117 notes November 5, 2011 More from my past kindergartners in my first experience outside of white suburbia. We're working with picture tiles to help build students' phonemic awareness. Today it's a rhyming game:students must break down each word into its sounds so that I know they're identifying all the phonemes, then match the words that rhyme. I don't think to check the picture tiles for anything inappropriate, because they were given to me by the reading lab. Student:G - U - N, gun. Me:-- that -- (What the -- really?! Yes, yes it is indeed a picture of a handgun. I remove the tile as quickly as possible and put it in my pocket.) That's not a picture we're going to use today. I don't think it's a very good picture to have in school. Student:My daddy has a gun! Me:(Just yesterday, another student in the class explained that his daddy was in jail. I honestly do not know what to do or say.) Student:He chases bad guys. Me:-- oh, your daddy is a police officer! Student:Uh huh. And he's really fun. F- U- N. That rhymes! (I complimented her rhyming skills and found a picture of, thank goodness, a hot dog B-U-N, bun.) Filed under education literacy kids say the darndest things and I had no idea what I'd gotten myself into.