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.
Last night, I was able to babysit for two of my favorite little men-- ages 8 and 6. Part of the night we watched Charlie Brown movies. That was neat; it has been FOREVER since I watched a Charlie Brown movie. After that, we played games. However, the games we played they made up. There was one game that I was amazed at. The 6 year old took a piece of paper and drew four circles- one in each corner. Then, he drew a bigger circle in the middle. He gave us pennies. We had to flick the penny to the middle circle without getting "bumped" by another penny. If we got "bumped" out, then you were out of the game and lost. Well, I lost! But, I thought it was such a neat and clever idea. I wanted to share what a "babe" did/came up with. This is a picture of the game board. He called this game Penny Bingo.
There is a girl in my class that has naturally curly hair, and I do, too. So, one time a couple of months ago we had planned to straighten our hair at the same time to be "twins." Awhile after that, we had a day that our clothes matched (black shirt and jean skirt), but we did not do it on purpose. So, we've decided that we will have a "twin" day again, with straight hair and matching outfits. Now, if you know anything about curly hair, you cannot straighten it if it is going to rain. If the straight hair gets wet, it curls again. So, I really plan my "straightening" on the weather. Well, we were talking about "being twins" today. She said, "Let's do it Monday, if it doesn't rain." Then, we were talking about matching clothes, and she said, "It is supposed to be 65 degrees on Monday." So, I have a little weather girl in my class. I just thought it was funny that she knew what the temperature was going to be. I asked her how she knew and she said, "Because my mom made me watch the news." I thought it was cute and funny on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
In first grade, I teach my students what a sentence is and how to write sentences. Well, we have moved up from writing sentences to writing stories. This week my kids wrote their first story!! Their story had to be about President Abraham Lincoln. This is a several day process. I first teach them what a title is. Then, I read some information to them about President Lincoln. Then, the students have to come up with titles for their story. Then, we take two days for them to write their stories. I gave them some basic information about President Lincoln like: where he was born, he didn't go to school, he was honest, he became a lawyer, and he was our 16th President. I also told them that he was assassinated (shot) by a bad person while President Lincoln was watching a play at a theater. I also told them he was one of two Presidents that have been assassinated. I told them that many years later President John F. Kennedy was also assassinated. I've told my kids that I am the "editor." So, they write their stories, and I make corrections before they write it on a special piece of paper made for their Lincoln stories. Well, as I was "editing" the stories, one of them was just TOO funny!! The beginning of this girl's story was good and truthful. Towards the end she said that President Lincoln was shot while watching a play at a theater. He was shot by a really mean person. His name was John F. Kennedy. Oh, I busted out laughing and said, "No!" I didn't teach my kids that.... I promise! But, I thought it was SO funny. Don't worry, I fixed it on her paper and told her that he was shot by John Wilkes Booth. I got a laugh from it and so did a few of my teacher friends. I thought you might get a laugh from what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
Today, one of my girls told me that she went to Barnes & Nobles this weekend. She said that at Barnes & Nobles she made a new friend. I love that about this age; they make friends so quickly. She told me that while she was talking to her new friend that she told her new friend about Jesus. How exciting is that! I was excited to hear that she did something (tell someone about Jesus) we talk about in class-- not keeping Jesus a "secret." I was excited about the news, and I wanted to share with you something a "babe" did.
Someday this week at the end of the day, my children (for some reason) were talking about marriage. Now, I think it is hilarious that boys this age say they aren't going to get married, and, of course, the girls "are" and have their weddings "planned"(the ideas of it, anyway). I have always thought that was a neat difference on how God made girls and boys. Well, like I said, somehow marriage started getting talked about. Often, I just listen to see what they come up with. I find it funny! Well, somehow, the word kissing got mentioned-- honestly, I think all that got started because I had given some of my kids CHOCOLATE kisses. So, some of the kids were "running" with that thought- some second graders, too. Well, one boy said if he gets married that " My book would have to be re-copied." He often says, "That is not in my book." So, I guess all this talking about marriage and kissing isn't in his "book." How cute! A seven year old boy has a "book." I think he meant that his "book" would have to be re-written, instead of re-copied. But, I thought it was so cute about him having a "book", and I wanted to share on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
Today, one of my little girls told me that her aunt is going to have a baby. She is really excited about it. I told her that was great! Then she said that this baby is a very special baby. I told her all babies are very special. But she insisted that this baby is VERY special. So I asked, "Why is this baby very special?" She said, "Because she works for the tooth fairy." I said, "What? The baby works for the tooth fairy?" She said, "No, my aunt does." I guess I looked puzzled and shocked, so she said, "Seriously, she works for the tooth fairy." I had to laugh, but I did try to hide it. It was just hilarious to me. I think she was serious, which makes it even funnier. Well, I wanted to share this cute and funny story on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
Today, I was teaching my kids about prefixes. The prefix/special sound I was teaching them was "a-" as in "a- in asleep." If you are familiar with A Bekah phonics, you know what I'm talking about. I was teaching them what a prefix is and specifically the one that I just mentioned. After we went over the prefix "a- in asleep", we were reading the words with that special sound in it. I try to explain what the words mean. One word was "alone". I used the sentence, "I'm alone-- all by myself." I pretended to cry. One of my boys (who really is probably the happiest boy I've EVER met in my life and is really my "sanity" most days because he makes me laugh!), got out of his seat and came to me and gave me a great big bear hug. I mean he squeezed me tight! The children were all laughing. I was laughing, too, because I was surprised. Yes, I was touched, too. It was a blessing. I got to hear one of the best sounds ever, in my opinion--- laughter of a child. I also got a big bear hug from one of my boys. Wow, how cool is that! I just wanted to share what a "babe" did.
