up here so I can see. *climbs slide* *leans over slide* I found you!"

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DD at her 8 yr old physical (when the pediatrician was just talking to her, which she usually does while doing some of the developmental checks)

 

DD-"I was reading about Martin Luther and the Thesis that he nailed on the door and started the reformation, but I think they should have been called the "feces" instead, because after he did that, the brown stuff hit the proverbial fan!"

 

Her pediatrician (to me) "I guess we can check off "On grade level, then."

 

 

Her ped is a mother of a now adult, very gifted girl (and, I suspect, was a very gifted kid herself) so she's been a wonderful source of sanity for me through the years :).

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Not really belonging to this thread but tied to the previous post.

We have started doing Dante's Divine Comedy as a read-a-loud, as dd wanted to share it with me.

I asked her if she knew who Lucifer was as I wasn't sure if she knew that particular title.

DD "Yes, he started the Lutheran Church."

Me "Um, no, that would be Luther. Lucifer is another name for the devil."

We both packed up laughing.

Sorry Lutherans, your founder is having a tough time today.

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DD at her 8 yr old physical (when the pediatrician was just talking to her, which she usually does while doing some of the developmental checks)

 

DD-"I was reading about Martin Luther and the Thesis that he nailed on the door and started the reformation, but I think they should have been called the "feces" instead, because after he did that, the brown stuff hit the proverbial fan!"

 

Her pediatrician (to me) "I guess we can check off "On grade level, then."

 

 

Her ped is a mother of a now adult, very gifted girl (and, I suspect, was a very gifted kid herself) so she's been a wonderful source of sanity for me through the years :).

 

Love this. May I quote it in an email to my sister, a doctor in family practice who had gifted dc herself? In Canada, your family doctor sees your kids unless they need a specialist.

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My son (7) recently started the EPGY math and language arts classes. I set him to the start of 2nd grade to make sure that we didn't have any "gaps" in what he has learned so far. He was doing an exercise in which he was supposed to identify the verb in a sentence. Instead, he looked over at me and said "You see that word buzz? That's an example of onomatopoeia." I nearly fell out of my seat. He had seen the concept in an unrelated video that I hadn't watched.

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My DS2 was turning the pages of a book backwards and making up words for the page.

DS4: That's not what it says!

Me: Yes, but DS2 doesn't know how to read yet. He's just pretending. You used to do that when you were a baby.

DS4: No, because when I was a baby, I could read.

 

Okay, granted, he was reading at DS2's age, but that's not the point.

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Took ds to doctor for possible strep throat. Doctor came in and asked ds what was wrong. Ds told him that he had some spots on his uvula. Doctor paused, then asked again. Ds repeated himself. Doctor said, "What?" Dd looked around at the empty walls and said, "Where did you go to college?"

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Post something your kids say that can only come from an enriching (homeschool :tongue_smilie:) environment. Feel free to post something others may interpret as bragging and act offended. :D

 

Here's ours--

Tonight at dinner...

 

5 yr old: I’m making more bacteria. Look! S-s-s-p-l-i-i-i-t! (over and over again as he splits each bunch of broccoli into many smaller strands)

 

Now I’m a white blood cell eating bacteria!

 

Mom, the white blood cell is doing a fine job!

 

Meanwhile older brother is practicing his cello in the hallway. Older brother and sister are arguing about whose edition of the Bach Suites in G is closer to the original (including whether or not a grace note should be in a certain place). Sister comes running to parents with her sheet music and says something, to which older brother announces from the other room: “That’s a fallacy!”

 

5 year old: It’s a red herring!

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Took ds to doctor for possible strep throat. Doctor came in and asked ds what was wrong. Ds told him that he had some spots on his uvula. Doctor paused, then asked again. Ds repeated himself. Doctor said, "What?" Dd looked around at the empty walls and said, "Where did you go to college?"

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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This is a toddler funny, but he picked it up from my 6 yo DD. DS2 is coming up on 3 yo. He was supposed to be napping the other day, he was having difficulty falling asleep. I heard him reciting Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade," which he picked up as DD memorized a few verses, LOL.

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My 3-, almost 4-year-old asked me the other day, "Mommy, when Robbie grows up to be my big brother, will I already be a mommy by then?" I explained that she is three years older than him, so her age will always be three years older than his age. "So when he is 3, you will be 6."

 

She jumped in with,"And when he's 4, I'll be 7? and when he's 5, I'll be 8? And when he's 10, I'll be--"(with the smirk that means she's about to answer wrong on purpose)"10!"

