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Homeschool fail here, too:

 

DS was asked what time period the Little House books were written in.  His response:  The Great Depression.   :confused1:

 

Weren't most of them written in the 1930's?  So even though they take place in the late 19th century, your DS was actually correct about the time they were written!  

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Weren't most of them written in the 1930's?  So even though they take place in the late 19th century, your DS was actually correct about the time they were written!  

I had not thought of the question from that perspective.  I took it to mean setting.  I will pass this on to DS. :)

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Ds asked yesterday, "Should I make a card for the veterinarian for Veteran's Day?" :blushing:

Just so you don't feel alone, I had to explain that, no, that person on the corner with a sign is not someone who cares for pets without homes.

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This one is more of a cultural education fail -

 

At a costume party last week a man with a movie-worthy Ghostbusters costume asked dd "Who ya' gonna' call?" ...

 

To which she replied with a quizzical look, "my mom???"

 

Must watch more movies.

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Dd asked today, "Did they celebrate Thanksgiving when Jesus was alive?"

 

:huh:

After graduating high school, I went to South Africa with 5 others. One of the girls, who was still in high school, asked our host family if they celebrated thanksgiving. When they asked what thanksgiving was, she was shocked! We had to explain it to her later (she also was confused why they didn't celebrate July 4th.)
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Ds could not find the word/picture for butter in First 1000 Spanish Words book and thus concluded Spanish speakers must not have such a thing.

 

Because..you know..there are only 1000 Spanish nouns in the entire language....

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One of my DC made a comment about bunnies hatching from eggs (I'm pretty sure it was made sarcastically).  To which I responded, sarcastically, "Yes, bunnies lay eggs."  Then I realized my 5yo was listening and thought she probably thinks we're being serious.  I really need to watch the sarcasm.  

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We have these moments way too much. One of us usually quips, "Who is TEACHING these kids, anyway?" or "Their teacher should be fired."

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About two years ago, after we finished reading aloud The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we also watched the movie. Following this, we had a family discussion about Aslan. Following this, my youngest daughter said, "I've been meaning to ask -- Who is Asthma, anyway?"

 

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My husband made a passing reference (to me) about the Zombie Apocalypse. Of course the girls overheard him, so they wanted to know, "What's a zombie?" He explained (I have no idea what he said).

 

A few days later, we drove past a church with a sign that advertised Zumba Dance classes. Same youngest daughter asked, "Daddy, why does that church have dance classes for walking dead people?"

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One of my DC made a comment about bunnies hatching from eggs (I'm pretty sure it was made sarcastically). To which I responded, sarcastically, "Yes, bunnies lay eggs." Then I realized my 5yo was listening and thought she probably thinks we're being serious. I really need to watch the sarcasm.

Well, bunnies DO lay Cadbury eggs...

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Yesterday our Bible reading was from Matthew 8 - the part that says not to swear by your head because you can't make one hair black or white. Afterward I asked the kids to tell me what they heard. The five year old's response? We shouldn't dye our hair. 

 

I'm going to hell. 

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One of my daughters decided to make a chess set out of little bits of paper, each labeled with the name of the piece it represented. She managed to spell everything correctly except for pawn (yes you guessed what she wrote). I just said "Wow, that's so neat. Next time, remember that AW makes the aw sound on pawn" and left it at that. Now I'm worried that somebody else might enlighten her about what her spelling means.

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"Mom did they have electricity when you were little?!"

Well now, this makes sense. My kids know that cell phones and tablets didn't exist when I was little; if we didn't have something so basic, why assume we had electricity?

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This may be more of a product of too much time watching his siblings play Minecraft than homeschooling.

 

A few months ago, DS2 (had just turned 5) was petting our cat and asked "Mommy, did we get Dax as a kitten or did we tame her from an ocelot?"

