Think about the compound words before trying them out. (THINK)

Things I learned in school today.

1.  George’s mom is a “Speech Fa-shee-aw-gist.”   And while she might be a kick-@$$ speech pathologist, she obviously doesn’t practice at home. (Thank God.)

2.  Alenka ran up to the kindergarten teachers today and shouted at the top of her lungs, “Jack say a BAD WORD! He say FAWK!”  And now that I know that she knows the bad words, I’d say she could exit the program.  (I will obviously have to help her with her vowels, of course.)  

3.  Jack knows FAR more words than I imagined, and has apparently been practicing them every day at recess.  He’ll be walking the track at recess until he’s old enough to drive.  (Not drive me crazy, just drive.)

4. If, during reading centers, you ask a child to say buttonhole, prepare yourself.  (“I said BUTTON-hole. BUTTON, BUTTON, BUTTON!”)  Oh Lord we laughed for an eternity.  And when I turned to Jack and he said, “crack” I FELL OFF my chair.  And yes, I will never use that particular compound word lesson again.  EVER.

5.  If you hear a child singing a song he wrote called, “I have gas, gas, gas!” be sure to avoid said child for the remainder of the day. 

And while this particular saying may or may not have any bearing on anything in my life, I adored it so much I had to share it.  Come on.  It IS funny, isn't it??


Anonymous said...

Yo, VM, I'm out here.

Good thing I'm not a kindergarten teacher. I'd need a couple boxes of Depends to get me through the week!

My 2nd graders are so much more 'grown up'. Ahem. Seriously, I wonder how they lose the spontaneity in only 1-2 years.......oh well, it saves me $$ on Depends.

Have a wonderful week!

Brian Miller said...


i almost fell off my bean bag....lol...this sounds like a pretty fun day to me...smiles...

Anonymous said...

Us poor folks have nothing to say 'cause we're trying to get up from rolling on the floor laughing....

Lisa G. in CT

Anonymous said...

I have four Jacks in my house! I love them dearly, almost as much as wine!

Gigi said...

*wiping coffee of keyboard* *note to self: SWALLOW the coffee before reading VM's posts*

Linda M. said...

First, I lOVE that quote! Now that my oldest son is home from college, it's SO appropriate!

When I was in second grade we bought magnetic letters & sounds, and boards to work on words. As I looked through them before I used them, I immediately pulled OUT the sounds -uck and -ell. I mean, who in their right mind would even RISK those??? Thank goodness I saw those before, because second graders would be sure to tell me exactly what words they know they shouldn't use that go with those endings...

Missed you at class yesterday (she was back, thank goodness). See you Wed...

Bragger said...

We seriously need to post that sign in our school, a non-traditional school for at-risk students. We have become the School of a Million Chances.

They need a million and one.

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like word acquisition is a little ahead of word pronunciation

Word recognition is (hopefully) way ahead of word definition, but good understanding of reaction,

Word usage is miles ahead of self restraint!

As I enjoy this saying, its possible companion could be:
Gotta know when to hold 'em,
Gotta know when to fold 'em.

faithful follower

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! I'm a friend of Eva's (we used to work together) and she got me hooked. You have such a wonderful way of presenting the funny, the heartbreaking, and the beautiful.

I thought I'd leave you a quote that I still can't say without hysterically laughing:

"Love is like a fart. If you have to work, it's probably sh-t."

Anonymous said...

I teach high school...it's so much less cute when my kids shout "fawk" at the top of their lungs...

Red79 said...

Love the whole post, but absolutly love the quote. Hit the nail on the head after the weekend I had. Thanks for sharing!

Lyn Goff said...

I like the quote but hope it isn't appropriate for my son who we sent back to college despite his dismal (while still incredibly expensive) performance first semester. I assume you posted it because there are no more fireworks. If that's true, I'm sorry because you deserve so much happiness. Keep looking for it.

Vodka Mom said...

Oh Anonymous- Eva's friend. I have been laughing ALL DAY about the quote.

Notes From ABroad said...

Oh how sad that I totally get that Quote .. and how I never learn is one of the lessons ...

love you. Button Hole Button Hole Button Hole....

LegalMist said...

I comment irregularly, lately... just so much going on... but I'm always here. Love your stories, always!

Haubert said...

Interesting articles.

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