I said, "You will still be three years older than him, so when he's 10 you will be thir-" "13!" she shouted, "And when I'm 10, he will be 7!"

 

 

 

This morning, my two-year-old was singing "Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold" to herself, perfectly. The Hobbit is her favorite bedtime story from Daddy, though she calls it "The Dwarves and the Dragon".

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My youngest just turned three a couple of days before Christmas. For some reason, a couple of weeks ago, DH ended up explaining to her the difference between transparent, translucent (he showed her at this point that she could hold her hand up to a light and sort of see through to your blood), and opaque. Not the sort of thing you'd expect to stick.

 

Her toddler bed is still located in our room, as she is a total night owl and our other daughter is not.

 

So we put her to bed a week or so after the conversation she and her dad had. She didn't want to be there, but the house was dark and we were in bed. She starts singing her own little song that she's making up as she goes along. (Daddy posted the lyrics to his facebook page soon after, while it was still fresh in his mind.) It goes something very close to this:

 

"I am singing loudly and mommy does not like it 'cause it wakes her up, but I (s)till singing 'cause I want to." A verse or so later: "I am not trans parent because I can not see through myself. I trans lucent. Maybe opaque. My bear is opaque."

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My youngest just turned three a couple of days before Christmas. For some reason, a couple of weeks ago, DH ended up explaining to her the difference between transparent, translucent (he showed her at this point that she could hold her hand up to a light and sort of see through to your blood), and opaque. Not the sort of thing you'd expect to stick.

 

Her toddler bed is still located in our room, as she is a total night owl and our other daughter is not.

 

So we put her to bed a week or so after the conversation she and her dad had. She didn't want to be there, but the house was dark and we were in bed. She starts singing her own little song that she's making up as she goes along. (Daddy posted the lyrics to his facebook page soon after, while it was still fresh in his mind.) It goes something very close to this:

 

"I am singing loudly and mommy does not like it 'cause it wakes her up, but I (s)till singing 'cause I want to." A verse or so later: "I am not trans parent because I can not see through myself. I trans lucent. Maybe opaque. My bear is opaque."

 

 

 

This is great! I taught those terms to my eldest, although she was 4, not 3, and they stuck, but I can't recall any cute stories as I was pregnant and am happy to remember teaching them to her at all as I was so spacey during my pregnancies :).

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DD at her 8 yr old physical (when the pediatrician was just talking to her, which she usually does while doing some of the developmental checks)

 

DD-"I was reading about Martin Luther and the Thesis that he nailed on the door and started the reformation, but I think they should have been called the "feces" instead, because after he did that, the brown stuff hit the proverbial fan!"

 

Her pediatrician (to me) "I guess we can check off "On grade level, then."

 

Hey, potty humor is "on grade level" for an eight-year-old, right? She's just taking it to a new level of sophistication!

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In our "spelling bee" today:

 

Me: Recess.

Ds6: R-h-e-s-u-s.

 

Later, while skyping with my mother, in a mess of French and English:

 

Ds5: I won the spelling bee today!

Ds6: Mom cheated and used a proper noun, that's why you won.

Me: Recess isn't a proper noun, it's a common noun, or it can be a verb.

Ds6: No, it's the name of a TV show!

 

 

Also, am I the only one who finds it adorable when their kids are trying out new vocab words? Ds6 has been using the words "cull" and "infiltrate" as often has humanly possible for the last few days and I can't help but smile when he talks about chocolate chips infiltrating cookie dough. :)

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We were playing Dungeons and Dragons as a family, when the party ran across two Tieflings who wanted to join the group and help fight the monsters. The discussion concerned whether to trust these unknown players. The Tieflings stated quite clearly that they were happy to fight, but would want their share of the treasure, and if the group chose not to include them, they were happy to go on their way and get the treasure on their own if they could. All of the sudden my older says "Wait! Stop! It's a game." Well, yes, we know it is a game darling. "No you don't understand. It's Game Theory! If you give me a moment I can calculate the Mixed-Strategy Nash Equilibrium, and then we will know what to do. All we need to know is the payoff matrix and the probabilities!" No arguing with that logic. :) He then proceeded to spend an hour on the calculations.

 

Ruth in NZ

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DS (3) describes an OREO:

 

It has chocolate on top. *holds hand flat at head height*

It has chocolate on the bottom *holds other hand at waist height*

In the middle it has that white stuff...like toothpaste...but not toothpaste...it makes your teeth dirty, not clean.

