5-Year-Old's Reason for Refusing to Do Homework Correctly Deserves an 'A'

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homeworkHave you ever looked at your kid's homework and thought, The hell?! I'm not talking about the actual work your kid does, I'm talking about those standardized worksheets and pages torn out of books along perforated lines -- before your child even sharpens his pencil. You know, the part of your kid's homework that's supposed to be guaranteed mistake-free. Except sometimes it's not. I've seen my kids bring home everything from phonics assignments with typos (really?!) to vocabulary drills with incorrect definitions. My personal favorite? Those photocopied-to-death "learning about money" worksheets, which require your child to look at an assortment of smudgy gray "coins" and somehow magically figure out the sum. Is that a nickel? A quarter? Who knows? It's a circle!

Anyway, my point is sometimes kids are smarter than the material that's supposed to be educating them.

Like the 5-year-old boy who took it upon himself to add what he felt was a very important footnote to his homework assignment. See, the boy was supposed to choose the appropriate words to illustrate a variety of pictures: "The man can ... " (rub, run, rug); "The ... ran" (fog, fox, for).

Then, a moral conundrum. Alongside a little cartoon of a man smacking a dog with a newspaper: "The man ... the dog" (fit, hit).

Well, this little boy went out on a limb and filled in that blank with a word that wasn't on the list: "Pet." And then he added underneath: "You should not hit dogs."

Well said, kid! You tell 'em. I can't wait until he gets one of those blurry coin worksheets: "You cannot add coins together when you can't even see which president is on the front." 

Have you ever noticed a mistake or something else odd about your kid's homework?

 

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