August 23, 2011
School has begun. The first day of school I spent some time helping in a kindergarten class. The students were putting their supplies and beginning a coloring paper at the table. One little boy kept getting out of his seat and walking around. On Back to School Night, he had introduced himself to his teacher. “I Dominick. I 5. I run” and proceeded to run around the class.
After thirty minutes into class, the teacher had the children on the carpet, reading a story. Little Dom got up, tapped his teacher on the shoulder, and pronounced, “I done. You take me home now.”
I stifled a laugh.
After sharing the story with my senior son, he said, “He’s got a loooong educational career ahead of him.”
March 31, 2011
I have had more fun with kindergarten kids this year. They say the cutest things.
Daily I work with two boys on language skills. We play the “wh” game. They roll the dice to correlating word cards. I ask a question that begins with who, what, where, when, why, or how.
Matt rolled a “who” question. I read: “Who is in charge of the school?”
Matt smiled and said, “Teachers.”
I said, “Okay. Teachers are in charge of children at school. Who is in charge of the teachers?”
The young boy thought and then smiled. “The janitor!”
Our PTO president was nearby and heard the comment. She turned and commented, “Well, I guess Mrs. I (our principal) does clean up messes.”
When I saw Mr. O, our custodian, and told him about Matt’s comment, he said, “I wouldn’t want to clean up Mrs. I’s messes.”