He was whining (dramatically) while I fixed lunch, that I hadn't ever told him what "simples" were. I asked him "simple whats? fractions? what?" He said, "Simples or compounds!" Again, I asked him, "Simple or compound WHATS?" Finally, he said, "IN GRAMMAR!" Which still didn't help, since it could have been simple subjects.
I took a break in lunch preparations to go look at his book. Aha, he's studying simple or compound sentences! Of course, the book explained what a compound sentence was at the very top of the page, but I gave him a few more examples. As soon as I said them, I thought to myself, "WHAT am I saying?!?!"
Compound sentences for a ten year old boy:
- I shot the dog, and then it died.
- I robbed the bank, and I was arrested.
- I shot the dog. Then, it died.
- I robbed the bank. I was arrested.