Five year old children are such a delight to watch as they learn and expand on their knowledge of the world. I remember one year when a child kept circling my desk as I sat working. When it got to the point where he started looking under my desk, I finally asked "Did you lose something sweetie?" He looked up at me with a puzzled expression and asked "Where do you sleep?"

I have gotten that question in other years as well.  Open House is always an eventful night since it is often the first time a classroom teacher meets the parents of his or her students. Since I live about thirty minutes away from my school, I knew I would not be able to make it home and get back in time so I brought my dress to change into after school. I threw it over my chair when I entered my classroom that morning and immediately began attending to early morning tasks. Once the students arrived, a precious little boy with a head full of blond curls walked over to me. He kept looking at my desk and  finally asked "Do you sleep here?" with a puzzled look. He was staring at the dress as he asked. I assured him I did not.

It is also fun to run into students outside of the classroom setting. Once I ran into a child at the grocery store who looked at me in shock and asked "What are YOU doing here?" I guess he thought I stayed in my classroom 24/7!

Today we had a potential kindergartner visit briefly. The child's parent said that they could not stay  because of another appointment but would be back soon for another visit. The child knows a little boy in my classroom. My little student ran over to give his friend a hug and then introduced me by saying "This is Ms. B.... my teacher.  When he learned they weren't staying, he said "You can come back tomorrow if you want to." The child's mother laughed and said I wouldn't be there tomorrow to which he replied "Yes she will. She lives here."

42 comments

  1. Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts // March 26, 2010 at 11:24 PM  

    I am following you back! Thanks for the follow!

  2. Debbie(single;complicated) // March 26, 2010 at 11:35 PM  

    so cute!! My preschoolers think I live in my class room too!! IT completely messes them up if I see them out of school!!!LOL!!

  3. Debbie // March 26, 2010 at 11:51 PM  

    That is so cute! It reminds me of when Bill Cosby use to interview the kids...they would say the cutest things to him....don't you wish you could jot down everyone? Well you sort of are now lol!~ And you probably do feel like you live there sometime! Have a great weekend!

  4. mommyof4 // March 27, 2010 at 12:25 AM  

    Thanks for stopping by. I am looking forward to reading more posts!

  5. Ms. Anthropy // March 27, 2010 at 12:38 AM  

    Didn't have kindergarten, in my day, but my first teachers are the ones I remember most fondly. Even remember thinking how darn old they were. Funny how that changes, as we get older.

  6. Snow White's Blog Shop! // March 27, 2010 at 12:58 AM  

    Hi there, following you back from Friday Follow! Have a great weekend!

    Cathy ♥ Snow White's Blog Shop!

  7. Buffi Neal // March 27, 2010 at 2:07 AM  

    Happy Follow Friday
    Following you back

    Out of the mouth of babes! Too cute - thanks for the story.

    -Buffi
    My Wonderfully Dysfunctional BLOG

  8. Lauri // March 27, 2010 at 5:31 AM  

    I love this!! It reminds me of a friend of mine whose daughter, when she was little, saw a police officer in a restaurant and told her mom, "I thought they only ate donuts!!"

  9. SweepTight // March 27, 2010 at 6:27 AM  

    Following you back from FF. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Look forward to your posts! Have a great weekend.
    ~ Jennie

  10. Susie // March 27, 2010 at 7:46 AM  

    That is so funny! Wait until they learn you have a first name:-)

    Happy Friday Follow back at you:-)

  11. Choices // March 27, 2010 at 8:14 AM  

    My son who is 19 years old and to this day when you ask "Who was your favorite elementary school teacher?" With out hesitation he always says, Miss.......who was his kindergarten teacher. I think she might have felt the same way because that year, she got married and she invited 6 of her students and Michael was one of them. It certainly was a very special event for him. A few months ago, he asked me if I still had the picture of the two of them dancing. Of course, I did! He always told me her liked her because she was so sweet, caring, and lots of fun. Now that is a kindergarten teacher just like you!

