In my Monday post, I blogged about a snake in my terrarium. So, I thought that before I move off of the topic of snakes, I ought to share one more noteworthy story with you in honor of the letter N for Alphabet Thursday!
      





In one school I worked in, the staff had carved an elaborate nature trail out of the woods located directly beside it. The older students took great pains to maintain the trails that wove through thick woods. One October I got a new kindergarten student from New York. Evidently our school didn't appeal to her because once the Principal had introduced us; she took off out the door after her departing mother screaming at the top of her lungs. The Principal and secretary helped the Mother untangle herself from this child that had grabbed her by one of her legs and was holding on for dear life.

Once the Mother had left campus, I thought things would calm down and we could resume instruction. I was wrong. All of a sudden the child jumped up from her new seat screaming and charged for the door. I had my assistant call the office and I went running after her. The Principal joined me as we hot footed it after this little girl. For a five year old, she was quite a runner. I had no doubt that we had a future Olympian on our hands. After thirty minutes, the Principal and I were exhausted. More teachers joined the search but try as we might, we could not catch that child. My Principal threw up his hands in despair.

I had an idea. I screamed at the top of my lungs "Look Out! It's a snakeeeeeeeeeee!" That child came tearing out of those woods and ran straight into my arms. I wanted to tell the Principal to close his mouth as he stared in awe, but I knew that would sound disrespectful. Instead, I told him that chances are those woods were full of snakes. Did the child go back to the classroom and adjust nicely? No, but at least she never ran away again!


One of  the little boys in my class wrote a love note to a little girl in the class. When my assistant found it in his locker, she asked him if he planned to give the note to the girl. "NO" he replied. "No way." She told him that she could tell he had spent a lot of time on it and that he ought to go ahead and give it to the little girl. He was adamant that he did not want to give it to her. My assistant told his mother about it and she laughed and laughed. She told us that he said that he didn't want to give it to the little girl because another boy likes her too. "I have to get him out of the way first" he told his Mom. We are talking five years old here and this little boy is beyond adorable. Out of the mouths of babes.....!

I just got home from our annual Spring program. In the middle of the program, one little boy in another class stood up and said " Mrs. B, I really have to go to the bathroom! Like right now!!!! I held it for six songs and I can't hold it anymore!  That is the last of my noteworthy tales!

87 comments

  1. ~J // April 22, 2010 at 8:13 PM  

    The screaming snake idea is GENIUS!! I may have to resort to that one day with my little fella when he's on the go! LOL

  2. Theresa Milstein // April 22, 2010 at 8:30 PM  

    All three stories are great!

    I agree with ~J, the snake idea was genius. I wonder if the girl is still scared of snakes in the woods?

    I had a runner in the fifth-grade. He used to do it all of the time in kindergarten, but had gotten better about it with age. Once, as an ETS, I had to pick up my kids at the corner bust stop, so another teacher watched the class. Guess what he did? He ran. Thirty-minutes later, she showed in class like nothing happened.

  3. Julie Schuler // April 22, 2010 at 8:45 PM  

    What funny stories! My hats off to kindergarten and Pre-K teachers. Little kids are relentless.

  4. kim // April 22, 2010 at 8:47 PM  

    What a great story. That was some very smart thinking on your part!!

  5. VKT // April 22, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

    I was surprised it worked J...but ...whatever works!

  6. Red Couch Recipes // April 22, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

    I agree with the other person who said "hats off to you" for being a kindergarten teacher! When my kids were in kindergarten, I volunteered in their classrooms. My youngest had 28 kids in the class. We, as parents, petitioned the district for an aid for her! Those were very funny stories and I bet you have more. Joni

  7. VKT // April 22, 2010 at 9:06 PM  

    Wow Theresa,

    That is amazing. So he showed up like nothing happened! lol

  8. VKT // April 22, 2010 at 9:06 PM  

    Thanks Julie...glad you liked them.

