Friday, March 28, 2008

Too much book larnin'

Yesterday the twins came home with these in their backpacks:





These children are SIX years old. I was at least 42 before I knew the meaning of the word "oviparous."

19 comments:

Carla said...

Thanks to this post I know know the meaning at 43!

anne marie in philly said...

hell, I am 53.5 and STILL don't know what that means!

Wendelene said...

Here's another over 40 who did not know. Although I figured it had somehting to do with eggs, what with the "ovi" and the picture of the egg and all.

Smart kids!

mindy said...

Off to look it up now...

Elizabeth said...

Did you ever see the Sesame St song "Let's Lay an Egg?"

Birds do it.
Bees do it.
(Other egg-laying animals I can't remember) do it.
Let's lay an egg!

Elizabeth said...

found link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9bkBX8y778

Loren T said...

My fifth grader came home last month saying, "Mom, how can light be both a particle AND a wave???" I said, "Honey, there are a lot of people still working on their PhD's over that one."

They've learned all sorts of stuff about electricity and sound that we didn't learn until AP classes in high school back in my ancient day.

Anonymous said...

Wow! That's a very interesting project! Wish I'd seen that when I was teaching! Oviparous? I know it now.

Marin (AntiM) said...

Crap. Suddenly my campaign to get my blog upgraded from an elementary school reading level seems... fruitless.

fillyjonk said...

"Knock knock; who's oviparous?"

that is ALL kinds of awesome. I laughed out loud at that one. (I think I learned "oviparous" in high school but I was on the science track).

I have to say, though, I'm trying to come up with some kind of joke-worthy rejoinder to "Who's oviparous"?

Carol said...

A woman in the midst of successful fertility treatment? (sez the woman who had twins....)

Carol said...

I would have probably thought they made it up ;-)If I only had a brain...

SewKnitNBeads2 said...

I just learned from my kindergartener that not all whales has one blow hole, some has 2.

Carol said...

so those whales are, um, bi-blow-iparous? (;

Rabbitch said...

I didn't know until I was 47. That's next year, if anyone's counting.

I don't have time to look it up this year.

Jodi said...

Ummm...I think I need to go back to Elementary school.

jinniver said...

Just now learned it at 33. Can't wait to see what my 3-year-old starts teaching me...

SewKnitNBeads2 said...

I'm not sure if bi-blow-iparous is the official term for it. Better check with the future scientist...
:)

Sally said...

bwahahahahaha

My kindergartener knows that bats use echolocation to find their food, and that they are nocturnal. And that we are diurnal.

These wacky kids today.