Sunday, April 24, 2016

Quiz: Are you Smarter than your Preschooler? (Practical Mondays #10)

            There’s a whole country named CHAD?

            Huh! lemme google it 

            Oh. it is. Amongst the 25 largest in the world that too.

            Is it new? cuz I don’t remember marking my maps with it in my geography class. 

            No it’s not. It has been there long before even my grandfather was born.

That’s a sample conversation that takes place in my brain every few nights. Every time we pull out a new book or new activity.

Did you know that many fish have a bag of air called a swim bladder which works like an armband. When the fish fill the bladder with air, they float high in the water and when they let the air out, they float lower down. Did you know that sharks don’t have em? So they *have* to keep swimming and if they don’t, they're so heavy that they sink like stones! 

Fascinating ha? I’m somewhere in between fascinated and dumbstruck. Dumbstruck by my own dumbness. These are PRESCHOOLER level books, for God’s sake! Books meant for little 4 and 5 year olds. And I have been walking around for 35 years without knowing this stuff? 

So every evening after my 4 year old brushes his teeth, changes into his PJs and snuggles with me in warm blankets to read, I wonder whether I’m doing it for myself. 

Are you in the same boat as me? Are you smarter than your preschooler?

Take this super quick 5 question quiz to find out! (Teachers…shhh, resist the urge to show off!)

What color are Flamingoes?

They’re grey! They get their pink color from the shrimp & algae they eat. No shrimp? No pink!

When ancient Egyptians prepared mummies, did they remove the heart or the brains?

The brains! Since they were considered useless while the heart was super important! The dead travelled to another part of the world where they needed their bodies- so duh! why would they need their brains?!

Which fish carry their eggs in their mouths till they hatch?

Tilapia! And I wonder how many end up being swallowed when the fish got hungry. Honey, would you please pick up some eggs for breakfast…oh, never mind. 

What is “Prehistoric”?

Prehistoric means the period before men started writing & recording history. Like when the dinosaurs were around. Because they couldn’t be bothered about writing. or recording. or reading books to their preschoolers.

What is the difference between Crocodiles & Alligators?

Crocodiles have more pointed snouts and a large tooth sticking up on each side when they close their mouths. There Sheldon, now I know.

How many did you get right? & what your score means:

5 - Looks like you are a teacher. Couldn’t help showing off, could you?
4 - Looks like you’re an actual preschooler. Darling, this test was for your parents. Go get them.
3 - Sigh, looks like you cheated! Was that really necessary?
2 - Congratulations, you’ve been reading to your child every night!
1 - Congratulations! You’re a lucky guesser! 
0 - Congratulations! We’re in the same boat! Pls email me your contact details, we should be life long friends!

Feature from last Practical Monday worth a peek!

The thought of acting, standing in front of an audience, playing a role, speaking lines and wearing a costume may be way out of some people’s comfort zone. But for some, acting can be a way to figure out how social interaction works, and ease some of it’s difficulties! Here’s how:
by Extreme Parenting 18 (the 18 stands for 18 children!)

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Sometimes, I'm not even sure if I'm smarter than my cat!

  3. I didn't fair so well - there's also something about the way the jaw shuts - I think aligators teeth close up and crocodile's teeth close down...

  4. Hate to brag, but homeschooling for over 15 years . . . well . . . I just wish I could find my car keys, though. ;-)

  5. I did really well but all of your questions were about animals and ancient Egypt; two of my middle son's longest running passions. He just loves to share everything he's reading about so I have unfairly heard many of these answers many times.

  6. Thanks for hosting. I got a five, but of course I do teach.

  7. This post was hilarious! I loved it!

  8. It is amazing how smart children are today. They embrace technology so well and absorb everything they are in interested in learning about! Thanks for hosting! Hope you have a wonderful week :)

  9. I did know the answers to these questions, but only because I homeschool. lol But I'm totally with you on the geography thing. I get so mad sometimes when I'm teaching the boys and I learn something I should have learned in high school. lol Makes feel wholly inadequate!

    1. haha..or maybe the way to was taught to us, in a boring unimpressionable way!

  10. I got incredibly nervous just reading the title of this post as I am most definitely not as smart as a preschooler. I'm that parent that wants to shove her kids out of the way to watch Nina and The Neurons and wonders how she has managed to exist for 30 mumble years without knowing this stuff? I'm with you - I think I get more out of story time than the Tots do! Thanks for sharing with #FartGlitter x

  11. loved this - and no i'm not smarter than a toddler hahaha #passthesauce

  12. I think that information we get taught at preschool (and school for that matter) gets replaced as we get older - it often scares me how much general knowledge I used to have that I can't remember anymore, or have forgotten even knowing. I know I'm going to have to relearn how to do things when Pea goes to school (thank goodness that's a long way off right now, and thank goodness for Google for having the answers!) #Passthesauce

    1. Google is the best thing that has happened to mankind! lol

  13. Just popping back again through #passthesauce I remembered the answers this time haha! Thanks for linking up! X

  14. I am smarter than a preschooler yay! Such a cute quiz. Thanks for sharing #coolmumclub

  15. Haha feeling as thick as a short plank now! But also very entertained. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub with this cute quiz. xx

  16. Haha, oh dear. I too am in the same boat! Thank god my son hasn't learnt the dreaded 'why, why?' question yet! #CoolMumClub

  17. Haha - yes, always worrying when you realise you learnt something from kids' tv or books! #fartglitter