Many children haven’t figured out how to think about what they say yet because they just want to get everything out of their heads. One of the girls in my class on Monday just blurted out the funniest thing in the middle of naptime 😮 I just put everyone to sleep and she was the only one still awake, because she usually falls asleep by herself – she straight up just says “I’m going to fart now” I was in such shock and wanted to laugh uncontrollably (like she did after she said it and then “did her thing”) BUT since I am the teacher, I kept my composure and simply said “Ok, thanks for letting me know – that’s perfectly natural.” i just love when things like that happen, and how the brain works to get you to say that. It is a complicated process to think about, but very exciting how speaking is possible. Also, thinking about not speaking is surprisingly difficult! I worked out today for the first time in quite a while (*cough* six months), and I really wanted to catch up on the blogging that I missed due to Christmas and family events that have been going on this week – HOWEVER, my mind to mouth communication would not shut up, for me to be able to write rather than just blurt out everything I was saying. Of course, I did not say “I’m going to fart now” but I wouldn’t put it passed my brain to think it.
This is post (1 of 4) for today in order to catch up for #blogaday.
Today, we combined with the younger preschool children in the afternoon because we had a low number of kids and the teachers were a bit short staffed. There are a few of them who act much younger than the other preschoolers – they need lots of reminding about what not to do and where to be during centers. Unfortunately, my eyes were turned dealing with another issue when two of the boys filled our planter display with rocks and shells (from our science center) We cleared out the mess and put the plant back in the soil, but I doubt it will recover from being smothered. It really saddened me, because it was a living plant and was squished. The preschool students have a fish that they are managing to keep alive; however, it is on a taller part of the wall so this can’t happen to the living fish.
One of the students today had the cutest pair of fake glasses on! They didn’t have lenses and were leopard-print on the frame. She kept asking me to clean them 🙂 I think it must have been something she has seen her parents do – she looked adorable!
There is a student who is learning English as a second language in my classroom, and the other kids are mostly helping her with vocabulary by asking her to say certain words that they use often like backpack, crayon, ball, etc. However, today, they started to say silly things to her or make fun of the fact she can’t say it properly. I will have to speak to them before school to explain that she doesn’t understand that they are joking – she just wants to make them happy and sometimes, they ask her to say things when it is disruptive to the lesson. It is interesting how something that started off as helpful to her is now becoming harmful…
This week during recesses, I have discovered that children are entertained by the smallest things. I pointed out blackberries behind the fence of the playground and white “fuzzies” that blow off of trees, used bubbles, and shook my head hysterically when they put grass on it. Children can laugh and play with the simplest of activities – it really makes it relaxing to be outside and entertain them!
These were some of the words I received when teaching a lesson today on blends. I was expecting “star,” “glass,” “place” – so was amazed at the Kindergarteners for coming up with such distinct words! It was a private school setting, which meant the environment they are brought up in is much more well-off. BUT STILL, they are 4 and 5 years old 😮
Do you know how many shoelaces I have tied since my student teaching? It is ridiculous 😮 I don’t remember having laces until second grade, maybe first grade – BUT I think I didn’t get them until I knew how to tie them. I watched my sister with her laces and she helped me learn. I think the very young children, like Kindergarteners, should have Velcro. They play with the laces as well, so even after I tie them again, they have come undone pretty quickly. I know Velcro makes a loud noise and kids play with that as well, but at least I wouldn’t have a line of children needing laces tied before recess ha.
What makes the sound and smell of flatulence cause children and some adults to giggle? During my lesson today, I didn’t smell anything due to my cold – but some of the students started plugging their noses and laughing. They backed away from the boy who they said farted. It interrupted the lesson, and I just mentioned that “it happens” and had to move on.It was a silly doing and saying!
During calendar, we talk about our pattern and what the picture might be each day. The pattern is measurements (time, temperature, weight, length) – yesterday, one of the students in the afternoon class guessed that our picture would be a “pickle.” I was so caught off guard!
Today was somewhat hectic with teaching most of the morning, and all of the afternoon. BUT it was lightened during “read-to-self” time, when a young boy sat down next to me and asked “excuse me, how is your day going today?” It was in such a cute tone that I just had to be happy 🙂 This is why I love my teaching! The little things the children say and do that make you realize you make a difference, and impact how their day goes.