Today I am going to blog about a teaching idea that I have found to be so popular that other teachers might want to implement it as well. Since it is Friday, and we could all use a good laugh, I am also going to blog about a five year old's fascination with hair.

Every year in my current school we have Special Friends and Grandparent's Day in the lower school. Prior to that, I would hold my own Grandparents Day in the public schools. First, we would let each child finish a sentence "I love my grandparents because...".  You can alter the phrase depending on the child's home situation. For example, if there was no grandparent, we would let the child write about a special friend. If the child was unable to write it, we would write what they dictated. We used blank paper that was 12 x 18. The child would draw a picture on the top portion and write on the lower section.

We also let the child decorate a big yellow ribbon (writing would not show up as well on blue) that said "Grandparents Day" or "Special Friends Day" with glitter and then cut it out. We invited the Grandparents to join us on this special day.When his or her guest entered the classroom, we would pin it on for them.

 I would get a karaoke machine or portable speaker system and let each child introduce his or her special friend or grandparent at the front of the room.  Either I or the child would read the page they had created , show the audience the picture, and then the child would present it to the guest. At that point, if a grandparent wanted to share something special about themselves, we would encourage them to do so. For example, I remember once that a grandmother brought in a doll that she had been given by her mother that was over one hundred years old. The audience would clap after each introduction and each child would just beam! If a child was unable to have a guest, I would ask someone like the music teacher to come in to be with them. In all of the years that I held this, there were very few occasions where a child did not have someone come in. The children AND the special friends loved it. After the introductions, we would have a simple reception and let the guest look at artwork displayed around the room.

Now, to start the week-end off with some humor, let's talk about kindergarten students and their fascination with hair. For some reason, if you put a pair of scissors in a kindergarten child's hands, chances are one will eventually want to try them out on hair. Bangs are a popular location to see if the scissors really work. No matter how many times we start out the year telling children that we do not use scissors to cut hair, once in awhile it happens.

We were in the midst of center one day this year when a large screech emanated from my assistant. I rushed over to find her standing over one adorable little boy. In front of him was a good sized chunk of bangs. Kindergarten scissors are not known to be very sharp, so how this child managed to cut his hair with them, I will never know. He looked up and smiled. I had to call his poor mother to tell her the bad news. He has one of those dutch boy haircuts so it was obvious that a small rectangular piece of his bangs was missing. If you can picture the top of a  jack-o-lantern's mouth with a tooth missing, you can get an idea of what his bangs looked like for awhile.

Other years I have had children experiment on a classmate. One year a little girl screamed when she saw the boy next to her holding the end of her pigtail in his hand. He told me "My brain told me not to do it but my hand didn't listen." I can only imagine what his Mom had to say to "his hand" when he got home. Everybody knows that teachers have eyes in the back of their heads but no matter how hard I tried, a few times in all my years,somebody got scissor happy.

The moral of this little snippet is that no matter how many times you say it, or how hard you try to keep your eyes on everyone, eventually one year don't be surprised if a child in your classroom gets a little scissor happy!

28 comments

  1. Andrea // March 5, 2010 at 9:33 AM  

    Thank you!!
    Blessings, andrea

  2. Theresa Milstein // March 5, 2010 at 10:02 AM  

    I love the idea of having granparent/special friend day.

    "My brain told me not to do it but my hand didn't listen." If that's not the kindergarten mantra, I don't know what is. Thanks for the laugh.

  3. Ms Bibi // March 5, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

    What a great idea. My kids have Spirit Day once a month and it's either Crazy Hat day, PJ day, Dress Up day...they love it.

    Yeah, I know the scissors temptation very well. My son gave haircut to himself and his cousin who's in the same class with him.

  4. Bernie // March 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM  

    Love the grandparent special friend day.....and I really got a chuckle out of the scissor stories, gotta love those kids.
    Have a great weekend....:-) Hugs

  5. VKT // March 5, 2010 at 4:51 PM  

    Theresa,

    When you get your own classroom, you might want to try it one year. The parents, guests and kids love it!

  6. VKT // March 5, 2010 at 4:52 PM  

    lol Ms. Bibi,

    How did the haircut turn out?

  7. VKT // March 5, 2010 at 4:53 PM  

    Absolutely Bernie! Gotta love those kids!!!

