As I’m trying to get the kids lunches packed, homework in backpacks, shoes, jackets, gloves, toques, and who knows what else ready to go by 8:35 this morning, I noticed one of my daughter’s math worksheets lying on the kitchen counter. Normally, my eyes are not particularly drawn to anything math-related (I think my kids are already pretty much bumping up against the ceiling of their father’s mathematical competence in grade two!), but for some reason I spied the following question and answer:
Q: Suppose you add 20 to a number. Predict how the number will change.
A: it will chang if you blive in it
Spelling issues aside, I’m guessing this wasn’t exactly the kind of answer her teacher was looking for!
Help me out—is this:
- The gradual Oprah-fication of my child’s brain
- The pernicious effects of one too many Disney movies
- The remnants of last week’s Sunday School lesson
Whatever caused this little burst of inspiration to emerge from the weird and wonderful neural pathways of my daughter’s beautiful little brain, I’ve been chuckling about it on and off all day…