 

 

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I don't know if this is a homeschooling fail or a homeschool hooray.  My husband was talking to the kids and asked if any of them knew what "remain" meant.  He was going for "remain" as in stick around, stay close.  My ds said, "A dead person."  What?!?!  "You know, the remains of someone who died."  This is from my right brained thinker so the things that come out of his mouth are very much not the norm.

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After graduating high school, I went to South Africa with 5 others. One of the girls, who was still in high school, asked our host family if they celebrated thanksgiving. When they asked what thanksgiving was, she was shocked! We had to explain it to her later (she also was confused why they didn't celebrate July 4th.)

I did this with my foreign exchange sister the first year she was with us. I asked her what they did for Thanksgiving in the Bahamas. It took me a minute before I understood why she laughed. Total lapse in logic on my part. lol 

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DD, age 6ish, "What was it like when the dinosaurs were alive?"

 

Me, unable to resist, "I don't know, ask Grandma."

 

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One of my daughters decided to make a chess set out of little bits of paper, each labeled with the name of the piece it represented. She managed to spell everything correctly except for pawn (yes you guessed what she wrote). I just said "Wow, that's so neat. Next time, remember that AW makes the aw sound on pawn" and left it at that. Now I'm worried that somebody else might enlighten her about what her spelling means.

Can someone enlighten me? This went right over my head.

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We spent several months studying the Reformation. At the end of the study, when I asked my son who was the head of the Catholic Church, he said, "Henry VIII?"

 

So much fail.

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One of my daughters decided to make a chess set out of little bits of paper, each labeled with the name of the piece it represented. She managed to spell everything correctly except for pawn (yes you guessed what she wrote). I just said "Wow, that's so neat. Next time, remember that AW makes the aw sound on pawn" and left it at that. Now I'm worried that somebody else might enlighten her about what her spelling means.

It's okay, I pronounce porn and pawn the same: she's doing fine.

 

I did this with my foreign exchange sister the first year she was with us. I asked her what they did for Thanksgiving in the Bahamas. It took me a minute before I understood why she laughed. Total lapse in logic on my part. lol 

 

I, a Brit, have been asked how we celebrate Thanksgiving.  I was so surprised that I lost my sark...

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My huge homeschool fail: not teaching the concept of semesters.

 

When my twins applied for freshman fall 2014 admission to college, we received an acceptance letter a few weeks later that said, "Congratulations! You've been selected for admission to the Summer 2014 term!"

 

So I asked my son why he applied for the summer term instead of the fall term. He said the application asked him when he wanted to attend, and he knew he wanted to start in August, and August is in the summer, so he clicked "summer" on his application. Makes sense, right?

 

So a word of advice: if you plan to homeschool K-12 like I did, explain the concept of semesters BEFORE college applications go out.

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My huge homeschool fail: not teaching the concept of semesters.

 

When my twins applied for freshman fall 2014 admission to college, we received an acceptance letter a few weeks later that said, "Congratulations! You've been selected for admission to the Summer 2014 term!"

 

So I asked my son why he applied for the summer term instead of the fall term. He said the application asked him when he wanted to attend, and he knew he wanted to start in August, and August is in the summer, so he clicked "summer" on his application. Makes sense, right?

 

So a word of advice: if you plan to homeschool K-12 like I did, explain the concept of semesters BEFORE college applications go out.

Lol! Totally makes sense. Now that I think about it your son is right and colleges got it wrong. August-December is like 4 months, also Jan-May, and they also have the "extra" Summer term...none of those last 6 months :)
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Dd asked today, "Did they celebrate Thanksgiving when Jesus was alive?"

 

:huh:

She knows about Thanksgiving, and she knows about Jesus...it's OK if she hasn't got the timing quite yet...many kids don't know about either, so you're good!!
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I'm fairly sure she used an "or" instead of the "aw".

 

Thanks to Renai for asking the question & Jean for answering. I have a kid who often picks the wrong phonogram to stick in the word, but I never would have thought 'or' could be pronounced at all like 'aw'. None of the alternatives that I guessed seemed to be an issue. Pon? Paun? Pan? Puzzled me, but I didn't want to admit I didn't have a clue.

