Monday, April 5, 2010

I don't think this is exactly what the teacher had in mind...

Part of being responsible kindergarteners includes Cole and Bella doing homework each night. Usually the homework is pretty straight-forward and they can finish it within 10-15 minutes.

However, there are some homework assignments which require a little more thought.

For example, one of the assignments they were given before spring break was to look around their home and describe signs of spring using their five senses.

Sounds easy enough, right? I'm sure most kids came up with adorable answers, such as SMELLING the fragrant flowers in their garden and HEARING the chirps of happy birds flying nearby.

But we all know that my kids aren't like most other kids.

No, they need to stand out in all that they do...you know, make absolutely sure that the entire world knows how unique they are.

Obviously, they were feeling a little silly when they come up with their original answers...

I see - my little brother's buttcrack (Cole); Cole's pee behind the toilet (Bella)

I taste - soda and chips (Cole); my tongue (Bella)

I hear - daddy burping (Cole); nothing (Bella)

I feel - tired (Cole); like I have to poop (Bella)

I smell - boogers in my nose (Cole); stinky feet (Bella)

My first words were, "Oh no!! You both are NOT handing that in to Mrs. Helms...no way!! Besides, none of it has to do with spring!"

Back to the drawing board....

I see: slimy earthworms in my backyard (Cole); rainbows (Bella)

I taste: lemonade (Cole); deviled eggs (Bella)

I hear: birds singing (Cole); leprachaun's singing (Bella)

I feel: sunshine on my face (Cole); the wind on my teeth (Bella)

I smell: flowers in our garden (Cole); a dead skunk (Bella)

Awww, now that's more like it, although I'm sure the teacher will still have a "WTF" moment when she reads some of Bella's answers.

I see nothing wrong with encouraging my kids to stand out in a crowd or be themselves but when it comes down to the possiblity of being THAT one mother who has to come in repeatedly for teacher-parent conferences, that's when I have to put my foot down.

Memorable conversation of the day:

Cole: Mommy, guess what we did at school today?

Me: Oh, I don't know...surprise me.

Cole: We had our hearing checked.

Me: You did, did you? So how's your hearing?

Cole: They said it was good.

Me: Well, then you shouldn't have any problem responding when I ask you to do something now that we know your hearing is perfectly fine.

Bella: Uh, no...he'll still ignore you.

Cole: Yeah, she's probably right.

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58 comments:

blueviolet said...

Makes me wonder what kind of thoughts YOU had as a child? Similar perhaps?

Tropical Mum said...

Glad to see that selective hearing is not only rampant in just MY household.

Sounds like Bella has an active imagination. She might become a writer like her mom.

Shelly

Brooke said...

you've never reallylived until you've felt the wind in your teeth :P

CaneWife said...

LOL! How cute!

And how cute that he admits he will still probably ignore you :) At least he's honest.

Jennifer said...

O My that is Hillarious! Bella is gonna be quite the comedic when she is in HS! Just wait! Guess she would have to be to survive a house full of boys! haha!

Shell said...

LOL @ ignoring you...at least they are being honest!

Annie said...

LOL!! They are so funny.

Have a wonderful week.

Neo said...

Whatever will Cole and Bella do next? lol.

CodyAnne. said...

Yes! Someone else who notices the wind on her teeth! Please tell Bella she certainly isn't alone ;)

D said...

I like the first ones. Oh,and your dad saw a helluva ballgame last night. It was awesome.

Twins Squared said...

Oh Helene. I DO think our kids would get along. While mine love all things spring and probably would have given good answers on that one, the butt jokes are never ceasing. I mean, it's honestly becoming a problem. And they get in these silly modes too where they just say the dumbest stuff. I could totally see them saying many of the first answers. That's how they were at my mom's last night and some of it was fine (typical elementary school stuff) but some of it crossed the line. I'm not sure how to get them to stop the potty talk (butts, etc)??

I feel lucky though, they hardly ever have homework! A project now and then but we have lucked out at their school that they have not started daily homework yet. I hope y'all had a Happy Easter!

Eva Gallant said...

Once again, a delightful post about those wonderful kids with their unique minds! Love it!

Robin said...

Aw I love the wind on her teeth...that is unique...I love that you're kids stand out...who wants to be the same, carbon copy...I bet the teachers Loooove them too...we all do..!

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

Thanks for making me laugh this morning! I'm sure their teacher will love it too!

Hope you're doing well!

BigSis said...

Do they try to one up each other, being twins, or is that just their personalities coming through? Or are the two ideas inseparable?

christy rose said...

Love the honesty there!! LOL

Kristina P. said...

Your kids are hilarious. I love them.

Megan said...

LOL. Well, at least they're creative. :-)

yonca said...

I'm sure teacher will love their answers and honesty.Have a great week Helen!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

The wind on my teeth? HA! That Bella cracks me up. My own children crack me up too. Makenna is the strangest one. Not quite sure where she came from, but I love her! :)

MamaHen Em said...

See now that first set of answers HAS to be the reason anyone becomes a kindergarten teacher in the first place. If one were spending the ENTIRE day in a classroom full of small children, he or she would definitely need the laughs!

Nezzy said...

Now I know when I see rainbows, taste deviled eggs, hear the leprechauns songs, hear the bind on my teeth and smell a dead skunk spring has arrived! Heeehehe, little Miss Bella cracks me up.

Yep, they don't test kids for selective hearing in those tests!

Have a blessed day, sweet Helene!!!

Karen said...

I think there might be a poet living in Bella's brain. Leprechauns singing??

Buckeroomama said...

I always love to read about Cole and Bella! You know that life is never boring with them around! :)

Gisela said...

Oh...how kids make us laugh! Wait until they are teenagers or in their 20s and they read all about this. Certainly good for some laughs!

Marianne said...

"I feel tired." " I feel like I have to poop." HAHAHAHA. If I were a teacher, I'd love to have them as students.

But seriously, what is it with kids and poop? The 3 girls I watch talk about poop and farting NON-STOP! When I watched them for a week, by the third day I had to make a rule that saying the word poop wasn't allowed, unless they had to go potty.

And the convo about the hearing test is priceless. At least they are honest with you, right??

Got your email, life is crazy right now, I'll try to get to it asap.

Hope you guys had a great easter, were you able to do the egg hunt outside??

Jen said...

Your kids crack me up. LOL!

Jenny said...

LOL at their answers! Bella saying she heard Leprachauns singing reminded me of something funny at church this weekend.

I volunteered in the kids services and the teacher was showing the kids how Mary must have felt when she saw the tomb empty. She had an empty egg and cracked it open, asking the kids what happened to the insides? One little boy said with amazement, "The leprachauns took it!" LOL!

Nobodys Nothings said...

kids are my favorite type of person in the whole wide world. i absolutely love how their unique perspective keeps it real. your children are just adorable!

The Boob Nazi said...

hahaha kids are so awesome.

HT said...

Your kids are definitely their own people and its a riot to read about everything coming out of their mouths!

Colton's Mommy said...

Your kids definitely have their own sense of humor. I like Cole saying that he sees "his little brothers butt crack". That gave me a good laugh. Kids really do say whatever is on their minds!!

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The Mother said...

At least they weren't tasting earthworms and bird pooh.

Mothers do occasionally have to step in where homework is concerned, if only to make sure CPS doesn't come knocking.

WhisperingWriter said...

Love the "I see my brother's buttcrack." Ha!!

LucidLilith said...

You should have their original answers framed. In the future, you may want to refer to it when reporters ask you when you started to think they may be geniuses.

melonbelly said...

ha, at least he is honest! :)

Angela said...

I knew something would have to do with poop! Now how's that for knowing your kids so well via your post? :) haha! I think I missed your birthday! Happy Birthday, girl! Hope your boyfriend is young and hot!

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Awesomeness! I love it! Pee behind the toilet - : )
I love your kids!
Hey, can I ask - are your kids in the same class? I would love to chat with you regarding this. Alabama does not recommend same class but I going to talk with their principal because I really want them in the same class.

