Monday, November 14, 2011

Joy in the Pits of Despair

On a morning when I doubt everything I do and everything I am, it is a relief to have a bit of homeschool humor.  My darling girls provided two separate episodes that lifted me from my wallowing self pity and made me smile.

Sometimes instructions are not crystal clear to 9 year olds.  These are the instructions Special K received:


Change each addition problem to a multiplication problem


a) 3+3+3+3   b) 9+9+9  c) 7+7+7+7+7+7

This is how she interpreted the instructions:

a) 3x3x3x3=81 b) 9x9x9=729 c) 7x7x7x7x7x7=117,649

She did admit to having used a calculator to find her answers. She had to have been thinking, "Holy, cow! Math has sure taken a jump in difficulty!"



Skoshi A is learning to write Haiku in literature and writing.  One of the two she wrote today absolutely cracks me up:

A Haiku has five
Seven and five syllables
Whale, chicken, pie, why?
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4 comments:

Natalie said...

LOL I guess I think like a 9 year old because before I read on, I had intrepeted that is what you meant too. Love the Haiku! That is hilarious.

Oh, and when I saw the title of your post I thought you were talking about your basement. Isnt' that what you call it too? That will be a joy cleaning out when you move. Find any houses in Utah that meet some of your "dream house" criteria?

Maurisa said...

Ha ha, Natalie! You have a good memory. We do call the basement THE Pit of Despair! It's a reference to The Princess Bride.

It was a rough morning, Lil' Lamb was being a bear and is not sleeping well at all. My teenage son was being a bear about everything, especially moving type stuff. It was one of those days when I questioned my ability to parent, homeschool, run a household, etc. I managed to get ahold of my hubby and he gave me a good pep talk and the rest of the day went really nicely :)

Natalie said...

haha! I never caught the Princess Bride reference. We love that movie! Glad your day turned out better.

Jamie said...

Hi I'm a new follower from Catholic Mothers Online. :o)

I have a haiku for you:

Haikus are easy
But sometimes they don't make sense.
Refrigerator.

hahahaha

Looking forward to reading! Feel free to stop by my blog. :o)

Jamie
For Love of Cupcakes