  12. Turning the Clock Back // March 27, 2010 at 8:30 AM  

    Thanks for the follow! I taught preschool for 4 years and I still kindof miss it. It was so rewarding to see the progress they made from September to May!

  13. Krissy // March 27, 2010 at 8:46 AM  

    hi thanks for stopping by, my daughter will be in kindergarten in another year, so I'll enjoy your blog :)

  14. Jen // March 27, 2010 at 8:49 AM  

    Thanks for the follow and back atcha!

  15. Heather // March 27, 2010 at 9:03 AM  

    HaHa!! The same thing happens to my stepmom! If we're out and about and she runs into one of the kids from her class she gets the whole "Mrs. Baker?!? What you are doing here?!" and she always says to me "you have to remember, I'm not allowed out of my classroom!" LOL

  16. Dimes2Vines // March 27, 2010 at 9:40 AM  

    Thanks for following me and following back! Have a great weekend!

  17. Julie // March 27, 2010 at 10:16 AM  

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Following back from FF!!

  18. Christine // March 27, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

    My sister and I saw our old chemistry teacher at the zoo this past summer and *gasp* he was wearing JEANS! We were instantly transported back to that kindergarten mindset. What is HE doing HERE?? LOL! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Maggie May // March 27, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

    I think five year olds do think that we live in the school and that we are all one happy(and unlikely) family.
    It is my favourite age group
    Word Ver. TRIAL...... surely not!.

    Nuts in May

  20. Helena // March 27, 2010 at 1:57 PM  

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I am looking forward to reading more about your adventures!

  21. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:21 PM  

    Thanks a bunch Melissa!

  22. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:21 PM  

    It really does, doesn't it Debbie! I hope you have a wonderful week-end by blogging friend!

  23. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:25 PM  

    Thanks Mommy of 4!

  24. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:25 PM  

    I appreciate it Snow White....have a great week-end!

  25. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:27 PM  

    Thanks so much Buffi!

  26. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:28 PM  

    Lauri,

    That is so funny! I love it.

  27. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:28 PM  

    Thanks sweep tight,

    Have a great week-end!

  28. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:29 PM  

    Susie,

    They already have! lol

  29. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM  

    Anne,

    You are such a sweetheart. I can only hope that I leave an impression like that on my students as well. What a wonderful story for you to share. Thanks so much!

  30. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

    Turning Back The Clock,

    It really is exciting to see the progress that they make isn't it! I can imagine that you miss it.

  31. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

    Thanks Krissy!

  32. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:33 PM  

    Thanks and have a great week-end Jen!

  33. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:34 PM  

    It is funny isn't it Heather. The children are so surprised!

  34. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:34 PM  

    Thanks Julie!

  35. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:34 PM  

    Thanks Dimes2vines! I love your blog!

  36. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

    That is so funny Christine! Thanks for sharing!

  37. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

    I agree Maggie May!

  38. VKT // March 27, 2010 at 2:38 PM  

    Thanks a lot Helena! Have a great week-end!

  39. Theresa Milstein // March 27, 2010 at 10:00 PM  

    Kids that age are too cute! Why would you have any other reason to exist other than to teach them? Of course you live there!

    My son believed his teacher lived in his classroom too. I'd tell him otherwise, but I could tell he didn't think I knew what I was talking about.

  40. VKT // March 28, 2010 at 12:17 AM  

    Lol Theresa! I have no doubt he wouldn't!

  41. Sarah Lindahl // March 28, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

    One of the things I remember vividly from when I was little was thinking that certain people were always doing their jobs, all the time. I thought basketball players were always dribbling a ball, everywhere they went, I thought ballet dancers couldn't get off their toes, businessmen always wore suits, even to bed, and of course, all teachers lived at school. Strange.

  42. Angie S // March 28, 2010 at 5:36 PM  

    HA! I used to think the same thing about my teachers. It's great how little minds work.

    I laughed out loud at your 'coke habit' comment...too funny!!