Selling rugs at a snail's pace
My 6-year-old son Collin and I were seated on the couch having his daily reading lesson. Collin was painstakingly sounding out each word about the man selling a "rust rug," and becoming more than a little frustrated by the slow process. He turned to me and said, "Mom, this man is talking too slow!"
"He'll talk faster if you will!" I replied with a smile.
- Terri E. Abel, Pell City, AL
While teaching my two daughters, Kelli (10) and Rachel (7), about the temperature zone that runs through central South America. Rachel, hardly able to contain herself, blurted out, "I know! I know! The Tropic of Kettlecorn!"
- Debbie LaMantia, Elizabeth, CO
A Spencerian tongue
David, in 2nd grade, was excited to learn that later in the year he'd be learning to write in cursive. WOW! He'd know how to hook letters together!
That night at supper, his little sister was jabbering non-stop. "She's speaking in cursive!" David quipped.
- Mrs. Robin Green, Lubec, ME
A "brief" spelling lesson
My 4-year-old, Andy, had just learned how letters come together to form words. One evening after his bath, as he was putting on his Fruit of the Looms, he excitedly told me, "Hey mom, I know how to spell underwear. 'F T L'!!!"
- Janet Kucharski, Hartford, MI
The longest letter in the alphabet
When our 5-year-old son, Jarrod, was writing out the alphabet one day, he asked, "How do you write 'eleminno'?"
After I tried several times to clarify what he was saying, Jarrod finally explained, "You know, the letter that comes after k!"
- Kerri Naylor, Edmond, OK
While reading aloud about life in colonial times with my young son, we came to a description of the process by which the women made wool into cloth for the family's needs. In the middle, my son interrupted me and asked in a concerned voice, "Why did they want to kill him?"
Confused as to how a discussion of household arts could put thoughts of murder into a child's mind, I began to review what we had just read. Sure enough, there it was: "To make indigo dye . . . "
- Brenda Pauken, Great Falls, VA
Elementary, my dear mother!
My 7-year-old daughter, Ashley, and I were going over some of her spelling words, one of which was hound. Trying to think of something on her level she could relate to, I said, "Hound, like The Fox and the Hound."
Ashley looked at me and replied, "I was thinking of The Hound of the Baskervilles."
- Teresa Reed, Douglas, WY