Kindergarten is filled with stories. Those funny stories often come well after the fact. After all, they are often true, funny stories. But not necessarily funny for the teachers, adults, and other "big people" that help Kindergartners learn about life.
Did you hear about the teacher who was helping Jason Robert, one of her kindergarten students put on his boots?
He asked for help and she could see why. With her pulling and him pushing, the boots still didn't want to go on. When the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat.
She almost whimpered when Jason Robert said, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet." She looked and sure enough, they were.
It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on.
She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet. He then announced, "These aren't my boots."
She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Jason, why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to.
Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off.
He then said, "They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear them today."
She didn't know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up the grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.
She said, "Now, where are your mittens Jason?"
Jason Robert said, "I stuffed them in the toes of my boots..."
Her trial starts next week . . .
First Day of Kindergarten
As it was my son Jason's first day of kindergarten, I wanted to be there for him. Fortunately I was able to work from home from time to time, and was able to wish him well and walk him to the bus for the first time.
Later in the day, I was on a business conference call when I heard the bus pull up near our house. I muted the call and met Jason as he came through the front door.
When I asked Jason about his first day at school, he said:
"Shh ... Not now. You need to go right back to work."
"I have a list of the things you need to buy me with the
money you're making."
Too Much TV for Children
Isn't it amazing what a child, a toddler, or a kindergartner or first grader will say? They learn from imitating and repeating from what hear from their parents, siblings, friends, and yes, television. TV is a wonderful teacher. Sometimes. Sometimes NOT !
Waiting tables at the local Dew Drop Inn Cafe, we have a regular breakfast crowd. And from time to time we see new faces.
This morning a little boy and his mother came in for breakfast.
"Can I get you some coffee ma'am?"
"Yes, please, with sweetener."
"And what would you like to eat this morning young man?"
"Tommy, please tell this nice lady what you want to eat for breakfast this morning?"
"Yes, mommy. I WISH TO DEVOUR THE UNBORN!" Tommy announced boisterously.
His mother was very taken back and embarrassed. "Tommy!"
Quietly and with hesitation she looked up at me.
"Eggs. He would like some eggs for breakfast."
Kids Raise the Bar
To teach my kids about respect, choosing what to say and when to say it, we talked about not saying "shut up" to others. They seemed to get it and I had not heard either of them to tell the other to "shut up" in over a week.
That's when I heard my 7 year old son Joshua and 9 year old daughter Tiffany in what could only be described as a "heated exchange".
Joshua pointed at Tiffany and said:
"Hold Thy Tongue Wench!"
And Tiffany pointed right back with:
"Silence peasant! It is forbidden to speak to your princess in this foul manner. You shall face the wrath of the Queen Mother for your blasphemy!"
(I better find out what they are reading and