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Children say the Funniest Things

Emma is a Teaching Assistant who works for Protocol Education in Wolverhampton. Ever had an odd conversation with a child? Emma shares some of her stories.

Children say the funniest things.

I remember when I was very young and I had some pretty odd views of the world.  I think the one that is the most widely shared misconception is that 'mommies have girls and daddies have boys'.  I couldn't understand why all the grown ups were laughing.  Why else would so many men have such big bellies? I've heard several such gems from the mouths of children since working in education.

Have you ever been asked if you were having a baby, from a child who recently learned about another teacher who was expecting? Don't take it to heart.  It's not those break time biscuits you have been scoffing in the staff room.  It's just the child's way of processing new information in this complicated grown up world. 

Vacuum cleaner versus cat!

I recently got into a confusing conversation with a reception child.  A girl complained that he'd been scaring her by running after her pretending to be a vacuum cleaner! I caught up with him, dangling off some monkey bars. I told him about my cat, Charlie, who always got scared when I vacuum the floor.  This boy looked at me, with his upside down eyes and asked "why was your vacuum scared of the cat?" I think an important lesson was learned that day, if you need to talk to a child, make sure they are on the ground and right side up first! 

Not everything is black and white

I remember when working with a year 5 class, studying photographs from world war two, a child asked if people were really black and white back then! I could just imagine living in a monochrome world.  How odd must it have been when colour was invented! It was in the same class that the next corker came from.  I was working one to one on an intervention with a child and ran out of plain A4 paper. I searched high and low and couldn't find any.  The child turned to me, in all seriousness and asked "miss, couldn't you just photocopy some?" I gave her a second to let that one sink in, then we were both in hysterics.  Never a dull moment...

Did I hear that correctly?

And finally a memory from a few years ago when I was working in a year two class.  The school was going to be closed the next day to be used as a poling station for the local election.  The teacher sat down the class and explained that they would have a day off.  He asked if anyone knew why the school would be closed.  Up pops a little hand, waving about it the air. "Sir, sir, it's because all the grown ups are going on a boat!"

Children do say the funniest things!

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