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."
During reading group one day this week, somehow we started talking about crying and losing someone through death. I wish I could remember what we were talking about exactly, but I can't. Anyway, one of my little boys said, "When I'm older, rather if I have a son or daughter, and if they die, I would cry all the time." Isn't that sweet? But, I hope he never experiences that in his life. That is such a hard thing for anyone to experience. I was just kind of amazed that a seven year old boy thought of it and said it. I wanted to share on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
This past Tuesday, when I had parents visiting my classroom, I had a funny story that took place. During my teaching time, one of my little girls said, "My gutter hurts." I was like "What? You don't have a gutter!" She preceded to tell me that the space between the teeth and her cheek hurts. She called that her "gutter." Isn't that cute? Truthfully, maybe because I've taught first grade a while now, I can understand why she called it her "gutter." I thought this was cute on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
I have this one boy in my class that is just hilarious. He is such a happy boy. He makes me laugh SO much! I am so thankful for him. One day this week, I told him I was going to bottle him up and sell him. He told me that he won't come back to this school if I'm going to do that because his mom and dad won't like it. So, I told him that I would get a lot of money if I sell him and that I would share the money with his parents. He then said,"(His sister's name) and I mean more to them then money!" I thought it was so sweet. He is right, he does mean more than money... all kids, all people are. I just loved how a six year old boy said that. How touching is that on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
This is probably one of my favorite blog stories of ALL time! It made me laugh VERY hard. I hope you will get a laugh from it, too. However, I do think it is funnier if you were there. :-) In first grade, I teach my children Community Helpers. One of our community helpers is the Pastor. So, I asked a fellow teacher (and a friend of mine), who is also the Youth Pastor at my church, to come talk to my kids about what a pastor does and what he does specifically as youth pastor. He did a great job! At the end of what he was saying, he asked me if the kids could ask questions. I said, "Yes!" So, he asked the kids if they had any questions. Some of them had really good questions, for first graders. Well, before I explain the funny part of the story, I need to preface it. I have a few kids in my class that whine. I've told them that I don't speak whinese, so they have to talk like big kids if they want me to answer them. Now, during question time with the Youth Pastor, one of my girls asked him "Do you speak whinese?" The funny part is that she was being serious and not trying to be silly. This question came out of the blue. My class and I just busted out laughing. It was hilarious! I was laughing so hard that I couldn't even say anything to him to explain. Then the Youth Pastor said, "Is this an inside joke?" Again, we are STILL laughing. Finally, I was able to compose myself enough to explain. I think this is hilarious, and I hope you enjoyed this story on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
On Thursday of this week, I had my hair pulled back into a pony tail. Now, my hair is naturally curly and has gotten pretty long. Well, throughout the day, I had a couple of curls come out of my pony tail and was on the side of my face. During a reading group, one of my boys (seven years old) said, "Your hair is messy." He thought my hair was messy because I had curls on the side of my face. So, I guess I'm now getting hair styling tips from a seven year old boy. I thought it was humorous on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
One day this week, my class and I were talking about something. Honestly, I cannot remember what we were talking about. However in some part of the conversation, one of my girls (6 years old) said, "When I get older, my two sons and two daughters will come to this school." Wow! She is six and knows she is "having" two sons and two daughters. I thought that was cute and wanted to share on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
This past Sunday I was helping in my K-4 Sunday School class. A girl came into class, and the teacher said, "You look nice today." The little girl, who is four, said, "I know!" I was stunned she said that! I had to turn around and laugh. I thought it was funny on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
Several weeks ago in K-4 Sunday school, I was teaching the kids their memory verses. After we went over our verse, I have the childen say the verse to me. If they say it, they get a sticker to put on their sticker chart. Several of my kids said their verse. I asked this boy if he wanted to say his verse. He said, "No." Another boy told him, "If you don't say it, you'll make God sad." I thought that was so precious and sweet. God does want us to say and memorize His Word. So, the K-4 year old boy spoke truth. Well, the little boy did say his verse to me that day. I just thought it was neat on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
One day this week we had indoor recess, since it was raining. My kids spent most of their recess talking to me. They wanted to share things with me. They are really a funny class. I'm so thankful the Lord is working in them/with them and in me. I believe we are enjoying each other more, since they are improving in their behavior. Well, somehow CPR got mentioned while they were talking to me. One of my little boys said, "I know CPR." So, I said, "Really?" Remember, he is 6! He said, "Yes, you just press on the stomach and breathe into their mouth." Well, he is close--- somewhat :-) Then one of my other little boys (who is hilarious and just such a happy boy!) said, "EWWW!" It was such a hilarious moment. Then, I had to explain about the breathing in the mouth. My kids make me laugh. I love to hear the laughter of children. There are not many things better than that! God is good! I just wanted to share with you on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
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.