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Thanks to Renai for asking the question & Jean for answering. I have a kid who often picks the wrong phonogram to stick in the word, but I never would have thought 'or' could be pronounced at all like 'aw'. None of the alternatives that I guessed seemed to be an issue. Pon? Paun? Pan? Puzzled me, but I didn't want to admit I didn't have a clue.

 

Me too!  The most common mistake I see for pawn has been pond.  (And when I moved my pond here, he took my Bishop.....)

 

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I was trying to explain Christopher Columbus sailing across the ocean and "discovering" the Americas to my 7 year old, as well as Native Americans living here before British settled on the east coast.  To review, I asked him some questions.

 

Me:  And who was here before the Europeans settled here?

7 yr old:  No one.  There was darkness across all the land!

 

THEN...

 

Me:  And what did they create when they arrived?  (I was trying to get him to say "settlements" or "colonies")

7 yr old:  Babies!!

 

Sigh.  :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We were reading Luke 2 for Bible several years ago.  Somehow the virgin birth turned into the sex talk.  I swear, it got away from me before I knew what was happening.

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We were reading Luke 2 for Bible several years ago.  Somehow the virgin birth turned into the sex talk.  I swear, it got away from me before I knew what was happening.

 

I think that is the best time for that sort of Talk.  When it just happens.  

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Thanks to Renai for asking the question & Jean for answering. I have a kid who often picks the wrong phonogram to stick in the word, but I never would have thought 'or' could be pronounced at all like 'aw'. None of the alternatives that I guessed seemed to be an issue. Pon? Paun? Pan? Puzzled me, but I didn't want to admit I didn't have a clue.

 

Pronounce "or" with an Australian accent and you'll see why.

 

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I was trying to explain Christopher Columbus sailing across the ocean and "discovering" the Americas to my 7 year old, as well as Native Americans living here before British settled on the east coast. To review, I asked him some questions.

 

Me: And who was here before the Europeans settled here?

7 yr old: No one. There was darkness across all the land!

 

THEN...

 

Me: And what did they create when they arrived? (I was trying to get him to say "settlements" or "colonies")

7 yr old: Babies!!

 

Sigh. :-)

Snort!

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We live in the capital city of our country, and yet it doesn't seem to stick into the dc's minds when asked, "What's the capital of Canada?" They answer anything from Ontario, Quebec, Montreal.  :banghead:

 

Ask them what the capital of the US is and they all shout, "Washington, D.C.!!!"    I really don't understand these children of mine.  :leaving:

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We live in the capital city of our country, and yet it doesn't seem to stick into the dc's minds when asked, "What's the capital of Canada?" They answer anything from Ontario, Quebec, Montreal.  :banghead:

 

Ask them what the capital of the US is and they all shout, "Washington, D.C.!!!"    I really don't understand these children of mine.  :leaving:

 

 

Wait, are people supposed to remember what the capital of Canada is?  

 

;) Just kidding!

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Wait, are people supposed to remember what the capital of Canada is?  

 

;) Just kidding!

 

Apparently it's not that memorable - even if you live there.  :lol:

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Thanks to Renai for asking the question & Jean for answering. I have a kid who often picks the wrong phonogram to stick in the word, but I never would have thought 'or' could be pronounced at all like 'aw'. None of the alternatives that I guessed seemed to be an issue. Pon? Paun? Pan? Puzzled me, but I didn't want to admit I didn't have a clue.

 here in Aus or and aw can have the same sound

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I, a Brit, have been asked how we celebrate Thanksgiving.  I was so surprised that I lost my sark...

 

We were in England for our honeymoon on July 4th and I made a comment to our B&B owner about wondering what would be going on to celebrate. She looked at me kind of funny and very gently replied "We don't really celebrate that here...." 

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Dd a few years ago asked me if any of the freeways went all the way to China... Apparently we missed the part where there is a big ocean between the US and China. I made sure to add in geography the following year.

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