Homework: How has your thinking changed?

Think back to when you were a very small child. What things did you used to think were true, right or good back then but have now changed your mind?

Make a comment to tell us as many examples of how your thinking has “shifted” as you can from your life so far!

  1. Caitie :$
    February 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I thought that clouds were made of cotton candy because it said so in a Barney song. I thought that when people died they went to sleep for a long time and then they would wake up, and that when people slept they were temporarily dead. I thought that braces were drilled into your teeth and now I know that they are glued onto your teeth.

    When I was little I thought that when people got married they became brother and sister because they took the same last name.


  2. Mara
    February 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I used to think that, right now Im a baby, sleeping in a bed and everything thats happening now is a dream. But now i think its not true because I have never woken up from my sleep.

    I used to think that the word brain was meant to be a human, so it meant that i thought, us humans were brains. Now i think we are just humans.

  3. aryan
    February 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I used to think that there’s a special planet where all the cartoon hero’s lived and one day they would come and rescue me when I was in trouble. But now I know its not true because i found out they are actually actors and you can make the cartoon character on the internet.

    I used to think that the sea foam was actually soap. But know I know that sea foam is made out of salt.

  4. Zola
    February 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Hi 6SS,

    I used to think I was super man and that I could fly. When i was younger I would watch Star Wars and then in star wars there was a charecter called Darth Vader and I would think I could speak like him. The same in Harry Potter in one part Harry was speaking snake language after I watched I would try to speak snake.

    One time my Mom was reading a book to me ” The Witches” and after my mom read me that book, one day I saw a lady who matched the cryterias of being a witch. So my mom had to convince me that it wasn’t a witch


    • February 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      I thought the samething exept I thought I was the best blue power ranger I had his outfits, action figures, gadgets and movies……I was inspired by that blue power ranger so much that I actually made my own midle name after him…..Blake!

  5. Tamanna
    February 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Hello 6SS,

    When I was young I thought Santa was real and I am sure everybody did but how I found out was because the handwriting was exact same as my mom’s handwriting and on my presents it always wrote to Tamanna from Grandpa and Grandma or to Tamanna from dad and mom and it never said to Tamanna from Santa.

    When I was young my dad’s company name is texollini and it still is but I used to pronounce it as macrollini and I think I used to pronounce congratulation as computerlation.

    When I was young I thought tooth fairies used to live in Cha- am because my friend told me her sister saw the tooth fairies factory and everything was made out of tooth.

    I am going to laugh because of all these funny things I thought when I was a kid.


  6. February 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I used to think that us humans were barbie dolls and that a enormous human was controlling us. But now I think its a lie because a huge hand is not holding my body so that I can move.

    I used to think the back of retainers were jelly and so you could eat it. When its all eaten up,you just get it filled in straight away. But now I think its not true because the back of retainers are made of rubber.

  7. Pan
    February 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Hi 6SS,
    When i was young i use to think that i could fly, even thought i just tried to the moment i thought of that. I still thought that there was a technique i have to learn to be able to fly.
    But now i know that i can’t fly, people can only fly in movies…. etc. I am pretty relived that now i know that i can’t fly. Now when i think back i am kind of embarrassed that i thought that i can fly. But now i know that i can’t fly. 😀
    Pan 😛

  8. Stefan
    February 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I used to think that Pokemon was actually real because I was addicted to the game but now I know that they are not real because the game was just made up.

    I used to also think that the tooth fairy could give me anything I wanted but now I know she doesn’t because I tried it out and the next morning I was really disappointed..

  9. Pat
    February 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    First when I was young I thought that a certain kind of cards which in cartoons they become real were true but now I don’t believe it anymore because believe it or not if it was true why don’t I see any because usually at nist when there’s something new bang every kid has it. A other thing that I believed in was doraemon and that someday he would come and help me but now I kind of believe it but not as much because if he is real he should be here right now. 🙂 😦 😐 😉

  10. Andrea
    February 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Hi 6SS,

    When I was a little kid and whenever someone said something, pictures used to flash in my mind as fast as I took in the words. The problem was; I sometimes got the words wrong. Example if someone said “I am so bored!” Immediately, I used to think of something like an ironing board or a surf board. So the problem was, I kept mixing words up and making myself more confused than anything. Now, I think and know my words better and thankfully, don’t get my words mixed up any more. 🙂


  11. February 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I used to think that we can eat clouds but now I think we can’t eat clouds because it’s made out of water vapor. Also I thought tissue was made out of flat clouds because it looked like it but now I think it’s not made out of clouds because it is made out of recycled paper pulp.
    I used to think Santa was real but then I saw mom and dad putting my presents beside me. So now I think santa doesn’t exist.

