This is a blog written by a first grade teacher. I am sharing funny stories and insights given by my students and other children I am privileged to work with. I am sharing talk from "out of the mouth of babes."
A few weeks ago the weather became really warm. Summer is almost here. Well, I bought some sunglasses to wear. I brought them to wear to school when I was outside for recess. It was the first time I've worn sunglasses in front of my kids. Well, one of my little girls said, "You look fly!" I was like, "What? What does that mean? Is that a good thing?" Well, she told me it was a good thing. So, I'm fly! :-) I thought that was cute and funny that her teacher is 'fly'. So, I (the 'fly' teacher-- ha!) just wanted to share what came from "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
If you know me, you may know that I am ABSOLUTELY PETRIFIED of rodents or ANYTHING that can crawl over my feet. I mean VERY scared! Well, this week, a student brought a hamster in, for her third grade class; they have been studying animals. Well, I wanted my kids to see the hamster. So, as a "good", educational teacher, I picked it up, yes, I picked it up. I held it, so each child could pet it. As I was doing so, guess what! It BIT me!! I mean, it drew blood. It hurt! Of course, my children laughed at me. I immediately put the hamster (the mean hamster!) in its cage. To add insult to injury, I was told by the owners that the hamster has never bit anyone before. I guess I am special! :-) So, I wanted to share our unique and to some (not me!) the funny experience that my "babes" got to see--I got to feel. Ouch!!
My kids and I were talking about something at the end of reading group one day this week. Honestly, I can't remember what we were talking about. One of my little girls was being silly. She said something. I guess I responded that I didn't understand what she was saying. She said, "I don't speak Egyptian." I was like, "What? Egyptian?" I have NO idea where that came from, but I laughed on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
I help teach in K-4 Sunday school in the mornings for church. We are finishing the Easter story. Today, the teacher asked the children to say some things that will be in Heaven. One girl said, "A scooter." Another said, "Streets of gold." She was right; there will be streets of gold. The funniest one, I think, is when a girl told us something that she thought was in Heaven. She said, "I Pods, so I can listen to music." Keep in mind these are four and five year olds. I laughed out loud when I heard that. Then she said, "'I'm going to listen to my I Pod when (student's name) rides her scooter." Precious and FUNNY!! Well, it made me laugh, so I wanted to share with you on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
This week one of my first graders came up to me and said that his classmate said a bad word. So, I asked him to tell me what that bad word was. Sometimes, they think something is a bad word, but it really isn't what we, as adults, believe to be bad words (like dumb, shut up, etc). I still address those, but I needed to know if it was a 'real' bad word. So, he told me she said, "Ain't." I told him that it wasn't a bad word. He said, "My mom says it's a bad word." So, I told him it is not good English and isn't a 'real' word, but 'ain't isn't a bad word. I thought it was cute, and yes, funny on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
This week, one of my little girls was pouting (something that I see often with this class!). I told her not to pout and that she looks like a lost puppy dog- because the way she looked with her lips. I did a similar look to show her what I meant by "lost puppy dog." One of my boys said to me, "You look cute like that." How sweet! I thought it was cute, and I wanted to share what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
My school curriculum has a section for seatwork. The children do seatwork while I am in reading groups. One of the items for them to do for seatwork was to write a letter to their teacher (that's me!). So, I wanted to share a few of them with you. I'm going to type them how they wrote it. Now, I'm "fluent" in first grade (regarding their spelling!). So, if you have any questions and don't know what they are saying, please feel free to leave me a comment and ask. I will translate! :-) Also, excuse the fact that there is not much punctuation. We are learning. Here's the first one: Miss Prgone My best fren you make me better wem I'm sad and I'm mad Miss Prgone you have teached me olot thank you Miss Prgone. He did misspell my name, but that is o-kay. I was really touched by this one. This child who wrote this often gives me trouble. So, it was really encouraging to read this. The next note: Dear miss pregony. I think that you are a grate and you help us whin we nede help and you help us whin we are hurt thank you for that love........ She signed the note, but I do not put the names of my students on this blog. But, I thought this was sweet. This is the last one I will share with you: I love you ver. if God said you can be a teacher I wold lern from you. my best teacher. I wish I was apart of your famlyay your so nice to me. the best teacher. I thank you for teaching me to do the right thangs and teaching me about God I want to call you momy so bad but I cant. I love you very mush evry thang you did to me was nice I love it when you do it. thank you for doing in thank you very mush How sweet is this! I about cried when she thanked me for teaching her about God. That's the main goal! I also was touched when she said that she wishes she could be in my family and call me mommy. WOW! These letters to me are a blessing! I wanted to share with you on things that 'babes' wrote. Hopefully you enjoyed on what came from the pencil of my 'babes.'
