He meant “dishwasher”. We clarified when he brought it up to my desk for me to check.
See, the thing is, teaching 3 grade is the best. The kids are independent, they get your jokes (well most of them unless you try to tell something that doesn’t involve the words “knock knock”), yet they still want hugs and draw you pictures of flowers and a sun wearing sunglasses and tell you that you are the prettiest person in the world. (It would be wrong to argue with them).
So every so often we skip learning cursive (because daily cursive practice makes me curse) and we put building the Eifffel Tower out of marshmallows on hold and we put a bookmark in our novel study and we write. We write about dragons and aliens and unicorns and pirates holding us hostage. We write animal book reports, Geronimo Stilton book reviews and the science behind rainbows. We write to-do lists for Santa, disgusting restaurant menus, reports about how bees make honey and we write biographies about people we admire. We write.
And on Friday, we wrote about love.
Specifically, what how we know when someone loves us, or how we know when we see something that equals love. After a lively debate and one quick change of topic when a child brought up once seeing his parents “naked wrestle”, I put up a few prompts on the board and gave the kids free rein. The prompts:
” Love means…..”
” If you love someone you should…”
” The best part of loving someone is…”
Annnnd the results:
(*please note, I’ve changed all the names to protect the geniuses. Also, I left in all their spelling/grammatical errors. I think it adds to the cute…. and are the scary reminder that we need to spend more time on spelling.)
- ” The best part of loving someone is when you do something nice for them because you love them and they are like oh em gee and get really eksited.”- Mallory, age 8
- “If you love someone you should all ways be a spechial, increbible, glitere friend”. – Brandon, age 8 (we are working on describing words at school).
- “Love means holding there hand if they are sad.”- Luke, age 7
-”The best part of loving someone is that when you do something wrong or make a bad choise they will usualee still be friends with you if you say I’M SORRRY!!!!!!!”- Parker, age 8
- “If you love someone you always hafta think about sharing. Maybe it’s your DSi that you dont’ want to share because you hate sharing specialy with people who are bossing too much but if you love someone you share sometimes anyway.”- Colby, age 7
” Love means that when you get in to a fight you think about how they feel even if you do not rilly care that much because you already know you are rite.”- Tristan, age 8
- “If you love someone you tell them that you saw them being nise in the bootroom because you know it will fill there bucket right up to the top and may be make it overflow.”- Emily, age 8 ( We use this book a lot in class, hence the bucket talk)
- “Love means letting someone else be goalie.”- Lane, age 8
- “If you love someone it’s like you will do what you can to make them happy!!! So maybe that means at lunch you share chiken nugets with them or you ask them to ask their mom if they can come for double sleepover and you guys can build forts or do something more difrent if you guys are girls or something. Like you guys could play a girl game and have fun!”- Eric, age 7
- ” Love means you let the other person hold the book when it is partner reading time. EVEN when it’s your book from home and not from the class library.”- Elizabeth, age 8
- “the best part about loving someone is that then you can do stuff together with out being nervus when you ask them if they wanna do it”- Steven, age 8
- “If you love someone you be there friend. Just be there friend! THE END!!!!”- Jesse, age 8 (At least he’s concise?)
- “The best part of loving someone is that it means at recess time you are never looking for someone to be playing with because you have you’re friend right there and they will play any game you want if you ask polietley and have the idea for the game.”- Drew, age 8
“Okay. So when you love someone it means that you just wanna help them be rilly good at all the stuff they do. So when they are learning how to rid a 2 wheeler for exkample you will be there helping. Or at school before a big test you will say it is okay buddy it is just a test.”- Andy, age 8
- “Love means that when 1 of you wanna watch 1 show and the other person wanna watches some other show that you watch the show that they want to watch even if it is the most horrible, allfill show on the hole tv.”- Laura, age 8
- “If you love someone you lisen to them talk about when there dog ran away even when they all ready told you three times.”- Jacob, age 8
- “the best part of loving someone is that chanses are that if you love them and be nise they will be doing the same and then you will be a bff.”- Ainsley, age 8
And my favourite…
- “the best thing about loving some one like your friend is that when you come to school and ur mom has been getting mad at you and Curly is missing you can just tell your bff and they will say that it is okay and that ur mom is a little bit crazee and that curly will come home bekcause he will miss you to much and it just makes things inside feel better .” (PS: CURLY CAME BACK! :D) – Cam, age 8
It goes without saying, but Curly is his dog.
So now it’s your turn. Using one of the prompts above, leave a comment in comments. And see if you can come up with something that compares to my third grade darlings. Good luck!
And Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!