Maybe You Had to Be There…

Babydoll and I are working on a spelling unit about root words and suffixes that start with a consonant.  Her assignment was to go through a list of sentences, find the missing word from her spelling list, and circle the root word.

One of her sentences was:

The firemen were {blank} in their efforts to put out the huge fire.”

The answer was:

The firemen were tireless in their efforts to put out the huge fire.”

Babydoll’s answer was:

The firemen were useless in their efforts to put out the huge fire.”

Now, maybe it’s because we’ve been doing schoolwork for several hours and I’m about ready to scream, but that just sent me over the edge.  I laughed hysterically {to the point of crying actual tears} for minutes, while my husband and Babydoll looked on, scared to ask what I was laughing at.  I explained to her the answer that was given in the book, and how, while her answer worked, maybe it wasn’t as applicable {hopefully} to everyday life.

On a side note, Babydoll is perfectly content doing hours of school a day.  Some of the time it’s because she is enjoying what she’s doing, some of the time it’s because she’s going through the material at a leisurely pace so she can chat with Daddy, some of the time it’s because she’s wasting some time while doing it.  She loves school.  One day when we had quite a few other appointments and didn’t get to school, she begged at 10 pm if we could do some school.  So, yes, I need to figure out how to focus her more to get her work done in a more efficient manner {because I can’t handle doing this A-L-L day}.  But, rest-assured I am not torturing her by sitting her down for book work for hours on end.  She gets up, moves around, eats, uses the bathroom, etc.  Last thing I need is a truancy officer knocking down my door for shoving learning down my child’s throat… 

{grin}