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At the chiropractor today I noticed that my almost 6 year old daughter had put her turtleneck on backwards. I caught the backward shoes, but missed the shirt. I mentioned the mistake in front of the assistant and my daughter said, "Oh, I'm sorry, the volocity of my rotation isn't adequit for my atire." The assistant, who should know better by now, said, "Huh?" My dd, "Humm," thinking a moment says, "I was spinning too quickly, I mean fast, to dress my self correctly... I mean the right way." Sadly, I find that my children are more often having to adjust their vocabulary to be understood by the adults in their lives. :(

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Every now and then I find my small girl's finger in her nose :blink: , so I asked her why she puts her finger in her nose and she says "Mommy, it's part of my calculations!"

 

I think her calculations are a little off!! LOL

 

:001_wub:

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We were visiting cousins last week, and my nephew and Ds 8 (who are one year apart in age) were paying in the basement on Friday morning. My sister came down stairs to tell her son it was time to go to school, and that he needed to pick up. Nephew protests that he was going to play with the toys again later, and my sister said "you won't be seeing these things for another six and a half hours, so clean them up!" DS thought she was joking and said, "Right! That's like half the day!" I guess he now knows how good his 3 hour HS days are!

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DD, age 5, "Por favor. May I please, amabo te, have some aqua?" And when I handed it to her, " Gracias, xie xie, tibi gratis ago. "

 

And a couple minutes later, "'Mommy, did you know that Latin is the mommy and Greek the daddy? And they got together and had a lot of kids like English and Spanish!"

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Ha! This thread is making me chuckle.

 

When my son was 3 and in the hospital, they woke him hourly to take vitals, etc. After a few times in the middle of the night, he curled his finger at the night nurse and had her come in for a whisper. His tone said, excuse me, I don't want to alarm you, but: "You're nocturnal," he whispered gently. She took the news rather well.

 

DS6 was in the pediatrician's exam room. She'd just finished "testing" his development by having him write his name, sing the ABCs, etc, when he went back to reading one of her books aloud. This one was about the planets and he was reading about their atmospheres. After reading about gas giants, he asked me, "Mom, did you know that Neptune is blue because of methane gas in the atmosphere? Do you think scientists will change their minds about Neptune like they did about Pluto? It's just made of gas so it doesn't have a surface. If it doesn't have a surface, I don't think it should be called a planet."

 

I have too often quieted my rowdy children in stores singing "Tchaikovsky wrote a great ballet! It's name was Swah-ha-ha-han Lake! The king and queen wanted him to wed, but the prince went down to the lake instead..." to the tune of the overture.

 

DS8 commented during our history reading, "Don't these people read history? Every time a leader limits the freedoms of the people, the country falls apart or gets conquered by another country." <thoughtful pause> "Does our president study history?"

 

Yesterday, DS6 made a jab at his older brother, something along the lines of "Sure, I'll do all of your chores while you play." Knowing the tone, DS8 replied, "Thanks!" DS6: "I was being facetious."

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After watching an episode of Magic School Bus yesterday, DS (3.5) wanted to combine baking soda and vinegar in a bottle to inflate a balloon. We took the items outside to the porch and he was "very esscited" by the results. Today he saw the baking soda in the kitchen and said:

 

DS: What's that?

Me: You remember, it's...

DS: Baking soda!

Me: We mixed it with...

DS: Vinegar! And it made gas.

Me: Yes, carbon dioxide gas. Can you say carbon dioxide?

DS: Carbon di-outside. But I wanted to make it inside.

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Not a quote, but....

 

My DD3.75 was having trouble winding down for a nap the other day. She's still taking HOURS-long naps (2- 4.5 hrs), but has been balking a bit lately. She was freaking out that I wouldn't let her listen to Magic Tree House stories as she fell asleep (it's too engaging for her). Feeling a bit desperate to find a way to calm her down, I started asking her some mental addition & subtraction problems and it was as if she was suddenly a different child. She settled right down, smiled sweetly at me, and begged for more while starting to act sleepy. She was especially tickled with the concept of 0+0=0, and laughed and laughed about that one. What a goof!

 

The things you never thought you'd find yourself doing to get your child to sleep... And yes, she slept 3 hours. :sleep:

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My older went to a birthday party last weekend with 4 other kids - all new high schoolers (8th grade) who all went to school. They realized that my ds did not know most of the swear words, so were enjoying seeing which he knew and didn't know. Apparently, they asked him if he knew what a "cant" is. He quite happily said that he did! "Kant? I know Kant. Immanuel Kant was a German philosopher." After a bit of a silence, the boy said "I didn't say 'Kant.'" ;)

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