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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Kids Say the Darndest Things {President's Day Edition}

My kids make me laugh!  This week we are learning about President's Day.  Today we were specifically discussing Abraham Lincoln.  I began by reading a simple non-fiction book full of fun facts about Lincoln.  An entertaining discussion followed before brainstorming in our Circle Map and writing.

Here are some discussion highlights....
Student:  What's slavery?
Me:  A long time ago, some people made other people stay at their house and made them do work for them-- even if they didn't want to.
Student:  I'm like my mama's slave.
{Lol-- good connection!}

Student:  Why did someone shoot Abraham Lincoln?
Me:  Some people didn't like that President Lincoln worked to end slavery so they wanted to hurt him.  Remember what we learned about Martin Luther King Jr.?  Someone did the same thing to him.
Student:  Like what happened to Jesus?
{Again, good connection.}

In the middle of our Lincoln discussion, I called on a child and this is what she had to say:  "The Blockbuster store is closing."  {I'm not quite sure where that came from, but it made me smile!}

I absolutely love the things they come up with and trying to figure out their thought process!

--Mrs. Pollard


  1. These are the types of things you can use to write a book! Kids are so innocent sometimes :)

  2. This is why I love teaching the little ones. They make me smile.


  3. Love it. I was also doing an activity on Lincoln and had the same slave question. One little boy shouted out "black people are slaves", but then he followed up with the full story of the emancipation proclamation. I was thankful we moved on from that topic. I love what their little minds think.

  4. One of my little ELL cuties was trying to ask me a question about Abraham Lincoln- but it somehow got all jumbled up and he asked about Hamburger Lincoln instead. I had a hard time keeping a straight face.

  5. Haha kids are so funny! It's my favorite part of the job.

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  6. aw - I particularly like the connection to slavery! lol!!

    ♥ Jen
    The Teachers' Cauldron

  7. Kids are hilarious! I love hearing funny stories of what comes out of their mouth. I am your newest follower! Pop in and see me sometime - I am a new blogger. :o)
    ~ Vicky
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

  8. Kids do say the funniest things. Good one and great blog by the way. Found you via pinterest.

  9. Too funny! Great connections and sniff, sniff. I am sad about losing Blockbuster, too!

    (Yea, yea...that was her connection!)

    Following you. Great blog!


  10. Awww....your kids are too cute! Great connection to the vocabulary word slave! I'm your newest follower!

    The Daily Alphabet

  11. Someone pinned your blog on pinterest and I found you!! Your blog is so cute, and I love this post! Come over and visit me...

    Apples and ABC's

  12. LOL! Those are great! My son's have been known to say "Do I look like a slave to you?" My reply has always been and always will be "yes."

    Mrs Poland
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  13. They are too cute!

    We were reading a story about Lincoln's younger years. In the story, he held his brother with dirty feet and had him walk on the wall and ceiling. I asked my students why he would have done that (to play a joke on their mom). One sweet boy responded, "Maybe they were getting ready for leprechaun day!" I couldn't help but laugh. It was so cute and funny.