Scene 1: One night last week, Kent walked into the younger kids' room to tuck them in. #4 was busy with a pencil and school worksheets, and #5 was crawling around on the floor.
Kent: It's time for lights out kids.
#4: Dad, I need help with my math homework.
#5, without missing a beat: Dad, I need help being a horse.
Scene 2: Last weekend, when the children were supposed to be getting their cleaning done so they could play the rest of the weekend, I came home from running errands to find this.
Hey, I find "Malcom in the Middle" pretty irresistible too. But COME ON! Did they really think no one would notice them spending forbidden TV/online shows time if they huddled under a blanket?
Scene 3: Today while he was eating lunch, I asked #5 if his teacher would be back today. (He had a substitute the last two days.) Here's his reply:
#5: Yeah, I think she'll be back. You want me to tell you why?
(He always asks if we want more information and then waits for a response instead of just following up with the information.)
Me: Yes. Why?
#5: Because today we are learning the letter K, and that's a hard letter. I don't think the other lady could teach it very well.
Wow. I want my children to think independently and not assume that their school teachers are always correct, but what a huge underestimation of the abilities of adults! It's a good thing a certified teacher will be there to instruct about the letter K. !!!