Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Year, New Class, New Stories

So the first few days of the school year in Kindergarten are what I like to call the 2 Es. Exhausting and Entertaining. Here are a few highlights from the first couple of days with my new sources of material:

· My children lovingly refer to the classic character “Humpty Dumpty” as “Hunky Dunky.” I didn’t really catch it when we were reciting the nursery rhyme together, but became aware of this pronunciation problem when I asked what happened when Humpty Dumpty was sitting on the wall and got the response “Hunky Dunky had fell!”

· The first four or so days I wore my contacts (per usual) but on the fifth day I
switched it up and wore my glasses to school (not so much for fashion purposes but because I have been so EXHAUSTED that I haven’t been taking my contacts out before I go to bed. Sorry Dr. Brown). As with all kids who see an adult they are used to in glasses for the first time, they were a little taken aback and stared, but no one really said anything. UNTIL we were having our morning meeting. In the middle of the story, one of my girls raised her hand and said “I think you should take those glasses off now.” Great.

· In Kindergarten we learn to say the days of the week in order. We even have a little song that goes like this: “There’s Sunday and there’s Monday, there’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday, etc.” One of my little boys hasn’t quite gotten the memo that we are singing the days of the week and he sings the song like this: “There’s Monday and there’s elephant, there’s Tuesday and there’s monkey…” It’s all I can do to not laugh at this while I’m teaching.

· I really have a sweet class this year. When I went to pick them up in the gym one morning, they all applauded when they saw me coming. I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before, not with little people or adults.

If the first seven days are any indication of how the rest of the year will go, I’m sure the hilarity will keep on coming.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Class Photo

Here they are! The source of all my material.

Reading Buddies

**I just made the decision today to make my blog mostly about the crazy funny things that happen in my classroom at Center Point Elementary. The tale that I am about to tell has become a classic, especially with my family, so I figured I needed to make sure it was included. **

Back in the fall during Read Across America Week, we had a special day where the kids could bring a stuffed animal or "Reading Buddy" to school for the day. Now you would think that most 5/6 year olds would have some sort of very cute and cuddly animal or doll to bring to school, and for most of my class, that was the case. However, one of my precious little ones broke the mold just a little bit.

As I was walking into the gym that morning to pick them up, the teacher that was on bus duty caught my eye as soon as I walked in the room, and her look told me that something ridiculous was happening. I got over to her and she said "Look at what one of your kids is holding." And sure enough, there he is cradling..... A Chucky doll. That's right, Chucky of motion picture, mass murdering fame. I didn't even know what to say. All of the other kids in my class looked terrified, including my "difficult" child, who has said things a lot scarier than Chucky.

We get back to the room, and as the plan was to let them keep their buddies at their seat, I couldn't very well leave this child out, so Chucky came to Kindergarten. All day, all of the other children were eyeing this doll as if any moment he was going to come alive and torture them. And honestly, I don't blame them. And the funniest part was that the child that brought it treated the doll like any other child would treat a baby doll or stuffed animal, hugging it and playing with it.

I, of course, immediately instant messaged all of my co-workers to tell them what this child had brought to school, and they all wanted to see it for themselves, so I let him bring Chucky to lunch. We showed him to the other teachers and then just put him on the table. I noticed that one of my girls was not eating her lunch but just looking at the doll. I asked her if she was ok and she responded "Miss Teegarden, that doll is makin' me itch."

It was an eventful day.

Musical Frame of Reference

I have found that the music my children fall asleep the best to is Christian/Praise and Worship music, so that is what I play. And it works out for me because usually by nap time I need a little encouragement. We have been listening to the same playlist for a while, but just the other day, one of my boys (who usually falls fast asleep) was awake and decided to give his opinion on the music. The song that was playing was a Jill Phillips song (If you have never heard Jill, here is her website. Check her out, she is amazing. Also, it will help you understand the story more.) So the song is playing and here was our conversation:

Him: Ms. Teegarden, this is Hannah Montana?

Me (holding in the laughter): No sweetie, it's not.

Him: Are you sure? I heard this song in her movie.

Me: Yes I'm sure, it's not her.

Him: It sounds like her. She can sing this song in her next movie?

Me: She just might.

As you probably know, Hannah Montana doesn't really fit into the acoustical singer/songwriter genre that Jill Phillips is classified as, so I found this hilarious that his only frame of reference for a female singer was Hannah Montana. Especially since he is my boy that usually gets in the most trouble for "boy things." like fighting, saying inappropriate things, etc.

As a side note, we had a Dance Party as a part of our May Day Field Day last Friday, and this child sang AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS when Hannah Montana came on, and he knew every single word of the song.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What is there to do in Texas?

So, this afternoon one of the fifth graders I tutor asked me if I had any plans for Spring Break next week. I told him that I was going to Texas and he said "Ohhh.... Say Hi to the Texas Chainsaw for me." 

I think I am gathering enough material to start my own TV show. 

Monday, March 2, 2009

God's Hygeine

Friday, we had some pretty intense storms here in Birmingham. I have the "joy" of bus duty on Friday morning and afternoons, and the weather usually has a pretty big affect on how much "joyfulness" I usually have for this endeavor. In the afternoons, I have to stand outside and make sure kids don't run out to their cars and what not. We have a little flag, and every day I am out there, this precious l2nd grade girl always asks to come hold the flag. Of course I let her do it, because that means I don't have to do it. So we were chatting about the weather and she aksed a question that a lot of 6/7 year olds ask "Why is it raining?" My first response was very sound and educational. I told her that God just decided that the Earth was thirsty and everything needed a drink of water. She didn't really buy into that. So then I told her that God was taking a shower, and a long shower at that. She thought for a minute, and I didn't think she was going to buy this one either, and then she said "Well, why is he using cold water? He should take a hot shower!"