Katie said...

Too funny! I've had to step in a couple of times when it came to "appropriate" responses on my son's homework, too!

Cascia said...

That is so funny! Your Bella sounds a lot like my Ciara. I am surprised to hear that they get homework in Kindergarten. When did this start? I don't remember ever getting homework when I was in Kindergarten, and over Spring Break? How strange is that?

Jenny said...

hehe cute post :D

Savvy Little Women - Kate said...

Hahaha, I also have to revise some homework now & then...

Kim said...

I like the way your kids think!

My son in only two and already tunes out my requests. I can yell his name the whole way down the driveway without so much as a glance, but if I mutter something about trains or goldfish crackers he's at my side in a second.

Kelli said...

Oh man, that's funny stuff!

Heather B said...

At least they're honest about the listening thing! I love their answers - and I would be doing the same thing about rewriting the homework! Unique answers are good but the ones that make people truly wonder about your parenting abilities are not so good!

Donna said...

Good intervention on your part Mom! Although I thought both sets of answers were very thought provoking, better to ere on the side of "keeping the teacher happy" - for the children's sakes!

I have been off of blog world for awhile and am getting around to catch up. OHMYSTARS - the bff is 100% certifiable and you were right on with your response.

I have never understood people who are malicious, intentionally harming others. She/he must have a lot of self-hatred.

Bella is so ridiculously "normal" it's not even funny. You just keep on doing everything you can to protect that self esteem and build her self worth. (And fwiw, I saw on an episode of How to Look Good Naked, it starts with how you treat and talk about yourself!) You go Momma Bear!

Next - HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY!! The new (shared) boyfriend concept certainly seems to have some advantages. I say go for it!

Michelle said...

You made me a subscriber today! I came across your blog in google reader. I followed you awhile back but haven't checked the blogs I'm following forever.

My Beginning Reading Help blog isn't funny, but you may find it helpful. Check it out sometime and subscribe if you like it.

I have one set of twins. They are boy/girl and six years old. They have an older brother who is eight.

My oldest son made a list of bad words when he was five and included illustrations. I was so proud.

Thanks for your humor. I look forward to your future posts.

Stef said...

Kids are so awesome...honesty at any cost!

debi9kids said...

LOL! Yep. He'll ignore you. UGH

LOVED their first set of answers! I dare you to let them turn those in! haha

ps You are so right! There is nothing wrong with letting your kids be themselves :)

Merri Ann said...

I like the first set of answers the best and I would have had them turn it in. If I was a teacher, I'd really get tired of all the "I love flowers and sunshine" answers.

Hmmm ... I think I'm going to be called to the school office a lot to account for my kiddos when they get in school.

After a year of reading your posts, I still look forward to coming to your blog ... Thanks !!! :))

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I love what Bella sees and hears!

Leprechans :-)

Zeemaid said...

oh come one mom... those first answers were great! course I'd only hand those in if I could watch the teacher's face as she read it.

I love the... he'll still ignore you and cole agreeing part *L*. I have to admit I said basically the same thing to my daughter.

Amy W said...

Your kids are definitely funny! Are you sure they came up with the second set of answers on their own? They are so creative!!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

10 - 15 minutes of homework in Kindergarten! Shoot son, what do they do in that classroom all day? I'm glad that Bella hears leprechauns singing. At our house they're just blamed for all the bad things that happen or the stuff that goes missing. I sure miss the days of funny things kids say. Your blog brings me hours of entertainment. Thanks!

My Mercurial Nature said...

Your kids have quick wit...I love it! visiting (and following) from Say Anything and glad I did...I've read a few of your blog posts (before posting this comment) and love them! So funny!

TuTu's Bliss said...

Your posts make me want more kids and NOTHING usually makes me want more kids these days. I know I am saying this to the wrong gal but we're maxed out at two these days. Still I read your posts and I think ahhh double the chaos but triple the laughter!! ;)

L.Michel said...

OMG, Bella is so much like you! Cuuuute!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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