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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.

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