During Bible class, which was right after science class.
Stephen: Miss Lee, when Jesus comes back I’m going to ask him to give me Saturn’s rings for a hula hoop. I think it’ll be fun.
Me: That would be crazy, but you should totally ask for it.
Stephen: Oh yeah, I’m going to.
These happened on multiple occasions:
GL: Mom .. I mean Miss Lee.
SH: Mama! No, Miss Lee.
IF: Mom, could I use this?
CK: Mom .. oops.
KW: Mom .. could you open this for me. Wait, Miss Lee.
Gavin: Miss Lee, I love school so bad.
Me: I love that you love school.
Gavin: Like I love school so bad. I want to stay here all day.
Stephen: Yeah, it would be cool if we could sleep here. Like if we had our homes on top of the school.
Me: (super cheesing)
We pray for various topics as we look through the morning news. Morning news is a time where I share different current events from fun ones like Puppybowl to more serious ones like the attacks in Syria. At the end of class, we’ll pray and here are some of the things I love hearing these from my first graders:
CS: Miss Lee, what about the Syrians? We forgot to pray for them. Can I pray for them?
Me: Of course. Could you please pray for their safety and protection.
JE: Miss Lee, you forgot to pray for Jesus to come back soon so we can fix this world. Can I pray for that?
Me: (smiling) You’re right. We need to pray for Jesus to come back soon. Pray for us.
Oh my heart.
One day, we somehow got into the topic of the end times. So, I whipped out my NIV and started reading straight out of it as the kids said their ‘whoas’ and ‘no ways’. Then, I got all preachy:
Me: All right, who’s got cavities right now?
Kids: (half of them raise their hands) I do!
Me: Well, guess what? In heaven, there are no cavities! Boom!
Kids: (double fist pumping in the air) YEEESSSSS!!!!!
Me: Who’s wearing glasses in here?
PJ: I have glasses.
Me: Can you see well without them?
PJ: No, not really.
Me: Well, guess what? In heaven, our friend won’t need any glasses to see.
Kids: (double fist pumping in the air) YEEEAAAAHHHH!!!!
After we had a code yellow, one of my students began to cry and we had a conversation:
Student: (crying) Why do there have to be bad people?
Me: It’s sin sweetie.
Student: (still crying) I wish God could take away all the bad people in this world.
Me: (hugging him) It’ll be okay. If anything like that happens here at school. I’ll protect you.
Student: Could you pray for me? That God would keep us safe?
Me: Of course.
Here we go. Classroom is kinda set. Teacher wardrobe is coming along a bit more. Welcome letters printed. Let’s do this!