    When I was young, I thought that cats were scary because of their scary flashing eyes but now I think cats are so cute because I was inspired by SCAD which helps stray cats. Also I thought that hedgehogs are made out of sharp teeth because it looks like it but now I think hedgehogs are so adorable that i think the fur got sharp because of their living habitat where there is a lot of enemies.

    • Andrea
      February 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Hi Jimin,

      I totally agree with you! Now that I remembered, I used to think we could eat clouds and that they would taste like cotton candy (like what Caitie said). Now, I know clouds would probably taste like air and moisture because they are made out of water vapor.

    • February 28, 2012 at 6:41 am

      I also used to think that we can eat clouds too. I thought they were flying cotton candies.

  12. February 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Hi 6SS,

    When I was little I used to think that the tooth fairy was real and I always kept it under my pillow with a letter, but I soon found out that my parents were the ones leaving money under my pillow. I also used to think that Santa was real and that he could really travel the whole world in one night but then I found my parents leaving the presents. And I also thought that braces were drilled into your teeth but they’re actually just glued on. And I also thought that there were monsters under my bed and that only I could see it and it wasn’t visible to parents.

    Now reading these makes me laugh because I feel like a different person now that I don’t think like that anymore.

    Melis 😀

  13. February 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Hi 6SS,

    I always used to think power rangers were the coolest thing ever and that they were real, I thought someday they would save me. I now think that power rangers is this boring old TV show and weird action figure.

    I used to think school was really boring, I used to say to my self: “what is the point of going to school we barely ever learn anything.” but now I think school is amazing! I love to learn new things everyday…..and why is that? Because my teacher makes it fun and inspires me!

    I have the same idea as Stefan. I used to believe in the tooth fairy and Father Christmas (Santa Claus) but for kids over the age of 8 it has become a kind of myth! Kids think it is the same kind of thin as on TV (which it is) and make their imagination just die out in a few years!

    I have the same idea as Pan I used to have dreams of me flying and that made me think I actually could soar high in the sky (of course I could not do that!). I know think flying is something only birds and flying vestiges can do but I may be possible that us humans can actually fly!

    I used to always think grass meant glass and glass meant grass. One time when I was 5 my teacher said you can throw rocks at the grass but what I heard was that you could throw it at glass so guess what happened…..I threw a rock at glass! But now I know the difference between grass and glass!!



    • 19vint
      February 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      There was actually a man who flew for a while using a jet pack. He was the first person to fly the longest distance in a hot air balloon. One day, if we combine our genes with birds, like a human and a bird having babies together, it might be possible, but I don’t think any human would want to do that.

      • February 28, 2012 at 6:27 am

        Yeah I do not think that a human would want that…..I do think in the future humans will fly!

  14. February 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I used to think that power ranger`s were real but now i think that they are really babyish TV shows. I dont know why but before when i was like 4 or 5 i LOVED! power rangers for some reason. Later on when i was 7 i stoped liking them. And now i think back and say to my self
    ” man i was babyish”. True story.

    There was another time when i thought that the moon was made out of cheese. I was 6 and i read a book and it said that the moon was made of cheese and i actualy belived it! Now i think the moon is made out of rock and lunar dust. I fell so embarrassed that i used to think the moon was made out of cheese.

    • February 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      I agree with you Daniel! Actually when I was young I thought ( this is a belief in Korea) that there were rabbits living on the moon making ricecake! I also thought sometimes they will come to me and give me ricecakes!

      • 19vint
        February 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        I agree with you both. I also used to think that (this is a children’s belief in China) there was a rabbit living on the moon with the goddess 嫦娥.

      • February 28, 2012 at 6:42 am

        Also in Japan. The moon really looks like a rabbit making ricecrackers.

  15. Hannah
    February 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I used to think that meat was a kind of food that was not made out of animal, and I thought it was called meat like vegetables are called vegetables. One day, in kindergarden I found out that the food I was eating was an animal, even my dads meat sauce had animal in it, and that is the story of how I became a vegetarian because I now think it is nasty poor little chopped up animal.

