I volunteer in Brecken’s first grade class every Tuesday. One of the activities I do with the kids is write a word or sentence on the board and they use the letters available and make new words. This happened today:
Creepy kid with a speech impediment: “Modor”
Me: “Motor? No, we would need another O to make that word.”
Creepy kid: “No, modor.”
Me: “I can’t hear you, ya gotta speak up. Mother?”
Creepy kid. “No. Mo-dor.”
Me: “Spell it.”
Creepy kid: “I don’t know how to spell it. M-o-r… Like I’m gonna modor you.”
Me: “Oh, murder.” *Quickly checking to see if we have all the letters needed to spell murder. Yep. Writes “murder” on the board without even thinking.
Innocent kid: “What’s murder?”
Me: “It’s when…” *Looks at teacher like a deer caught in headlights, only to see teacher looking back with the same expression.*
Teacher: “Uh, it’s just a word…”
Me: (silently in my head) I know I can make “murder” appropriate for first graders. Think, Phillips, THINK.
The kids start lining up to go to the book fair, I head out of the classroom. As I reach the edge of the library area I realize how to make “murder” okay for first graders! I turn around just as the class is entering the library.
Me: “A murder of crows! A murder is what you call a group of crows.”
Me: “Yes. Did you hear that kids? A murder is a group of crows.”
Creepy kid: (Loudly and with strangely perfect annunciation for once) “AND IT’S ALSO WHEN YOU KILL SOMEONE.”