Today at the end of one of my reading groups, one of my little girls said, "I want to live in China." I asked, "Why?" She said, "So, I can speak Spanish." I laughed and said, "What did you say?" She repeated it. Then I told her, China speaks Chinese and that Mexico, Spain, and a lot of South America speaks Spanish. It was just so funny, so I wanted to share on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
Today, I went to an AWANA activity for the third and fourth grade girls I work with at church. We set this activity up to help them with their sections, since we lost some time due to snow this year. The kids said sections, but we also had fun! Got to have fun!! Well, I was helping "my girl" with her sections. One section says that she has to bring two visitors to AWANAS. She said she brought her brother one Wednesday, but he ended up in church because he wasn't feeling well. That did count! She then said that Jesus is always with her, so He came to AWANAS, too. Well, she is true! Jesus is always with us, and He has been in AWANAS. It just made me laugh that she thought of that. I asked her where she heard that from (I didn't know if maybe her parents told her to say that). She said that she learned that from the Bible, that Jesus is always with her. Wow! All she said is true. It is also a blessing! By the way, I did count that. So, she finished her section. :-) I just had to share with you on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
Each class that I have taught has been different-- children are different. Last years class was very tender to the things of the Lord. I LOVED that about them! This class, until recently, hasn't showed that side. But, lately, the things they pray for during prayer time has been so touching. One little girl this week prayed for "the children without a mother and a father." Now, I don't know where that came from but WOW! It was so touching! I just had to share on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
My students LOVE to talk!! One time when they love to talk to me is during reading group. If I'm not careful, that can get out of hand (too much time taken!) So, I started this week with "share time." After we are done reading, each student can tell me one thing--- anything they want to share with me. Today one of my kids said, "Last night I wrote a song." So, I acted excited. I said, "Wow! What kind of song?" He said, "A love song." I then said, "To who?" He said, "To me." So, I have a first grader who wrote a love song to himself. I thought that was quite funny, so I wanted to share on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
Today, one of my little girls passed a note to a boy in my class. The note had only one word on it: "Behave." Now, I think this is funny for a few reasons. One, she passed a note. Two, the message is quite funny. Three, the boy she gave it to is VERY well behaved, most of the time. The girl who passed the note is one who does not always behave. So, I just thought it was funny that she passed it to him. Yes, I laughed when I read the note. I thought it was cute, so I wanted to share what a "babe" did.
I am a born again Christian. That is the most important thing to know about me. Being a Christian is the greatest honor and privilege in a person's life (my life!). Being a Christian, I sought and followed God's will for my life. He gave me a love for children and led me to be a teacher. I'm not just a teacher, but I have the awesome and amazing privilege to be a Christian school teacher. I teach at the Christian school associated with my church in Richmond, Virginia. I am a first grade teacher, and I love it! I love working with and teaching "my children." But, I love most serving the Lord and teaching these kids that God has given me more about Him. What a blessing! Now, being a Christian isn't always easy. It is a constant learning experience. On my blogs, I share with you some of the great things I get to experience from working with children--- "Out of the Mouth of Babes." I am also showing how I am Learning to Lean on God's Arms. That is a personal "diary" of sorts of things the Lord is teaching me, as His child.