Big week! Okay, I'm exaggerating. The week was exactly the same size as last week but the kids were back to school and I have to confess that I love school days. Once a week, I teach some classes for homeschoolers and I love it. This year, there's some free time to mingle, which is nice. Kids are hilarious in their natural habitat and this is the only time they are gathered in a convenient cluster for this flipster's viewing; the rest of the time they are scattered all over the county as homeschool parents cobble together the education that is the right fit for their needs, skills and talents. It's not an easy job, but it is worth it.
And these kids are talented and bright (don't let my tales fool you). That's what makes the first day back so amusing to me. They are getting into the swing of things, but it is a bit...shall we say... muted. They're summer rusty and have the deer-in-the-headlights look in their eyes.
And so, kids, this Whyday is for you. Though I consider myself a connoisseur of the use of "why," I have heard some amusing questions and statements voiced in the past five days. Keep in mind, these are all homeschoolers attending a once-a-week cooperative:
- "Why do I have to write that down? I wrote in my last class." [Aged 7]
- "Why didn't I do the prep work? Funny you should ask...I didn't know my mom signed me up for this class till this morning." [Aged 16]
- "How did all these people know we were going to be here today?" [Aged 5]
- "My backpack is full of my books. I don't think I'm going to be able to get that smart. It's too heavy." [Age 8]
- "Someone is going to have to put my colored pencils in my backpack...I'm exhausted with book stuff...and put my papers in a folder, please. Man, I hope you're here next week?" [Age 7]
- "I meant to ask you something, Mrs. M: do you know anyone who is dead? We got someone dead in our family this year." [Age 5]
Student: "Will we have homework every week?"
Me: "Yes; homework never killed anyone, though. It will help you retain the information."
Student: "Like what?"
Me: "Like the stuff you learned last year, for example."
Student: "Last year? What did we do last year?"
It's good to work together, even if you don't plan it:
Student #1: "The ancient Sumerians believed in many gods..."
Student # 2: "...polytheists!"
Student # 1: "...whereas the early Jewish nation believed in one God..."
Student # 2: "...monotheists!"
Noticing that I smiled when he interjected the definitions, Student #2 added, "Hey, he needed the help."
We all need the help.