Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It Was Inevitable, Really

The other day, my fifth grader's class was discussing parts of sentences.

One student guessed that a preposition was the subject of an example sentence, and my daughter gave a rather lengthy explanation about why that was not, in fact, correct.

I believe the sentence in question was something like:

The students went to the school.

"To the school is a location. It's where they're going to," she said. "So that can't be the subject. The action with the verb is where you find the predicate, and to the school is at the end of that, so it's part of the predicate. But the students are the ones doing the action. So the students is the subject."

The class stared at her in stunned silence.

My daughter closed her mouth, swallowed, and, looking around at the class of gaping fifth graders realized:

Oh my gosh . . . I'm turning into Mom.

Sniff. I'm so proud. What a great Christmas gift.

19 comments:

Heffalump said...

Way to carry on the family tradition!

Kristina P. said...

Haha. I'm sure she loves it.

Kimberly Job said...

Lol! Too funny.

Lara said...

I love it! :)

One Cluttered Brain said...

YEAH! What a great story! Love it!

M. Gray said...

Wow! I'm so impressed! You're raising a brilliant child!

Jillybean said...

Love it!

Helena said...

That is all kinds of awesome.

Cynthia said...

And you SHOULD be! Heck, I didn't even fully 'get' it and I've got a BA. Then again, you've seen my excessive and incorrect use of the lovely - mark and improper puctuation so I suppose that's no surprise.

Jessica G. said...

Awww, these are the moments that make all those sleepless nights and poopy diapers worth it, right?

Amanda said...

How precious is that!

I aspire to one day be as grammatically talented as your 5th grade daughter. And with your book in hand, I might be on the right path.

NorahS said...

The fact that it happened was great! The fact that she TOLD YOU ABOUT IT is even better!

Merry Christmas!

Amanda D said...

That's awesome.
Merry Christmas, Annette!

Rebecca Irvine said...

So cute!!!

L.T. Elliot said...

Aww. Work geekery. The legend lives on. I'm so happy for you, Annette!

Merry Christmas!

Erin said...

That is very cute. Do you think you will love your other kids just as much if they aren't as word nerdylike as you? Or maybe just slightly less? :)

Marry Christmas to you and your family!

Luisa Perkins said...

Word Nerd: The Next Generation! Awesome.

Loralee and the gang... said...

Ya know, the apple, as they say...
:~D

Julie Wright said...

soooo cute!

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