Every year in the public schools, I would plan a big circus unit. We made torn paper clowns and at the end of the week would actually put on our own circus followed by a big circus parade. Older students would come out to cheer my little circus performers on as the elephants, tigers, lions, trapeze artists and ring master marched by. I would get a parent to videotape it each year. The children would delight in watching their performance and would want to watch it at least five times.

One year I had the sibling of one of my former students in my classroom. I asked the children if they would like to watch the video of the year C....'s sister had been in the circus. They all excitedly concurred that they did. The video had been running for about fifteen minutes when one little boy piped up in surprise "Gee, Mrs. B! You used to be a skinny clown!" I went home and drank Slimfast for dinner!


  1. Theresa Milstein // February 27, 2010 at 3:25 PM  

    Wow - leave it to kids! When I subbed gym a month ago (yes, it's always gym), a student asked if I was the absent teacher's mother. He doesn't look that much younger than me... does he?

  2. Kelly // February 27, 2010 at 3:44 PM  

    Haha! From the mouths of babes :o)

  3. Edie Parrott // February 27, 2010 at 4:25 PM  

    Funny! I love your blog!

  4. VKT // February 27, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

    Lol Theresa....you look so young and pretty

    My husband came into my class once and the kids asked if that was my Father.....lol

  5. VKT // February 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM  

    You are so right Kelly!

  6. VKT // February 27, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

    Thanks Edie! I haven't read your post yet. I am headed that way. Hope you are having a wonderful week-end!

  7. Choices // February 27, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

    Never know what chidren will say. You gotta love them.

  8. VKT // February 27, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

    We've got to give them that Choices. They innocently tell it like it is...sigh...lol

  9. B His Girl // February 27, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

    Motivation comes in many ways. lol b

  10. VKT // February 27, 2010 at 9:27 PM  

    That is so true B! Thanks for your comment!!


  11. Bernie // February 27, 2010 at 11:00 PM  

    Too funny, I really shouldn't tell you this but when I was a little girl I use to be so afraid of clowns.....now that I am older I still am......LOL....:-) Hugs

  12. Serene is my name, not my life! // February 27, 2010 at 11:11 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!! And I think you should just show off you blog award!

    LOL, that is TOO funny!

    I remember once, not long after I delivered baby #4, my 3-year old came over and started pinching my thigh. After a moment he burst out laughing and said, "Haha, you're so squishy!"

    I think I lived on lettuce leaves and water for a week!

  13. VKT // February 27, 2010 at 11:34 PM  

    Bernie dear,

    I can believe it. When the young siblings came in to watch the circus, several screamed when I approached. I guess I looked a little scary to them.

    I meant to tell you....your post is like sunshine...so positive...I look forward to your next post.

    Blessings sweet lady!

  14. VKT // February 27, 2010 at 11:36 PM  


    I am telling you...I don't know how...lol

    too funny about the lettuce leaves and water....hope you stop in again...Blessings!

  15. Blackberry Jam Cafe // February 28, 2010 at 9:08 AM  

    I'm so glad you stopped by - because now I've found your cute blog! This is really funny stuff! My daughter is an elementary school teacher and I am constantly reminded schools have certainly changed since we were there! I'm going to follow you so I don't miss anything-

  16. VKT // February 28, 2010 at 9:13 AM  

    Thanks Susan!

  17. ALWAYS THE ABRAMYANS // February 28, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I have been wanting to look into elementary education for a while. I even took some classes and did one semester as an inclass observer. It was wonderful and challenging and heartbreaking all at the same time. It became evident immediately which children had parents who were involved with their childs education and which children just didn't care at all. So sad! But I wanted to share with you something that happened a few weeks ago when I was cleaning out my closet. My husband and I have two daughers. One is 13 the other is 9. We found some old picture books and began looking through them. I guess I hadn't remembered that the youngest hadn't seen her father with hair and when she saw picture of him holding the oldest as a baby, our youngest yelled "And, look Daddy had hair!"

  18. Anonymous // February 28, 2010 at 10:33 AM  

    Kids can be brutally honest, huh?

    Thanks for linking up with Friday Follow! I am now your blog follower. It is a pleasure to meet ya and have a great week!

    ~ Lynn

    p.s. I fixed your URL at the linky so it's working now: http://veterankindergartenteacher.blogspot.com/.

  19. VKT // February 28, 2010 at 2:48 PM  

    That is too funny Abramyans!

    Thanks so much for sharing. If you ever decide to go into elementary ed, don't hesitate to ask for help! I would be happy to help you in any way I can.

  20. VKT // February 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM  

    Thanks so much Midday. I don't really know how that Friday Follow thing works exactly! I appreciate you fixing the address for me!


  21. Cynthia at A Shimmy In My Spirit // February 28, 2010 at 3:15 PM  

    Kids as motivators...It sounds like those kids had a great teacher.

    I am looking forward to you dancing around the kitchen with us. We are going to ...

    put a shimmy in our spirit
    a strut in our walk
    and rhythm back into our souls

  22. My Lipstick Life // February 28, 2010 at 5:40 PM  

    Oh, if I had a dime for every time the kiddos let me know I have a big bottom!

    Thanks for visiting Desperately Seeking Size-Ten. You should also check out My Lipstick Life where I talk a lot about teaching :)


  23. Anonymous // March 1, 2010 at 1:22 AM  

    your post touch me, you still have all the things your students gave you after so many years! wow! that must be fun to look at everytime and maybe can make you teary eyed as well because of the memories along with it...

  24. VKT // March 1, 2010 at 8:40 AM  

    Wooooooohoooooooooo Cynthia!

  25. VKT // March 1, 2010 at 8:41 AM  

    Thanks Lipstick! I will do that.

  26. VKT // March 1, 2010 at 8:42 AM  

    Thank you Mie. These little kiddos and the memories of them are priceless!