    I used to think that there were no drivers in cars and it was just something driving around always making me wait until I could cross the street. Know I think of cars as things that people drive in and that they make pollution, but can also come in handy when you can’t use any other transportation. I also think that there can be different people that drive the cars, some have a really nice cars to show of their money, and some drive normally, carefully or wildly, some even drunk.

  16. 19pochrakamolp
    February 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    when I was little I used to the people who are in the television could come out and get you. So I didn’t dare to touch the television screen but when I was 5 I finally dared to touch the screen then I realized that nothing happened.

    I also agree with Billy and Stefan because when I was young I thought that Santa clause was real because I kept getting presents on Christmas . But when I was turning 7 I realized That my parent are the one that buy stuff because I see it in the movies.

    Same with Melis that when I was 4 I believed there were ghost under my bed,closet or bathroom. But when I was 7 I had to go to the bathroom so I went and saw nothing. After that I wasn’t scared anymore.

    I agree with Zola because there was another time I thought that there were real witches because me and my friend read the book called The Witches by Roal Dahl. And we saw this lady (In my old school) that look liked a witch and has the same criteria. So first me and my friend thought that she was a real witch so we told the principle but said it wasn’t true. First we didn’t believe him but we had to because when me and my friend read another non fiction book we knew that the principle was right. So me and my friend were totally embarrassed.


  17. February 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm


    I use to believe that tooth fairies were real but one day I wondered and that day I lost a tooth. I heard many stories about tooth fairies ( Throwing it up to the roof, keep it under the pillow and so on) There are also movies about it. So I kept on wondering until one day I stopped believing and I I thought it was actually my dad who did it. I was dieing to know so I tried pulling out a tooth and hiding it under my pillow without anyone knowing and guess what? No money, so I tried again to make sure. But believing that tooth fairies were real made me excited and happy. It maight be real, who knows….

    I know another example but I don’t knwo how to explain it.


    • February 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Petanque!! I never got money or anything and I didn’t do the tooth fairies culture, but I sometimes think they can be real too! People say things like that are impossible but sometimes you know what people say.. ‘nothing is impossible!’ so I really agree with you, who knows?


      • February 28, 2012 at 6:45 am

        Me too. When I was little I had put my teeth under my pillow but I never got money.

      • Andrea
        February 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

        Hi Vicky and Mari,

        I agree with both of you. I was brought up not doing this kind of thing with Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy. So naturally, I never believed it. I never even tried it!

  18. February 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Hi everyone,

    when I was young, I thought that if you feel bad you should just keep in your heart because then you will feel better but now I think the best way to feel better is to tell someone who is very close to you and you know that you can trust. Also I thought I could be butterfly if I get bigger but now I think it is possible to be a butterfly but we need to do lots of scientific things to do it! I think it would be possible in the future. I also used to think we can fly but now I think we can’t fly ourselves but by using things as gliders, etc, we can fly (but it will be pretty hard and dangerous). I also was scared of certain noises as squeaking in the dark but now I think that my hedgehog is having too much fun in his room! I also thought that broom sticks will be flying like harry potter’s broom stick. But now I think it is possible whether it has a machine attached with it or if it is a robot. I still think it is possible we can make flying broom sticks! I also thought when I was young that we will fly up to the air after the air and be reborn after but now I think if you die, you will have a peaceful life sleeping.
    In conclusion, I thought that counselor teachers are very mean and they just pretend to listen to you and they won’t be able to fix your problems. But now, after going to Mrs. Ashley and talking to her I think counselor teachers are there for you and they will understand your feelings. Also I think that counselor is a great job to do since I like helping and talking to others so they can feel better! Actually, for my exhibition I want to do something about counseling and myself!

    See you,


  19. victor
    February 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    1. i used to think that cars could fly but now i think that that can only happen in the future.

    2. i used to think that doctors were evil because they would give you injections and ect but now i think that they do all that just to help you.

    3.i used to think that you could get money without working but now i think that if you work hard you get money.

    here are three examples of what i thought before and what i think now.

  20. 19vint
    February 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I used to think that I could have many different amazing powers such as flight, psychokinesis, Hydrokinesis, and pyrokinesis and such, but now I think those powers are very rare. Whenever I had an idea like building a spaceship and creating outposts and colonies on different planets (which I thought was really possible), I dreamed it into a story-like idea, like using my powers to take over the government and launch rockets into outer space.

