Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gem of the Day

A Third Grader comes up to me and we have the following conversation:

Third Grader: I'm sorry, I said a bad word.
Me: What was the word?
Third Grader: It was the "E" word.
Me: (after thinking a minute) Euphemism?
Third Grader: (whispering) Idiot

Sunday, August 23, 2009

You're Coming With Me, Buddy

This is Charlie's new BFF. Perhaps you have heard of him?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I Think Even Patriotism Should Have Limits

So, after the morning announcements at school, I was walking down the hall. The person doing the announcements asked everyone to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Through the closed doors of the classrooms, I hear the muffled sounds of children doing the Pledge.

Then, all of a sudden I hear the Pledge in all of it's glory. It is majestic. It is echoing. It is coming from the boy's bathroom. And I hear one boy say to the other: "Stand! We are doing the Pledge of Allegiance!"

I have never met the Founding Fathers. But, I am guessing that even they would understand that there are just some instances where it is simply better not to stand.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Description of Suspect:

Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 2' 0"
Weight: About the same as a bag of cat litter
Last seen wearing red and blue sleeveless shirt decorated
with stars. Do not be fooled. This suspect is not, in any way, a member of law enforcement. Suspect is wearing a size 4 diaper. Pampers model. Possibly full.

Known Aliases: Charlie, Charlie Barley, Baby Brother

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Gem of the Day

A kindergartner (with a bow in her hair, no less) to me: Did you get your hair cut?
Me: Yes, I did. And you are the first person who has noticed!
Her (in a very serious, grown-up voice) Well, it looks beautiful on you!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dinner and a Bath

The Picture You See Above

First, let me apologize for it being so big. I messed around with the setting for an hour, but could not get it smaller. So, sorry.

But, I love the picture. It is one of my favorites. And I love it because it shows the similarities between the two boys perfectly. And they are both totally oblivious to just how much alike they are. It makes me smile every day.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Little Charlie That Could

Charlie has spent a lot of time the past couple of weeks trying to master the kitchen chairs.

He tried. . .
And tried. . .

And finally, (with the promise of chicken nuggets), he got up on a chair and sat at the table.

It makes no difference to him that he can barely see over the table. He is just glad to be there.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Gem of the Day

Me: (to a class of kindergartners) Please stop sniffing the glue!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Gem of the Day

It is day three of teaching and I have already come home with some great quotes from the kids. So I will start sharing them with you.


Today when asked to draw a scene from The Little Red Ridding Hood story, I had one little boy come up to me and say: "I'm sorry. I can't do that. I only draw castles."

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

First Day of School

Here is a picture of everyone's first day of school.

AJ is now in the 4th grade. He is in an unusual class that is actually a 4th/5th combo. AJ loves being with the older kids and all the privileges that come with it. Although it did take us a few days to convince him he was not actually in 5th grade.

Charlie started his new daycare as well. He was there on the first day it opened and had a blast. How bad can it be when you have a Scooby Doo lunch box shaped like the Mystery Van? I shed some tears when I had to tell his old daycare we were moving on. But, he is getting excellent care at his new school. And it has the added benefit of being in the neighborhood. I am looking forward to maybe even walking everyone to school, (when it's not 112 out, that is).

It was also my first day teaching art. My first day went well. Even though I did the teaching, I learned a ton. I learned that fifth graders love to express themselves and kindergartners have the attention span of gnats. It was a challenge to switch gears from class to class. But, it is getting better. I am getting more organized and realizing what specific things will make my job easier.

I got home to find these flowers and note from Shawn. I think he was more excited for me then I was. It was pretty cute. However, I am getting pretty sick of a certain Van Halen song.