So I taught middle and high school, but am unable to help my five year old with her Kindergarten homework because the questions are clearly beyond what my intellect can handle.
This past week, E was assigned to visit two businesses and answer 5 questions about each. The first question on the list was “Does this business provide a good or a service?”
Well, since we were going to Burger King for the free St. Patrick’s Day fries anyway, I thought that would be a great place to begin our research.
Of course, while we were there, it occurred to me that I have no idea whether Burger King provides a good or a service.
Fortunately, it also occurred to me that this was not my homework assignment. So I asked E, “Burger King…good or service? What do you think?”
Without batting an eyelash, she told me it depended on whether you went the drive-through (and left with a good) or ate inside (enjoying the service).
Booyah! (Does saying that make me an obnoxious parent? Do I seem less obnoxious if I admit that I don’t know if I spelled it correctly? Maybe I should just say it differently…Here it goes…E came up with that answer all by herself while her mother stood in the corner trying to get the cobwebs off her cognitive brain function, and I think it was an excellent answer. I admittedly know nothing, but it seemed thoughtful and it was hers, and I was very impressed!)
Anyway, since E’s response essentially turned a multiple-choice question into an essay, and she is just now learning how to write, she still faced additional challenges while completing the assignment.
Until she decided to step back and simplify. Her answer to the question, “Did the business provide a good or a service?” now simply reads, “Both”.
Then onto the next business and its set of questions, which involved a special trip to Hallmark, where E and I chatted and toured with a wonderful employee while S & T had a fabulous time destroying the displays. I wanted E to see Hallmark in particular since in the project’s final presentation, E has been assigned to “work” in a mock card store (while her classmates man other storefronts in their creative community and the parents use pretend money to purchase goods and services from the kids). This occurs five days from today.
I am in so much trouble, because apparently the “real work” starts next year, when E enters first grade.
Notice that I said I’m in trouble, because clearly, E will be fine.
P.S. I do realize that this post makes me seem like a bit of an idiot, but just to prove that I’m not completely brain-fried, know that this social studies website doesn’t know whether restaurants are providing goods or services either, listing “food” as an example of a good and “fixing you dinner” as an example of a service. And yes, I do realize that posting this now makes me appear like an idiot and a nerd, but I’m over it. I actually think this stuff is interesting and looked it up for my own edification, NOT for any conversations with E!