Today in my guided reading group we were talking about the letter F. We were brainstorming all the words that begin with the F sound.
I turned to Kayla and asked, “What begins with the fff sound,” using the sound instead of the letter name.
“FIRE!” she shouted at me, even though I was ten inches away. I wrote it on the little white board I was holding up and then turned to Steven and asked HIM the same question.
He shouted with even more enthusiasm, “FISH!” I wrote that word and turned to Bella with the same question.
“FEET!” she responded happily. I wrote the word and turned to Stanley repeating the SAME question.
He thought for a moment. Then said matter-of-factly, “Did you know that boys pee standing up because then have a PENIS, and girls pee sitting down because they have a vagina?”
I looked at him for a moment. “Well,” I said, “I’m pretty sure none of those words begin with an “f”, so you’re gonna have to try again.”
He thought for a moment. Then he smiled and shouted, “Forrester!”
I’m thinking of teaching the course, “Mastering the Art of the Straight Face.” Only really, it takes years to master that particular skill.