  9. VKT // April 22, 2010 at 9:06 PM  

    Thanks Kim!

  10. Linda // April 22, 2010 at 9:07 PM  

    Very cute post! I love the yelling SNAKE to get her out of the woods...it would have worked for me! Thanks for you nice comments on my blog. I enjoyed my visit here.

    Linda @ A La Carte

  11. VKT // April 22, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

    Thanks Linda....Glad you stopped by!

  12. VKT // April 22, 2010 at 9:13 PM  

    Wow Joni....I can't believe she didn't have an assistant with 28 students....sheesh

  13. Andrea // April 22, 2010 at 9:20 PM  

    GOD bless you, sweetie!
    Hugs, andrea

  14. VKT // April 22, 2010 at 9:48 PM  

    You too Andrea!

  15. Aging Mommy // April 22, 2010 at 10:23 PM  

    I love the snake story - quick thinking saved the day!

  16. SquirrelQueen // April 22, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

    That was brilliant, yelling snake to retrieve a missing child. It would work for most kids except the ones like me. At that age I would have yelled back "where?" and tried to find it.

  17. Debbie // April 22, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

    Hi my favorite Kindergarten teacher! Sorry I have been a bad blogging buddy, only on a few this week:) Ok this was another great story, what is it with you and snakes? Funny, so glad it worked. My family and I are getting away this weekend, we are heading up your way...we are surprising the boys, My husband has seen a few places on food network he wants to check out, and of course the College is a must see!~ Have a great night.

  18. Ms. Anthropy // April 22, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

    Just got things settled down around here and stopping in to say hello, while it's quiet. Great thinking with the hiding kid!

  19. T.J. // April 22, 2010 at 10:52 PM  

    you had a runner! Smart thinking with the snake lure LOL!!!

  20. Christy // April 22, 2010 at 11:10 PM  

    Awe I love the love triangle! My five year old daughter just informed me that "Isaac isn't just my friend mom, actually we are boyfriend and girlfriend" I had a hard time keeping a straight face when i told her no way!

  21. Niki // April 23, 2010 at 5:41 AM  

    My 5year old boy has a girlfriend at school. haha she drags him round everywhere by the arm. He follows all embarrassed. Very cute.

    ps the crocodile is eating a chunk of fish I think :o)

  22. Java // April 23, 2010 at 8:22 AM  

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment! You made my day!! :))

    Wow you are so talented! I love reading your posts...I have alot to catch up on!!

    Have a wonderful day and a very happy weekend!

  23. Sue // April 23, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

    Loved your stories. Hey - you weren't exactly lying - there probably were snakes in there.

    It's amazing how kids can be "in love" so young!

    Hope you have a great weekend♥

  24. Jenny // April 23, 2010 at 10:45 AM  

    You are obviously a genius. I need to hire you to help me with our Grands this summer.

    Love all your little Noteworthy tales...especially the snake one!

    Thanks for the Nifty and Neat stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "N"!

    I am so glad you are participating in these meme!

    A+

  25. criticalcrass // April 23, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

    yep, screaming snake was pretty clever. thanks for sharing.

    and thanks for reading picky and commenting. :]

  26. maddie/cadesmimi // April 23, 2010 at 12:35 PM  

    Hi, I found your blog through FF. I am so glad that I did! I worked as a paraprofessional in first grade for 15 years. Your stories reminded me of those days. I always said back then that I should keep a journal of the cute stories...and there were always stories to tell. Now that I am retired, I keep up two blogs--but I've forgotten so many of the school stories. At least my 2 grandchildren keep me in good material! LOL I look forward to following you. Kathy

  27. Mama of 3 // April 23, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

    Following from Friday Follow. I have a kindergartener of my own so I love the stories.
    Stop by my blog if you get a chance.

  28. Michelle // April 23, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

    Following with Follower Friday. Visit me at www.layers-of-learning.blogspot.com

  29. chubskulit // April 23, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

    Hi, thanks a lot for visiting (through FF) and for inviting me to follow, am now following you, hope you can follow back.. Thanks!

