Cute funny quotes abound in the first grade classroom, so I have to keep my pencil handy at all times, even on field trips!
Today, all of the first grade classes went on a field trip to Stennis Space Center. We rode the school bus the short distance ...
On the way there, we stopped at a railroad crossing for a couple of minutes. Obviously, there were good reasons for this! But immediately, some of the children grew restless.
"WHAT HAPPENED? Why we stopping?" Joe Joe yelled from the back of the bus. "Why ain't we GOING?"
Next thing I knew, he was running up the aisle to the front of the bus.
Before I could say or do anything, he stopped, looked left, right, and then yelled - to the top of his lungs - “It's all right, bus driver, HAUL A**!”
Later, after a special program at NASA, we had a class picnic on the government property ...
“What can I get for you, Martin?” My room mother asked as she popped the lid from a can of potted meat.
“I don’t believe you’ve had enough to eat. Would you like some of this?”
He jerked his paper plate away. “No!” he said, eyeing her suspiciously.
Then, as all good little Southern boys do, he remembered his manners. “Thank you, Ma'am,” he said, very politely, "but I don’t eat dog food!”
My students were using manipulatives to practice solving addition problems on a worksheet…
Suddenly, Ema snapped, “Teacher, Joe Joe’s ‘sturbing me! I can’t ADD cause he counts TOO LOUD!”
"WELL, I CAN'T COUNT SOFT!" he roared.
I motioned to him. “Come over here to finish… and let’s try to count quietly.”
His face fell. His shoulders drooped. And his head went down, down, down onto his desk.
“I can’t!" he admitted. "I tried and tried, and I can’t hear what I’m saying."
[Sometimes, learning all of the many social skills can be as hard for some of them as mastering the academic ones.]
Before school was dismissed, I took my kiddos outside to recess. It had been a long day, and they deserved it ...
The entire ten minutes Stevie galloped around the playground on his imaginary horse.
Afterwards, he stumbled into the classroom and fell into his desk, panting.
“Phooey, I’m tired,” he said. “I been ridin' my horse all day.” He wiped the sweat from his little brow. “But,” he quickly decided, "it's a lot better than WALKING!"
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Yep, no matter where we are - a field trip, a class picnic, at recess, or back in the classroom, my firsties always come up with these cute funny quotes. Precious!