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September 10, 2009


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Poor guy!
Did he get a few minutes in your lap to dry his tears? I bet he did...

Smalltown Mom

I've got so many first grade stories. The boy Casey, in a class where there is a girl Casey too, cannot stand to be called Casey F. But he is OK with his whole name.

And then there is the girl with the attention problem. Today she stuffed her hands down her underpants. And then later (hopefully unrelated) licked the palms of both hands, right after the teacher had talked about hand sanitizers and cleanliness and avoiding germs. It's going to be a long year.

stephanie (bad mom)

No doubt the young Mr. Gonzales is feeling TGIF, too.

Yay to you for being there, and for bringing the bubble letters :D


I hear ya sister!

That's what makes it so much fun!

Jen on the Edge

Poor guy. It sounds like he needs the weekend too.

Mary Alice

hahhaahaaa. Poor little Travers.


Well can you blame the poor kid? Travers?! A teacher I knew said all the teachers would get together at a bar after the first day of school each year, and whoever had the child with the weirdest name won free drinks from everyone. One year he won with twins named King Lear, and Chanda Lear. I once had an Asian boy named Yu Hu - pronounced "Yoo Hoo". I had to bite my lip from laughing every time I said his full name!

busy bee suz

It is hard to be a first grader...all the stress of using pencils. ;(

Jenn @ Juggling Life

It's a fake name, but chosen to reflect the oddity of his actual name.

On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 5:17 AM, wrote:


I know. The boy has it right. I wish I could have stayed a kindergartner forever :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin

Totally snapping under the weight of it. Mr. B already asked me NOT to sign him up again for 1st grade next year. I hear him.


Oh, poor little long-named cutie!
Enjoy your well-deserved weekend!


Oh, that's adorable! And for some reason "Mrs. Juggling" cracks me up. Thanks, I needed a chuckle this morning.


now see I would just have to give that kid a pet name, like Biff or Skip or Sparky. Something manly but cute. My daughter went to school with a kid name Winchester Rodford Stevenson the THIRD. Yes three of them. Anyway we started calling him Tuck and it stuck. When he graduated from high school they didn't call out Winchester blah blah blah they called Tuck Stevenson. Now he is Dr. Tuck Stevenson.


I love first graders but I love first grade teachers even more. You all deserve medals for patience and good humor.


I heart Travers.


Oh, I do love first graders! Poor Travers.


Oh poor Travers. This is a situation when a name like Joe Smith is a good thing.


Poor thing! My daughter is feeling the same way about 9th grade.

Don Mills Diva

Not sure if the fake name is worse than Travers but that IS kinda bad...can't blame the poor little guy.


Oh, poor thing! Hugs to both of you!




Oh, oh, oh. That poor honey.

My Paco started first grade today, and after he climbed into bed at 7:30 a.m. and moaned, "I'm so scared. I'm so scared. I don't know how to spell," I realized I'd not only be cruising up to the school to meet his bus and walk him to his classroom...I'd be spending a little time in that classroom. Good thing, too, as the teacher needed an adult there to sharpen all those kids' pencils!

Day One down. Rest of his school career to get through now.

Mrs. G.

Damn. I've had days like this.


I'm with Mrs. G...I can sympathisize with that young man!! Have a good weekend...both of you!

I love first graders but after spending a long-term substituting surrounded by a whole class, I knew that I would NEVER be able to do that full time....told my principals I would go no younger than 4th grader! First grade teachers are a special breed of teacher!! You're one of 'em, honey!!


Oh, dear......oddball names can squish all the fun out of life.
I teacher kindergarten. School started last Tuesday. On Wednesday I was told I'd have to work in two buildings. Sweet sister mercy, where did I put my jet pack?

Jenn @ Juggling Life

Oh not I'm not--the kids are adorable, but I'm with you--nothing lower than
4th grade and preferably middle school.

On Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 4:23 AM, wrote:

Manic Mommy

HRH has a classmate named Osiris. I'm not sure how he feels about it. Poor Travers.

First grade rocks!

Jenn @ Juggling Life

It's about the same!

On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 10:05 AM, wrote:


That is so cute. I have to say I do love my first graders. They crack me up.

Jenn @ Juggling Life

I can't believe how tired I am. They are cute, but so needy. All my kids
were so independent (I wonder why)--I did not haveone child that every cried
or wanted me to walk to the classroom with them--they were happy to be off
on their own. Also, because the school is in a lower-income area I'm shocked
at how little they know--there's not a DRA over 6 in the bunch and I
remember my kids being at 12 when they left kindergarten.

The teacher is fantastic and by Friday she'd let me take over most of the
school day, so that's fun. But the prep work! OMG! Again--where my kids went
to school the parents did all the prep--we worked 2 hour shifts and there
were usually 2 parents in the room all the time.

Kindergarten and first-grade teachers rank right up there with firefighters
as heroes in my estimation!


On Sat, Sep 12, 20e one kida09 at 7:11 PM, wrote:


Oh, Jenn...this story is just precious. Poor little guy. Sounds like something my boy would say. About writing his name.


what a sweetie. so wonderful to read about you teaching.

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings

What's weird is when I was in college...during a class ... it hit me: "Someone has made a mistake. What are we all doing here without our parents? We're just kids. . . we aren't grown up yet."


I'll be 32 next week and I still feel this way a bit.


Ohhhh, what a sweetie!

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