Cute quotes from your kiddos are treasures that should be recorded and shared for several important reasons, with the number one being so others can enjoy them, too!
I was passing out graded test papers to the red reading group ...
When I handed Joe Joe’s back to him, I said, “And what’s this?”
He KNOWS he shouldn’t draw and color on his reading tests, but he had.
Not blinking an eye, he answered nonchalantly, “Oh, that's Loegan.”
“So this is a drawing of Loegan? But tell me, WHY is it on your test?”
“That’s nuttin’," he said, still uninterested. "That’s just my crayons goofing off!”
I was listening to Ben read whenever Ema sprang from her desk and stomped her way across the classroom to see me. She was offended about something because it showed.
“This is REAL ‘portant,” she blurted, “or I wouldn’t ‘sturb you.”
Not making a sound, I mouthed the words, “What is it?”
“MARTIN!” she boomed. “He’s over there doing stuff!”
I mouthed my words again, “What is he doing?”
“He’s SQUEEZING STUFF,” she shouted, and then mouthed these words, ever so quietly, “And it starts with capital A, for AMY!”
The first graders had just completed reading the story, “The Ant and the Grasshopper.”
In the story the ant works hard all summer and saves enough food for the winter months. The grasshopper, however, never works. Instead, he plays all summer long.
When Winter comes the grasshopper has nothing to eat, so he goes to see the ant. The ant refuses to give him anything to eat.
As usual, at the end of the story, I checked for reading comprehension. And after asking the reading group several different types of questions, I asked them one last question – one that has no one correct answer ...
I wanted to see what my students thought, so I said, “What would YOU do if YOU were the ant and the grasshopper asked YOU for food?”
Loegan responded immediately. “I would share! You know why? ‘Cause I’m God’s kid, and all God’s kids know how to share!”
He paused to reflect. “And also, a grasshopper ... Well, ya know he can’t go ANYWHERE and get food stamps!”
During yellow reading group we read a current news story about a child who had polio. I wondered if my first graders knew what that was …
“Who has ever heard the word, POLIO, before?”
“Me!” Weesie said. “It’s somebody who’s cripple. And she gots to wear bracelets all up and down her legs.”
Loegan laughed smugly and shook his head in disbelief. Then, he went ahead and explained it to her ...
“No, no, you talkin’ ‘bout when you go to the dentist. THAT’s where you get bracelets all over your teeth!”
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Earlier today I was thinking about the famous line, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”
Then, after my students left, I looked it up. Alexander Pope wrote it in 1709 ...
It wasn't a cute quote, but it was a profound one. Surely this man must have known many first graders! lol
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