Friday, November 16, 2012

Thinking Outside the Box

The following was a question in Primus' Daily Language Review today:

Circle the word that does NOT belong.
tractor    barn    skyscraper    haystack

She circled tractor.  Her explanation was that the other 3 are things that don't move.

I love that I had the opportunity to hear and validate her reasoning! 

Whenever something like this comes up, I make sure and explain to her that if she was at "regular" school, she would have had it marked wrong.  "Regular" school doesn't usually accommodate for this kind of out-of-the-box thinking.

In other, unrelated news, she found out about the concept of "A+."  I had already been putting how many she got wrong (or "100%" if they were all right) at the top of her tests.  She asked that I start putting A+ also when she earns it.  She was SOOOO excited today to see that scrawled on top of her math page this morning.  It's the simple rewards that make a difference, I suppose.


  1. Out of curiosity... How will you prepare her for college/college applications, where they will depend on SAT/ACT scores for admittance? The SAT/ACT tests depend on the in-the-box thinking. I understand the benefit of the out of the box thinking, but are you explaining the "correct" answer as well?

  2. Of course!
    She will also learn that academic life and real life don't always operate in the same way.