Saturday, April 28, 2012

Goings on

 Hi world! It's been awhile since we had an actual update, so here's what's happening around our place!

 Russell and our neighbor, Jeff, entered a cornhole tournament last Friday. They didn't win, but had a good time and got to see some real Knoxville characters... :)

    We got a dog! Her name is Bijou :) She's a Lhasa Apso from the Animal Shelter. The picture below on the right is how she came to us- the one on the left is after her first haircut.

 Stevie is still warming up to the dog. He sleeps with one eye open, just in case.

And Chessie's so mad, she sleeps on the roof.

I've been doing a lot of estate sale-ing-- finding lots of new goodies for my store! (Mostly sheets)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The hills are alive...

...with the "Sound of Music" test answers!

I know many of you have been chomping at the bit for my yearly round-up of the best (re: worst) answers my 6th graders give on our "Sound of Music" test. Well, they're in and they do not disappoint. We took the test a few weeks ago and, as usual, the results are discouraging. :) 

*Disclaimer: these answers do, thankfully, represent only a small portion of the kids I teach. Most students aced this bad boy, no problem. So don't go thinking that I'm the crappiest teacher ever or that I just pop in the video and then give them a hard test so I can make fun of them. No, no, we did actually study this, complete with review sheet and review game before the test! Which makes these answers all the more perplexing. :)
My comments are in bold.

First off, various spellings of "nazi":


Question 1: Name 3 Songs from "The Sound of Music"

Children answered:

Dough a deer

Do, a bear
O, Holy Deer
Oh! A Bear! (love this answer!)
The Mountain Climb
The montens coco (? No clue what this kid was shooting for)
Climb even more mountains
The Sound of Mucis (ew.)
Do-re-me, pot-a-beer (what??)
My ferret thing (Ok, I stared at this one for a long time before my co-teacher realized he meant "My Favorite Things". You know the old tune: "Small cardboard boxes and little cups of water. Cages and tunnels and balls that are rubber. Looks like a rat and smells even worse- these are a few of my ferret things!")

Question 2: Name the Vontrapp children. I provide blanks for each letter of the name and fill in about half of them for the kids. All they have to do is fill in the remaining blanks. (This one's a personal favorite of mine :) Correct answer in bold, child answer after!)

_IES_ (Liesl) : "Lieso, Liesa, Diesl, and Fiesta." Yes, this last child added a blank and made her name "Fiesta".
FRIE __ __ __CH (Friedrich): Oh, kids can NOT spell this name!
I got "Friercech, Frieredch, Friegrech, Frielnsch, and Friepench.
B__IGI __ __ __ (Brigitta):
Bligiese (?? Sound it out kids), Brigihta, Baigital,  Brigitah, and my favorite: Boigiagy. Seriously, what the hell happened here?
__ OUIS__ (Louisa):
Couise, Gouist, and Bouise.
K __ __ T (Kurt):
Kart, Kust, Kact, Keet,
__ ART __ (Marta):
Barta, Sarua, Farta and Larda.
G__E__L (Gretl):
Geeel, and my favorite of all time: Greal. Sounds like a Tolkien charcter :)

Question 3: Fill in the blanks with the correct lyrics to "Do, a deer". Here is a compilation of the worst answers:

Do, a deer, a
_baby_ deer  (female)
Re, a _pot_ of golden  _jews  (drop of golden sun- in her defense, I think she meant "jewels". I hope she meant "jewels".....)
Mi, a name I call my _dog_  (self)
Fa, a long, long ____ to run  (way)
Sol, a _rope__ pulling __along__ (needle pulling thread)
La, a note to follow _me_ (sol. DUH.)
Ti, a drink with a pouch and a lemon (jam and bread)

Question 4: In which country does this musical take place? (Correct answer: Austria)

Austrailia (about 3 dozen kids put this)


Question 5: In the beginning of the musical, the Captain calls the children by: (whistle)


a dance
a weasel

Question 6: Maria isn't a very good nun. Why not?

Because she eats too much

Because she ain't responsible
She plays on hills outside
She drinks too much and doesn't listen
She's too quiet (Ok, the musical literally starts with her singing at the top of her lungs on a hill....)

Question 8: If the Baroness marries the Captain, what will she do with the children? (Send them to boarding school)

Send them to foster care

Question 9: The children put on a puppet show- what is the puppet show about?


A goat boy and his goats
The lonely sheep boy
Love and yodeling
Goats on people, yodeling
Two people and two goats fall in love and have a baby (I'd like to see that baby...)
It was like about something to do with a boy and these two sheep that liked each other or something. And the boy liked this one girl. I guess.

Question 10: What is the lesson Mother Superior is trying to teach Maria during the song "Climb Every Mountain"?

That it is okay to explore yourself

Even though it gets you hard just face the problem. (Ok, did a double take on this one. The kid reversed "you" and "hard"...should have read "even though it gets hard, you just face the problem")

Question 11: Captain VonTrapp ends up marrying whom? (Maria)

The Captain
(Interesting. I'd like to know how that works exactly)

Question 12: What is the Anschluss? (When the Nazis took over Austria)

A deer

A musical
A party

Question 13: What does Herr Zeller want from Captain VonTrapp? (To come out of retirement and captain a Nazi naval boat)

He wants him to join the other team

He wants the children to sing in the festival (The kids are super confused about Uncle Max vs. Herr Zeller which is a shame as one is their fun-loving Uncle and the other is a Nazi...)
To marry him

Question 14: Who is the family running from at the end of the musical? (The Nazis)

The Nuns


Question 15: Why can't the family just drive to Switzerland? (Because the Nazis have closed the borders)

Because they don't want to start the engine and wake up the Nazis.

Question 16: Who wrote and composed this musical? (Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. I have said this approx. 3 million times in class)
Michael Jackson

Ricky Richard
Richard Ricky (yes, Ricky Richard AND Richard Ricky were on different kids tests)
The Captain and Maria (Is that like Captain and Tennille?)
Harrold Howard and Herr Zeller
Jack Russell

So, in synopsis: "The Sound of Music" is a musical by Michael Jackson and Herr Dettweiller set in Austrailia about a nun who is asked to leave her Abbey because she eats too much and is kinda a drunk. She becomes a governess to the Von Trapp children: Fiesta, Friercench, Boigiagy, Gouist, Kart, Larda, and Greal whose strict father, the Captain,  calls them to him with a dance. She teaches them songs such as "Oh! A Bear!" and "My ferret thing". The Captain intends to marry the Baroness, who will, sadly, send the children into foster care when she becomes their step mother. To win her over, the children perform a puppet show about goats/human bestiality. Meanwhile, Maria discovers she has feelings for the Captain and returns to the Abbey to seek guidance from the Reverend Mother who counsels her to "explore herself." She returns to the VonTrapp house, they fall in love and get married. However, during their honeymoon, the Anschluss occurs, which as we all know, is a big party with deer. The Captain tries to avoid being asked to join the Knotsee regime, but turns out Herr Zeller was only going to profess his own love and ask him to sing in a music festival. In the end, the family runs from the nuns who have invaded Austrailia, but they have to walk because the nuns are light sleepers and would hear their engines start.

Sounds about right! :)

Til next year,