School’s Out! Let’s Celebrate

My kindergarteners are now all officially first graders, and they have the kindergarten diplomas to prove it.  Classrooms all over the place are packed up for the summer and are much quieter now than they ever were during the school year, that’s for sure.  And teachers like me are either dancing with joy in the streets or only just now waking up from three days straight of sleep.

It’s summer vacation!  To celebrate, I’m passing along a couple of YouTube videos that are worth a chuckle or two.  The first one has an obvious link to school; the second one doesn’t, but it’s cute, so I don’t care.  And neither has anything to do with my life as a writer–unless…

I’m a writer who also teaches → teachers work in schools → these videos make me giggle like a little schoolgirl.

There you have it!  Connection made.  This is even better than six degrees of Kevin Bacon.

(This is only the second time I’ve tried embedding videos in my posts, so here goes nothing…)

To Tickle Your Funny Bone

I realize these have nothing to do with writing, but I thought I’d share a few of the classic things my kindergarten students have done or said this year that made me smile or do a double take because, hey, everybody can use a laugh now and then, right?

1)  I was teaching my kindergarten class a new math game that involved frogs and lily pads, and the following conversation ensued:
Me: Did you find the number you were looking for on the lily pad?
Student: Ribbit.
Me: I’ll take that as a yes.
Student (genuinely surprised): How did you know what my ribbit meant?
Me: I speak fluent frog.
Student (seriously): No, you don’t.

2)  Redheaded Student: There are two other redheads in my family. My sister and my cat. And my cat is my brother.

3)  The Kindergarten Version Of Abbott And Costello:
Me: [pointing to illustration of a boy in a book] Now this is Rex-
Student 1: Teacher, who is that?
Me: That’s Rex.
Student 2: Who is he?
Me: Rex. Now, [reading] “Rex can see the–”
Student 1: [pointing] Teacher, is his name “see”?
Me: No, this is Rex.
(Sometimes our progress through a book is slow…)

4) Little girl [claps with delight, eyes shining]:  My mommy’s going to buy me a pet goldfish, and I’m gonna feed it and feed it and feed it until it dies!

Me:  Um…

5)  Student:  Teacher, I have a dog, and guess what kind it is?  A canine.

6)  Me: Now you guys tell me what sound is the same in all three of these words: gate, pat, foo–
[student raises hand]
Me: Is it an emergency?
Student: Yes. My butt crack is showing.

7)  One little girl was busy writing a 3-sentence story and already had the first two sentences done, so I asked her to read what she had to me:

Student:  Once there was a little girl.  She went for a walk in the forest.

Me:  How’s the story going to end?

Student:  It’s a mystery…