Saturday, April 26, 2014

W is for Words From The Mouths Of Babes

One of the best things about teaching preschool, besides the hugs, the cute drawings, and the snacks, are the words that come out of their mouths. Sometimes sweet (who can resist an exuberant "I love you!" from a 4 year old, I ask you?), sometimes hilarious, always interesting. Following is a representative sampling:

Circle Time, reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and discussing the life cycle of the butterfly:

Me: The caterpillar hatches from an egg, then it eats leaves and grows and then makes a chrysalis. A butterfly emerges from the chrysalis and soon it lays eggs. And what comes out of the eggs the butterfly laid?

3 year old boy: A baby butterfly!
4 year old boy: A caterpillar!
4 year old girl: A chick!

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Circle Time, same class, different day:

Me: What month is it?

4 year old girl: June!
4 year old boy: May!
4 year old girl: Thursday!

(The correct answer was April.)

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At Music class, discussing the week's Bible verse and Bible word:

Music Teacher: Who knows what the Bible word this week is? Under--  Under--?

4 year old boy: Pressure?

(The correct answer here would be understanding.)

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Inside the classroom, just after a trip to the bathroom: 

3 year old girl: I went poop on the potty! High five!

Me: Wait. Did you wash your hands?

3 year old girl: Yes.

Me: Really well?

3 year old girl: Yes.

Me: High five!

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Same girl, same day:

3 year old girl: You have to eat salad, because it makes your poop better.

Me: Well, yes, it does.

3 year old girl: Why does it hurt when I poop?

Me: Because you don't eat your salad.

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At table time:

4 year old girl: You want to know what I want to be when I grow up?

Me: What do you want to be?

4 year old girl: Well, since you 're so good at teaching, I want to be a teacher!

Best. Job. Ever.


  1. Awwwwwwh TOO CUTE!

    I still think it's funny when they say something totally inappropriate. That's perhaps more with younger kids, in the 2-3 age range. I've had some CORKERS from that agegroup :D

  2. This is so cute :) had me smiling all through :)

  3. Touched on reading this. Such cute answers . Would love to be in such class for a day

    1. Well, come visit! I'll make sure to do a really messy art project while you're there (something involving paint), plus let you have bathroom duty! You'll get to hear a lot of stories!

  4. Aww this is awesome. I love the Under pressure one --- it was the perfect response while in music class!

    I love your response to the little girl who used the potty. I can see Jak doing that too.

    I wonder, just how many times you smile and laugh a day -- because these sorts of conversations, it must make for an awesome job. And you are so good at it, you have even inspired a little one to follow in your foot steps. We all remember what our little selves wanted to be when we grow up. I am sure she will remember her dream, and you, too.

  5. I remember reading mum's magazines and I used to go straight to the 'out of the mouths of babes' page... I've had the poop conversation with lots of kids and I think I wanted to be a teacher for the same reason the 4 year old girl in your post did :)
    Reflex Reactions

  6. Preschoolers are THE best.

    Just curious...have you been listening to Queen in your classroom, b/c "Under Pressure" is not a typical response for a 4yo. And now because it may already be in your head:

  7. GAH! What is the answer to the first question?! A chick?!

    Now, I'm not going to mince words here, lady. The last two posts were discussing Victoria's Secrets and panties, followed by "watersports", so I was expecting a different caliber of "babe", know what I mean...? I was like, oh snap, Dyanne is going b@!!$ deep and watching the sexy time channel and it's share time in class...

    Despite the blatantly intentional deception, this was a very cute post. I love all the random things kids say. They are so hilarious!

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink