I distinctly remember the year that the movie The Lion King came out. Students got Happy Meal mini stuffed animals, books, toys and any other likenesses to one of the characters in the movie that they could get their hands on. One child decided he didn't need any of those!
It was the first time ever for the children to be introduced to the Physical Education teacher as another school year began. I took my students to PE, introduced the children to their coach, and told them I would be back soon to get them. I started down the hall toward my classroom when I heard the coach bellow my name and ask for help.
I went back into the gym to hear her tell one child "What is your name?" He calmly replied "Cimba!" She said again "What is your name?" with a little less patience. He again replied Cimba but added a little roar. I could see her face turning red so I calmly walked over to him and said "Tell her your name". He replied "Cimba".
I said " Tell her your real name" and he did as the coach rolled her eyes in disgust. "He was just being a five year old and wasn't really trying to be defiant." I whispered to her.
I had to chuckle as I again walked back to my classroom. That is the only year I can recall that Cimba came to visit Kindergarten!