Ms. Jennifer’s Preparatory Kindergarten Class recently shared a Funny Friday story on Shutterfly that we think all our parents might find amusing. Read on for the narrative from Ms. Jennifer to make you smile.
Firstly, prompted by a conversation that I had last night with a family, I just thought I’d let you know that I am super proud of the kids and the massive changes I see in them. I thought it may be nice for you guys to know that I too am just as surprised and excited by all the little things the kiddo’s are learning. Many people think that as the teacher, I expect and know these changes are coming, but on the contrary; I usually have so many things in my head from each subject area, lots of planning for the weeks ahead and work to mark that these awesome changes that the children learn seem to happen almost by magic to me too! There are so many ‘steps’ in the early stages of learning to write (or any other subject matter) that it’s easy to get caught up on these tiny little aspects and all of a sudden, one day I realize how far they have come with all the little things that they are now ready to start trying to write small words on their own, or they can count to 100! It’s one of the things I absolutely love about the early stages of learning and it is why I have always preferred teaching in these stages.
Now, on to the quotes. Our topic has now changed to People Who Help Us and we have, very briefly, been chatting about who that might be. Cue, playing doctors in dramatic play and free time! Yesterday, whilst I was helping the kids to stick up the tree and their family treehouse, I overheard some play. All good play starts off in school and so with a teacher and some students in one area of the classroom I could hear the children getting to work with their vowels! Then, some poor parent got a phone call.
Child A: “Hi, I think you’d better come pick up your child”
Child B: “Oh no! Why?
Child A: “Nothing too bad, just a diarrhea cough.”
Child B: “Honey, it’s just a diarrhea cough, don’t worry.”
Child A: Ok, I’ll come get her after lunch.
I had to suppress laughter for so many reason: their nonchalant attitude towards a ‘diarrhea cough’; the fact they all completely accepted that a ‘diarrhea cough’ was indeed something that may happen, and I also chuckled at the prospect of what a ‘diarrhea cough’ actually was to them and the fact that it was not even so alarming that they might skip out on lunch! It clearly was not what I was picturing in my head, because rest assured, if any of your children do present with what I believe a ‘diarrhea cough’ to be, you will probably hear my screams of sheer horror from your home or work place! No phone call required!
I managed to keep my smirk under wraps and they then moved onto the next medical procedure. They asked me what a toy instrument was for and I explained that it was to check your reflexes and then I demonstrated that if you tap your knee gently when your leg is at rest, it will activate your reflex. We all tried it and had some fun and then finally, after I got back to some assessments and let them play on their own, someone informed the class that I was just pretending and the instrument was actually used to suck out your belly button and they had seen the doctor do it before to their mommy. What awesome little imaginations. I love the pictures they conjure up in their heads and, in turn, in my head.
Let us hope, as we approach a lovely weekend, that you too get some amazing little pictures in your head of what it is like to be four again. I sure wish I was, although, if given the choice, I think I’d avoid the diarrhea cough years!