    I used to think that there was always world piece and war was an alien concept to me, but now I think that some countries are really greedy and want to be master of the earth which means helping it but they do the opposite, waging war and invading countries in the middle east full of oil so they can have money for their own uses.

    I used to think airplanes were air hotels that were super safe, but that changed when I accidentally saw Air Crash Investigation on National Geographic when I was seven. Now I think that planes can still be safe, if they are taken care of really well, but nothing and no one is perfect, so there can be crashes.

    I used to think ghosts were real when I saw two pure white silhouettes walking in my garden, but know, after watching National Geographic and discovery, I think that sometimes ghosts show themselves.

  21. February 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Hi everyone!

    I used to think that everyone in North Korea was bad and they were really cruel to other countries that surround them. They will shoot rockets at Japan and attack Korea for no reason and so on. I thought that the whole nation agreed to launch rockets at other countries and attack them. But when I was around 7, 8 my mom told me that there is a cruel guy called Kim Jong Il who is the dictator of North Korea. My mom told me that he was the mastermind of all the attacks that the country did. She also told me that Kim Jong Il was making the North Koreans life harder. Now I think that common citizens were victims to the Kim Jong Il’s dictatorship and like other countries there are some good people and some bad people in North Korea.

    I used to think that people never died and they had eternal life but in year 4 my grandfather died. I had only one question in my head. “Why did he die?” I couldn’t accept the reality. After one year my Grandmother also died. But now I started to learn that people die and people don’t have eternal life and they aren’t like the gods from Greece or Rome myths who never die. Now I know that everyone dies so we should not waste our precious time.

    I used to think that Japan was a safe place even though there were earthquakes or natural disasters. There were no problems with nuclear power plants. But when the earthquake and tsunami hit March 11th 2011 I thought Japan was a really dangerous place to liv in. And when I heard about the radioactivity leaking from the nuclear plants and spreading out around the whole country I was shocked and really worried. Now I think that Japan is trying very hard to save the situation but there could be things that happen rarely that make Japan a very dangerous place to live or to go.

    When I was little I used to think that I am right and everyone else is wrong. In year 1 I would say that they are strange because their socks were different from mine or they had different hair style or they had bigger feet and so on. But I understood that people were different in year 3 when we learned about culture and religion. It taught me that not only one culture is good and right, instead all cultures are right. Now I know that everyone is unique and everyone is right and everyone is not wrong. (It’s like the win win attitude that the book was talking about).

    I used to think that tooth fairies were real and they would fly to your bed at night if you have a tooth. They will swap it with money during the night. When my tooth fell off I used to scream out loud and show it to my mom. But when I read a book in year 3 I knew that the tooth fairy didn’t exist because the brother put the money in his little sisters pillow and took the tooth so I thought it could be one of my family members. Also I noticed that whenever my tooth came off she will put the money in her desk to get ready to put it underneath my pillow. Now I think tooth fairies are myths and quite Sci-Fi.

  22. February 28, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I also thought fairies and Santa were real and give me money or presents. I also thought Santa will give me presents if I am only good. But now I know it is not true because when I was 6 or 7 I saw my dad putting my Christmas present next to my pillow. He did not have whitebeard nor long white hair nor Santa costume. Also when I was 10 my dad told me Santa was not true. My mom got a bit mad but kept saying “He is a lyer there is Santa”. I know faries are not true because when I had put a toooth under my pillow when I was 7, There was no money under my pillow the next morning.

    I also thought ghost were true in haunted house but now I know it is not true because When I was 8, my class made a haunted house in our school.


  23. Gina
    February 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I use to think in my room there is a creature living next to me every night I sleep because there is noise from out side and yona (my sister) snoring and I also thought when I was little Santa was real because my mom use to say she saw Santa giving her present

    now I think Santa is not real because in Korea my mom told me she didn’t see Santa and there is no creature sleeping next to me she just said it was yona’s snoring

    Gina 😉

  24. February 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    When I was young I thought that the tooth fairy was real. So whenever I get a tooth i put it under my bed and I get money. One day my dad came to me and said that the tooth fairy isn’t real and that he or ether my mom gives the money.

    Before I used to think that ghost were real and can kill people. So at night I could hardly sleep knowing that they are ghosts, and sometimes I would wake up at the middle of the night. Then my mom and dad told me that it is just your imagination and that you have nothing to be afraid off. I still get nightmares and start seeing stuff at night but I just ignore it because after a few seconds it disappears and I know that it is just my imagination.

    Madhav 👿

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