Friday, January 29, 2010

I Blame Disney

I swear I had nothing to do with this.... The art teacher called me yesterday.
She told me the kids have been working on these under the sea pictures.

They've been working on them for quite some time.

Apparently, one of the pictures escaped the art teacher's notice.

Until it was too late.
Word to the wise--be careful about watching that Little Mermaid.....
P.S. No, it's not the same kid who did the skeleton. =)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Fun Facts, Or Why I Don't Like Marvel Comics....

It's been awhile since I've told you interesting facts that you might not know about Kindergarten children. Here are some that I have collected over the years...

If a kindergartner gets an apple for lunch, he/she will stab it with a fork and try to eat it like a lollipop.

They are always shocked to discover everyone in the class is five or six...In fact, I've had several say to me, "Hey! Guess what? I'm five and he's five, too!"

In kindergarten, the "S" word is stupid or shut up. They are quite scandalized when someone uses these words.

If someone is caught using the "S" word, he/she will often say, "I was just sayin' it to myself."

Very often, kindergarten children will rattle off a bunch of nonsense words and tell you they are "speaking Spanish." Many times they will do this to actual Spanish speakers who, oddly enough, seem unphased by this.

At nap time, if one of them starts coughing, they will ALL start fake coughing. Seriously, it's like working in a tuberculosis ward.

When they first begin to write their names, they will often write them on furniture. When caught, they will deny it, because they haven't figured out that they're the only ones who would write their own names.

Guest speakers who haven't spent a lot of time with five-year-olds will usually ask the kids, "Are there any questions?" Which ALWAYS elicits the response, "One time, I was at Chuck E. Cheese...." Suckeerrrs....

Every time an X-men movie comes out, I have to say, "Take your crayons out from between your fingers. You are not Wolverine."

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Psych 101 Rears Its Ugly Head...

So, I realized it's been awhile since I updated my blog, AND, since nothing earth-shattering has happened at school lately, I decided to dig around in the archives of my mind (scary place) and tell you a story from the beginning of this year...SOOO, travel back in time with me, if you will....

See this kid?
He is hilarious. In fact, he has said things several times this year that have caused me to have to leave the room because I was losing it. He's one of those funny, well-loved, confident kids that just makes me laugh.

Anyway, at the beginning of September, my kids were writing their first journal entry. I was still getting to know them, so I had them draw a picture of me and write a sentence about it. I do this so I can check out their writing and drawing. And I know a LOT about kindergarten writing and drawing. In fact, I even know a thing or two about art therapy...which means in college, I hung around with a lot of art therapy majors and they told me some stuff. One (of the two) things I learned was that kids with chaotic lives will often draw a circle around their drawings, showing a need to protect.

So, back to the journals....I was walking around the room, checking every one's progress, and I had to keep going by this kid's table to tell him to quit talking and get to work. He kept right on yapping. Finally, I told him he could either quit talking or he could go sit at a table by himself. He decided to get quiet. The next time I walked by his table, I noticed he'd drawn a large circle around his picture of me. Of course, with all my art therapy expertise, I was intrigued. Upon closer examination, I saw that he had drawn four lines coming out of the large circle and another teeny, tiny circle on top of the big one. Well, folks, we were in uncharted territory. So I had to ask, "What's that?" He fixes me with this stare (commonly known as the stink eye) and says, "That's you. The monster ate you."

Hmmm...maybe instead of learning about a need to protect, I should have learned something about passive aggressiveness and latent hostility in kindergarten drawings....