Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Yes, we are college educated. Why do you ask?

So Meghan has these flash cards that are supposed to help her identify the states. They happened to be sitting on my nightstand one night so I took a look at them.

I mentioned to Ryan that I thought they would be pretty difficult to identify the states. He thought it would not be too bad. Ah ha, a challenge!

Do you know how many times we had to go through before he could identify the states*? Also, do you know how difficult it is to identify the states outside of the map itself and without any type of scale applied to them?

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Some of them were easier to identify than others.

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And, my gosh, there are a lot of states that look pretty much alike.

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After the first or second time through I decided to give him some facts provided on the back of the cards as hints.

IMG_0573Uhhhhhh.

Eventually, I started to provide my own hints.

Like, “we have both been to this state but not at the same time.”

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Or, “I traveled here for work.”

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And the low point of the evening?

IMG_0572“If this state had a first name it would be Hannah.”

The age range on the cards was 4 and up. Seriously? Looks like Meghan is own her own when she studies this in school. But, we totally have math covered.

* I’m not saying I could do much better. I just was the one flipping the cards.

5 Comments:

Life As I Know It said...

I KNOW I would do terribly on that. I can probably fill in a blank map, but couldn't identify them by shape alone (except the easy ones, like Texas and Florida ;))

Kimberly said...

My guy is a history teacher so he teaches geography as well. One Sunday, he was grading tests. They were your usual fill-in-the map tests of the US and Canada.

I bragged that it'd be easy.

OMG.

I manged the midwest, and completely forgot about the Hannah state. And then I tried Canada. I can't believe how little I know about Canada! So I just made up names like "North Maine" and "John Candy Province."

Amazingly, the guy is still with me.

Shalet said...

We have a state puzzle and let me tell you - there are some serious gaps in my eight-years post-graduate education! I suppose it's never too late to learn.

Angie said...

Great post!

The states out of context *are* really difficult. You're right -- some are easy, but some are down right hard.

My favorite was your Hannah clue. ;) (Although, it shows that my kids don't watch that show because it still took me a minute after that.)

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Yup - they all pretty much look like squares to me!