  8. Rene W. // March 5, 2010 at 5:20 PM  

    I just love your stories! What a great idea to have a special day like that for the kids - I am sure they & their friends will remember that for years to come.

    And the whole "My brain told me not to do it" - LOL!!!

  9. VKT // March 5, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

    Rene,

    Leave it to an innocent five year old to come up with that! I just love teaching kindergarten!

  10. VKT // March 5, 2010 at 5:48 PM  

    Blessings to you as well Andrea!

  11. Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife // March 5, 2010 at 5:56 PM  

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and leaving a comment regarding teacher's assistant positions.

  12. VKT // March 5, 2010 at 6:03 PM  

    I was happy to do it Kathy! Hang in there!

  13. Karen Blados // March 5, 2010 at 7:09 PM  

    LOL! I'm not a teacher ... God Bless those of you who can wrangle 20+ munchkins without running screaming for the hills ... but I love your blog.

    Stories like this just make me smile. In the four years my kids have been in pre-school, kindergarten and first grade, they've taken their grandparents to every program requiring a guest. I've seen pictures and videos of Breakfast With A Buddy, the Teddy Bear Picnic and for two years straight, the play The Little Fir Trees. My mother-in-law is always upset on my behalf, but as my son has been quick to point out, they see and eat with their father and I every day. I don't mind in the least and am actually quite happy to know they have such good relationships with their grandparents.

    So far, we haven't had a scissors incident. There was a handheld bubble-blowing fan catastrophe, though. My son stuck his in my daughter's hair because he wanted to see what would happen. It wasn't pretty, especially after we got it cut out of her hair.

    Thanks for your wonderful stories and advice. I'm a daily visitor!

  14. VKT // March 5, 2010 at 7:32 PM  

    Thanks Karen! I enjoy my daily visits to yours as well!

  15. Adoption of Jane // March 5, 2010 at 7:49 PM  

    Awesome with the Grandparents Special Friends day!! My Toddler tries to swing by my hair... drives me insane!!

  16. VKT // March 5, 2010 at 7:53 PM  

    Too funny Jane!

  17. Tracy // March 5, 2010 at 11:45 PM  

    They really all end up cutting hair with scissors don't they? LOL!! Great Post!

  18. Brenda // March 5, 2010 at 11:48 PM  

    Such a delightful idea!!

    As the mother of 3 and grandmother to 8, I know exactly where you're coming from and where you've been. You have my utmost admiration.

  19. Freely Living Life // March 6, 2010 at 12:05 AM  

    Thank you for stopping by and visiting us today.

    You have a very unique writing style and we look forward to following your blog.

    Have a great weekend! <3

  20. Kelly L // March 6, 2010 at 12:31 AM  

    funny story - my oldest when she was in kindergarden - not only did she cut her bangs to the scalp - she cut a heart out of her new blouse... now that she's 13 - her fascination with scissors still continues - she is constantly altering t-shirts... dresses.. whatever she can get her hands on... within reason..lol.

    Love to you.
    Kelly

  21. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 12:42 AM  

    Thanks Tracy. Mine didn't. She decided to use Nair on the dog instead. Sheesh. The poor animal looked like he had mange for months.

  22. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 12:42 AM  

    Thanks Tracy. Mine didn't. She decided to use Nair on the dog instead. Sheesh. The poor animal looked like he had mange for months.

  23. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 12:43 AM  

    Thanks Freely....I guess...lol

  24. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 12:44 AM  

    Kelly,

    That is too funny. Thanks for sharing. I wish I had her close by. I could always use help cutting out things in the classroom...lol

  25. marci-me // March 6, 2010 at 9:21 AM  

    HAHA! "my brain told me not to but my hand didn't listen!"

    that is WAY too funny!

    Thanks VKT for that lovely image!!

    M.

  26. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

    Marci-me,

    Leave it to a five year old!

  27. Beth Chapman // March 6, 2010 at 2:57 PM  

    Oh I have another excuse in life - my brain said no, my hand said yes. Perfect!!!! I'm trying to type midst the tears of laughter and sweetness over Grandparents/Special Friends Day. Such a joy, thank you! On that, my brain and hands do agree!

  28. VKT // March 6, 2010 at 3:18 PM  

    Lol Beth, You always have such a way with words!