“Mrs. N., you see these two teeth right here?”
(Child points to her front teeth.)
“One day, I’m going to get bracelets on these teeth.”
Years ago, when I taught kindergarten, we took a trip to the zoo. We stopped on a bridge to look at the carp in the pond below and a little girl exclaimed, “Look! Swimming carrots!”â¨
“I know dinosaurs are alive. I saw Jurassic Park!”â¨
Student: “Why are you dressed like that?”
Me: “Like what?”
Student: “Pants! You must really be mad if you’re wearing pants!”â¨
On the first day of class, a student got ink on his fingers. So he made a thumbprint, put his name on it, and handed it to me, advising, “If there’s ever a crime committed in your room, you can rule me out.”â¨
“Ms. G., you’re a hero because you’re a teacher, and teachers help make us smart and help us stay out of puddles.” —Ashley G.
I was sitting at the lunch table telling my 6-year-olds what procedures I would need to take if a particular child had a seizure while he was eating. One child asked what a seizure was. Before I could answer, another child said, “A salad with croutons.”
Bridge of Sighs
As our bus went under a bridge during a field trip, one of my first graders sighed and said wistfully, “I hope I live under a bridge someday.” Seemed like the coolest idea to him, I guess!
“My brother had his independence removed.”
Bray for Me
During my first year teaching, in 1977, I was trying to get my second graders to learn a song I loved as a child called “Donkey Dear.” They simply couldn’t get it. When I told them it didn’t sound right, a boy blurted, “Well, we’re singing it just like you!”
Birth of a Nation
I was talking about the Constitution with my fourth graders. It came up that I wasn’t around when it was written. One of my students said, “That’s because you were only a baby!”â¨
One fifth grader said she wished ponies were real. I probed and found out she thought ponies were actually unicorns. —Claire M.
Illustration: Serge Bloch