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Dec
02
2011

Our preschool teacher sends out these awesome weekly memos where she explains what the kids will be doing for the next week.

It helps avoid conversations like this…

Eager Parent: “So what did you do today?”

Annoyed kid: “Nothing.”

Instead you can have a conversation like this…

Eager Parent: “So I heard you are learning about the Pilgrims and the Indians (yes, you now can call them Indians again!) and how they had a big feast together on Thanksgiving. Would you rather be a pilgrim or an Indian?

Less Annoyed Kid: An Indian so I wouldn’t have to be on that boat for so long.

So this week, 4-year-old Summer is learning about opposites and right before bed Rick held up a spoon and a fork.

Rick: “Girls, what’s the opposite of a spoon?”

Dylan and Summer: “A fork!”

Rick: “Very good!”

Kelcey: “Hold on. What are you talking about? A fork and spoon aren’t opposites. Light and dark. Those are opposites.”

Rick: “A fork and spoon are definitely opposites!”

Kelcey: “Oh really, then what’s the opposite of a knife?”

Rick: “Butter?”

At this point, you can be concerned that Rick is an Emmy winning national journalist or grateful that he’s not your child’s preschool teacher.


24 Responses to and the opposite of spoon is?

  • Jenn says:

    Technically a fork and a spoon fulfill the same function on a plate (not a desert bowl or a soup bowl – that’s ludicrous! Duh!). But… since a spoon is hollow (ish) and a knife is flat… maybe he’s won his Emmy legitimately (Provided, of course, he won it on an article about knives, forks and spoons)…

    Or maybe he just comes from Summers side of the family.

  • Meg D says:

    Hahaha! That’s a good one. My kiddo just recently asked, “What’s the opposite of sheesh? Heesh.” Fun with opposites!

  • Lanie says:

    I tried to test the opposites for you and Rick at our house. I asked The twins the opposite of a spoon. They both responded “love.” So I asked what the opposite of a spoon and then a knife. Love again. Then I tried asking what is the opposite of light? One responded dark :-). The other responded lightening McQueen :-). My test results conclude that we would be grateful if Rick was our preschool teacher (& he bring along his Emmy). xoxo

  • Your nephews Jacob & Brandon says:

    We can’t agree with each other either. One of us feels strongly that the opposite of a fork is definitely a knife. The other feels as adamantly that for sure, the opposite of a fork is a spoon. Tell uncle Rick that he is from our side of the family, but Summer is from Aunt Kelcey’s side.

  • Maryann Treppiedi Jacobs says:

    Best line ever: “At this point, you can be concerned that Rick is an Emmy winning national journalist or grateful that he’s not your child’s preschool teacher.” 🙂

  • Another Rick says:

    Thankfully the question wasn’t “What’s the opposite of SPOONING?”. Of course, the answer –or at least the cause–would be “Going to bed mad at each other!”.

  • red pen mama says:

    My 4yo doesn’t do opposites, she does friends. “Who is ketchup’s friend?” “Mustard.” “Who is spoon’s friend?” “Fork.”

    Yeah, she made it up herself as far as I know. He older sister adds colors.

    Kids are weird.

  • ErinB says:

    me “Katherine what did you do at preschool today”
    K “I had a cheese stick for snack”

    yes. that would be the cheese stick that I packed. awesome.

  • British American says:

    Totally true! My 6 year old daughter and I like to play opposites. It got boring after all the regular up-down and hot-cold options. So we expanded to random things like “What is the opposite of penguin?” I don’t really remember the answer. Maybe camel. And mus totally is the opposite of soap. 🙂

  • I agree with Maryann, best line ever: “At this point, you can be concerned that Rick is an Emmy winning national journalist or grateful that he’s not your child’s preschool teacher.” Haaaaa!!


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