At the age of my first graders (6-7), I often hear, "He(She's) not my friend anymore." They can be mad one minute and then best friends the next. Well, one day this week, I had two boys that were "fighting." Awhile after, one of the boys raised his hand and said, "We are friends again. Everything is all right." He was happy about that! The other boy said, "I forgave him and he forgave me." They "fixed" their friendship. I thought this was so sweet, and it is such a reminder on the simplicity of friendship and how special and important friendships are. I've been reminded of that a lot lately. So, this story just touched me and somewhat encouraged me. It really was a blessing and a rebuke to me. I thought the sweet words that came "Out of the Mouth of Babes" should be shared.
As a Christian, prayer is a major part of my life. In the past several months it has become a more important and sweeter part of my life. I, as a first grade teacher, enjoy trying to teach my children how to pray. I love hearing them pray. I also love knowing that our Lord loves children and hears them. Each day during Bible time, I have three different children come up to the front and pray. They each give a prayer request. Then, I "exchange" requests, so they pray for each other. Then, I have some pray for other requests, such as for our class to have a sweet spirit of unity and for unspoken requests that another teacher and I both have that are ongoing. I also encourage them before they pray for the requests they have, to thank the Lord for something He has given them. It is always a blessing to hear what they say. I love hearing them thank the Lord for their parents and for the Bible and, of course, their teacher (I'm a little bias!). It is a blessing to hear them pray for something that I didn't remind them to pray for. For instance, months ago around Thanksgiving, I sprained both of my feet. My kids knew about it and prayed for me. Recently, one of them brought it up and prayed for it. It was a blessing! I also get a blessing when they remember to pray for our class to have a sweet spirit of unity without me reminding them. It is also neat to hear them pray for the unspoken requests that my teacher friend and I have when, again, I forget to ask them to pray for them. It really encourages my heart! God uses my little children to do that for me. What a blessing! There is this one little girl who is especially a blessing to me. Isn't funny that a first grader can be a blessing and even a rebuke to an adult? Well, she is! When she prays, she prays for the poor people. She prays for the people of Haiti. She prays for this world to be a better place. Of course, she hears these things from home, but it is a blessing to me and a rebuke. I know it is sincere and not just words. I know this post has been long, but it has been a lot of thoughts I've had lately on prayer. I am truly thankful that we, as Christians, can go before the Lord in prayer. We do not have to go to a priest on our behalf. We go before Him as "babes"-- as children knowing that He hears us. One of our first grade Bible verses are: "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles." Psalm 34: 15, 17. Those verses include first graders. What a blessing! I wanted to share some on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes." This has been a blessing to me. I hope and pray it perhaps may be a blessing to you.
One day last week one of my little girls raised her hand and told me that she was bleeding. Now, at this age (first grade), they tell me even if it is a drop of blood. So, I asked her if it was a lot, like if it was "gushing onto the floor." She said, "No, but I want to keep all of my blood until I'm a thousand." I then said, "Well, that's not going to happen for two reasons. One, you won't live to a thousand. Two, you will have to give blood sometime for some reason." Now, during this conversation with my little girl, she was smiling. So, I know she was somewhat playing. However, I thought it was so cute on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
The other day for recess, we were FINALLY able to go outside. We've been inside for a couple of weeks due to the cold weather. My kids were playing on the playground and having so much fun! A few of girls were chasing one of my boys. One of my girls came up to me and held my hand and said, "Laugh, Miss Pregony!" I thought that was cute! I was having a good time watching them. I love seeing my kids have fun and laugh. If you know me, I love to laugh, too. So, Miss Pregony does laugh.... a lot!! I wanted to share with you on what came "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
Usually when I post I tell stories that I have personally experienced. Well, this story is one that I was told about and saw evidence of. My friend, the second grade teacher at my school, told me this story. It happened in her class. She caught a boy passing a note. She took the note. The note said, "I love you, baby." This note was from an 8 year old boy to a girl in his class. How funny is that!! Got to love the "baby"? Well, I had to laugh and wanted to share what came from "Out of the Mouth of Babes."
Each day at school we have prayer time. I have three different kids pray each day. Well, today when one of my girls was praying she prayed, "Please make this world a better place." I thought that was so sweet, and I was touched. I wanted to share 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.