  30. amandaautismx2 // April 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

    Thanks for inviting me over to follow you! I appreciate it very much. You can also visit me at my autism blog at http://www.autismandtheworldaroundme.blogspot.com

    Congratulations on a successful teaching career.

    All are welcome to come over and visit.

  31. Ashley // April 23, 2010 at 2:34 PM  

    follow friday :) http://mommyandchild.blogspot.com

  32. Robin // April 23, 2010 at 2:42 PM  

    So, did you ever find out what had that kid so freaked out?

    BTW, the snake idea was *genius.*

  33. Coffee Please!?! // April 23, 2010 at 3:04 PM  

    hey there - your blog is fabulous! following you from FF and your note on my blog. have a wonderful weekend!!

  34. wacki04 // April 23, 2010 at 3:26 PM  

    New follower from Friday Follow! Hope you'll return the favor :)

    http://thekingscourt4.blogspot.com/

  35. Audra // April 23, 2010 at 3:27 PM  

    Love your blog! Much admiration for you as a Kindergarten teacher! My KT was my most favorite and admired teacher of all times!

    Thanks for finding me through Friday Follow...I am now your newest follower. I hope you will stop by and follow me as well.

  36. Jen // April 23, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

    Thanks for the comment and the follow. I'm now following you. I'm here from Friday Follow.

  37. Cindy // April 23, 2010 at 4:13 PM  

    Your stories are wonderful! I loved them all. I, too, love children and really enjoy working with them. I worked in a private school for several years under a certified teacher who visited once a week to monitor our progress. I taught from K to grade 2 and loved almost every minute of it. I really should have gotten my certification when I was young.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment.
    I am now a follower, so I will be baaack!
    Hugs, Cindy S.

  38. Mom Venture Blog // April 23, 2010 at 5:06 PM  

    So cute! I will definately be back for more!lol (-: And I'll be adding you to my follow list too. Thanks for adding me!

  39. magically ordinary // April 23, 2010 at 5:12 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's so nice to meet you!

    I'd be happy to be your newest follower!

  40. Rebecca // April 23, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

    I love your stories!!!! Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm a new follower. You can follow me back at http://beyondmeasuring.blogspot.com

  41. Raising Z // April 23, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today...I am now following you and woud love for you to do the same. Quick thinking w/ the snake idea :) I taught 2nd and 3rd grade but did spend a year as an assistant in a Kindergarten. That one year holds so many stories for me...I love that you started a blog to share all of your :)

  42. Marice // April 23, 2010 at 5:39 PM  

    heyyy :) thanks for droppin by! im already on of your follower, check out mizhelle :)

    love to see u following me back!

    Feel free to visit me here:
    Life Can't Wait and Up Now and What's Next

  43. Huckleberrygal // April 23, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

    Hi!
    You left comment on my blog and glad you did. What a lovely blog and I love stories about kids. Clever idea about the snakes :). I am a follower now.

    Here is my blog: http://huckleberryhome.blogspot.com/

    Happy Friday follow!

  44. Miss Liz // April 23, 2010 at 6:29 PM  

    Thanks for coming to visit my blog on this Friday Follow! I'm following you and would love for you to do the same if you're interested. Thanks again!

  45. bcrandall // April 23, 2010 at 6:33 PM  

    Hey There following from FF Gladly become a follower.

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  46. Marlene // April 23, 2010 at 6:57 PM  

    You're an amazing writer! Of course I'll follow! Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Disguised As a Grown-up

  47. nicolesspirit878 // April 23, 2010 at 6:57 PM  

    Following you from Friday follow. I enjoy your blog. I am sending my 2nd oldest to kindergarten next year and looking forward to the stories.

  48. MamaTink // April 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM  

    following back!

