We returned to school this week after our nondenominational winter pause. The return of students after break reminds me of when my daughter spends the weekend at grandmas- all rules, guideline, and procedures, no matter how basic, need to be refreshed, re-modeled, and practiced.
Students are also super excited to share what they did over their respective breaks. One of our third graders piped up right away on Monday. "My auntie had to go to the hospital!" The teachers showed concern and asked why (always a dangerous invitation with little ones...), and the child revealed her aunt had a baby over break.
Those who work with elementary students (particularly young ones) know that this exchange now invited 25 other children to raise their hands (or simply blurt out) anything that had to do with hospitals, doctors, babies, aunts, winter break, or anything else for that matter.
Little Xavier struck first. "Yeah, we had to take to my sister to the hospital too." The teacher was pretty much obligated to show the same concern and again inquire what had happened.
"Awww, she partied too hard and shook it till she broke it."
Having had all of this little boy's sisters, the teacher wisely elected to inquire no further.