Warning: Explicit Reference to Pennies

January 27

There are times I want to throw in the home-schooling towel, and then there are days like this past Friday.

L~ had diligently done her math lesson and then brought it to me to grade.  Among others, she had several problems that asked her to list as many different coin combinations as she could to make a specific amount.  So, for example, $.67 could be made using 6 dimes and 7 pennies; 12 nickels and 7 pennies; 13 nickels and two pennies; 2 quarters, one dime, one nickel and 2 pennies, etc.  You get the point.

***Warning, explicit material ahead***

As only a second-grader could, L~ quickly turned her math lesson into an anatomy lesson:

Book: How many coin combinations can you find to make $.12?

L~’s Answer: one dime and two penis; two nickels and two penis.

Book: $.16?

L~: three nickels and one penny; one dime and six penis; two nickels and six penis.

One really tries not to laugh at one’s children in these situations.  One generally fails miserably.  Luckily, once made aware of her error, she found it humorous as well.

It is moments like these, as well as sky-high standardized test scores, that keep me going.

And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt says hello; but please, keep your pennies to yourself.

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