Red rover, red rover, send the ESL teacher right over.

We have two groups of children who leave the room each day for a some “extra” learning help. I have three students who attend ESL classes each day, and 3 that attend the ABC club, and then several that leave occasionally for speech.

I explained to the class why the children were leaving, and began by discussing the ESL class. “They are going to English as a Second Language class. They are just learning how to speak English.”

This discussion occurred several weeks ago, and we have settled into a nice routine.

Yesterday, while working in our Kid Writing journals, Francis shot up out of her seat and shouted, “Mrs. Smythe!!! Zak can speak ENGLISH! He can say my NAME!! Zak- what’s my name?”

Francis!” he shouted with a smile, clear as a bell.

Francis said enthusiastically, “Mrs. Smythe, he’s learned a second language! Sure, he can say my name and nothing else, but he can speak ENGLISH now!”

“Francis,” I explained carefully, “Zak has ALWAYS spoken English. He can speak ONLY English. He just has a little speech problem.”

(Reality TV? Just put a video camera in MY room, I've got your emmy right here.)


Lynn MacDonald said...

yesterday when i saw that blurb on the twitter stream i knew it was going to be a funny one...

thanks for not letting me down....

kids...so damn funny and they don't even know it.

Brian Miller said...

ha. nice VM...have a wonderful weekend!

Alexandra said...

Love these posts.

Children are wonderful.

You have a blessed vocation.

Anonymous said...

Kids and the things they say kill me.

Sue said...

Out of the mouths of babe's! Love it.

Take care, Sue

Mandy_Fish said...


I think my one-year-old needs to go to the ESL class.

Trooper Thorn said...

If Zak says "Francis" with an accent, perhaps he can speak French too.

Shannon Bradley-Colleary said...

I allow my children to curse only in French as they don't understand it. There's a lot of Merde-ing in our house. I am wondering -- is vodka allowed on-campus if carried in a thermos?

S said...

heheheh. i can totally see it.

The Host said...

I love the sheer innocence of their matter-of-factness.

When my 2 year old asked for yet another helping of dinner, I asked her where she put it all. "In my mouth," she replied, with a look on her face that suggested it was the stupidest question ever asked.

shrink on the couch said...

I've always wondered how Kg teachers do it, so many young kids running under foot (and under desks, and bathroom stalls...). Thanks to your hilarious anecdotes I understand.

MaryBeth said...

OK, did he say Francis, or Fwancis?
Love it and you!

Japolina said...

I just wanted to pop in to say that I really like your blog! I wish my name was "vodka mom"!

Rima said...

Haaa! I think that's the funniest thing I've read all day.

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