While at our sports carnival on Friday, parents and siblings were cheering on their children in the relay races. One sibling, cheered for their brother in a rather, interesting way…
“Go, Jack, shake ya tail feather!”
On a loud, hot, busy day in an open, large space outside, a roar of laughter erupted!
We have been doing lots of work this week, and some of it included learning about St Patrick. I stumbled across a Youtube video of a Leprechaun counting. In the video, he Leprechaun says he is ‘1001’ years old. A little girl I teach, who is very small with large, blue, marbled eyes asks with wonder,
“Miss Rainbow, do Leprechauns live forever?”
It was like she was asking if Santa is real (of course he is!). I said, ‘Yes sweetheart, they do live forever.’
We made pots of gold and rainbows (find them on my Pinterest board for Religious Celebrations). The same little girl told everyone to,
“Make sure you put plenty of glitter on the pots of gold to keep them living forever.”
With any luck, she’s kept the magic going.
While talking about the Creation Story and Adam and Eve, the girls in my class were extremely upset to find out that Adam was created first. The boys I taught, obviously felt quite proud and very happy with God’s choice to make ‘man’ first. The girls were done with religion and God. They didn’t want to hear it. One girl told me to close the bible because boys would probably always get everything first in the rest of the story (I had taught her something, looking for a pattern, inferential comprehension).
I was trying to meet one of my qualities that I listed in the ‘personal qualities’ section on my resume, and think quickly on my feet. Before I could say anything, a girl said ‘Yeah, well the boy might have come first, but the girl gets to carry the babies. We needed the man to come first so he could give us the sperms!’
Again, trying to think quickly on my feet, and come up with something to come out of my mouth, and the girl looked at me and said, ‘Wait, have I got that right?’ I just said, ‘Yes, sweetheart.’ Then it was on to maths, much less controversial.
Now I like to think every moment in the classroom is a ‘wow’ moment, but obviously my attire added a bit more ‘wow’ to the children’s day. I wore a particularly nice white dress to work today. I know it was a brave move considering I’m a teacher in a Year One classroom, but I had just shaved my legs and I had to make the most of my long (albeit white) smooth legs!
Once we sat down for our prayer, one girl said to me, ‘Miss Rainbow, you look very beautiful today.’ Another child put her hand up immediately and said,
‘Yeah, she is right. When I saw you walking down the stairs this morning, I stopped and thought, “WOW”!!!’