  49. Tracy // April 23, 2010 at 7:20 PM  

    That is so cute! I think teachers are great people and such quick thinkers!! Patience of Saints!

    Happy Friday,
    Tracy

  50. Kerstin // April 23, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

    Thanks for finding me. I love your blog. I think teachers are amazing and I'm so glad they choose to devote their lives for my kids. I'm a new follower!

    Thanks

    kerstin @ mommytimecrafts.blogspot.com

  51. Marilyn's Money // April 23, 2010 at 9:37 PM  

    Hi, here from Friday Follow! Glad you hopped on over, I follow now.

  52. TS Hendrik // April 23, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by. I'm now following.

  53. Lisa C. // April 23, 2010 at 10:10 PM  

    BTW here through Friday follow... I'm a new follower.. hope to see you come by..
    http://mommyingonthefly.blogspot.com/

  54. Serendipity is Sweet // April 23, 2010 at 10:24 PM  

    Great stories! I'm following your blog now :)

  55. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

    Thanks Aging Mommy.

  56. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

    Lol squirrel queen,

    I am glad you weren't my student. I was tired of chasing that child.

  57. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

    Hi Debbie)))))))))

    I just saw this. I wish I could have given you my phone number so you could have given me a call.

  58. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:39 PM  

    Awwwww thanks Ms A!

  59. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:39 PM  

    Thanks T.J.!

  60. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

    Lol Christy,

    Too funny!

  61. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:41 PM  

    Awwwwwwww Niki,

    That is so cute!

  62. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

    Java,

    Thanks for your comment. Have a great week-end.

  63. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

    Lol Sue,

    Okay, I will go with that.

  64. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:43 PM  

    Thanks Jenny! I appreciate it.

  65. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

    Thanks CriticalCrass!

  66. Annie // April 23, 2010 at 10:45 PM  

    Hi, thanks for follow my blog, here I am returning the favor.

    I'm also a teacher.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  67. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:46 PM  

    Thanks Maddie,

    I look forward to getting to know you!

  68. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:47 PM  

    Thanks Mama of 3,

    I am following you back!

  69. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:56 PM  

    Amanda,

    I am following you back!

  70. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:57 PM  

    Following you back Ashley!

  71. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 10:59 PM  

    Robin,

    Once the child's folder arrived, we learned that she had a lot of behavioral issues. Of course, it came several weeks after she did...lol

  72. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 11:00 PM  

    Thanks a lot Coffee Please!

  73. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 11:02 PM  

    Thanks Wacki!

  74. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 11:04 PM  

    Thanks Audra,

    I am following you back!

  75. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 11:05 PM  

    Thanks Jen,

    I really appreciate it and am following you back!

  76. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

    Dear Cindy,

    I can't figure out how to follow your blog?

  77. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 11:15 PM  

    Thanks Mom Venture!

  78. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

    Thanks Magically Ordinary,

    I look forward to reading yours as well.

  79. Bonnie // April 23, 2010 at 11:19 PM  

    hi...thanks for stopping by! I follow thanks to NFF

  80. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

    Thanks for following me Rebecca. I am following you back!

  81. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 11:22 PM  

    Thanks Raising Z,

    I am following you back!

  82. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 11:28 PM  

    Following you back Marice!

  83. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 11:29 PM  

    Thanks Huckleberry Gal! I am following you as well.

  84. VKT // April 23, 2010 at 11:30 PM  

    Following you back Miss Liz. Thanks for following mine!

  85. Melinda Cornish // April 24, 2010 at 11:58 PM  

    I love your stories, they are priceless...I found you at Alphabe thursday.......

  86. VKT // April 25, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

    Thanks Melinda,

    I have so enjoyed Alphabet Thursday and the blogs our "teacher" has exposed us to through it. Blessings!

  87. Teachinfourth // April 25, 2010 at 11:58 PM  

    Holy Hannah! He had to get the other kid 'out of the way first'?

    I laughed at this one. EPIC!