This Kindergartner's Homework Baffles Mom (& the Entire Internet)

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Robin Winnick

Helping kids with homework can be a frustrating endeavor. There's the battle of getting them seated and focused, and then there's the additional chore of trying to understand the material. That challenge is real for both kids and parents -- especially when the assignments are insanely tricky. One mom recently shared her kindergartner's worksheets, and they're so perplexing they've stumped all of cyberspace!


Everyone loves a riddle, right? Well, these assignments will have you scratching your head all afternoon, which is why New York mom Royce Winnick took to the Internet to see if maybe she was missing something. (You're not, Royce!) 

Take a look at this doozy of an assignment, in which students are working on tracing and sounding out the letter "t." According to the directions for the lower portion of the page, kids should "Tap out the word in the picture and write the sounds you hear." Writing sounds already seems confusing for a 5- or 6-year-old, right? But then look at that last image and you'll feel completely at a loss.  Kindergartner worksheet
Royce Winnick

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Winnick told the Huffington Post she turned to the Internet after she and her child couldn't come up with an answer. She shared a pic of the sheet on Facebook and asked, "Anybody know this answer to my daughter's kindergarten homework?" 

Because, seriously, after "tub," "ten," and "top," you don't expect "rabbits," right? So what's the right answer? 

According to Winnick's daughter's teacher, the answer the assignment was going for was "vet." Whoa, we never saw that one coming!

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Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated incident. This mom, who has to be wondering where her district is getting these #$!%! workbooks, also posted another gem:

kindergartener worksheet
Royce Winnick
Okay, we'll save you the trouble, because there's no way anyone would be able to guess these last two. The answers are "kin" and "Ken." What the??? 

I'm sorry, but how many kindergartners have the word "kin" in their vocabulary? And don't even get me started on "Ken." (Funny, he looks like a "Steve" to me!)

When you're a busy parent who sits down to help the kids with homework, this is the last thing you need to deal with. Also, how does this strange material make kids excited about learning? When your assignment stumps your mom and dad, sure, you might enjoy a giggle, but your in-school learning certainly isn't being reinforced.

According to Redbook, Royce wrote to the teacher, who said she'll be writing to the book publisher about these pictures. That's good news, because no other students and their parents should have to waste time trying to guess at these. And, really, is it that hard to come up with other words that start with "t" and "k"? No, we don't think so either. 

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