Mrs. W and Mrs. W taught our three oldest kids for two years each in a 2nd and 3rd grade multi-age classroom. They are phenomenal teachers and their teaching methods legendary. For years they couldn't escape us as one kid followed the next into that classroom.
One of the things they required once a month from each student was to memorize and present a poem of their choice. Our kids frequently used things from Shel Silverstein -a family favorite!
One day near the end of the month Beaner realized she hadn't memorized a poem and it was her turn to present.
I should have known she would do it someday. But in second grade? My cute quiet little peacemaker with a heart the size of Texas? Gentle and loving to all things living...
Yes, yes, she did. This would be the first of a life filled with little shock value actions.
She quoted her fathers favorite poem.
A Bird in the Snow
I was on my way to school
When what do you know?
I spied a birdy
Lying in the snow
It's wing was broke
and it couldn't fly
It was gonna lay there
and it was gonna die
So I neared him close
with a piece of bread
and I STOMPED on his little head.
I hate it.
I sit there and wait for the bird to be loved and cared for when my sweet little girl laughs shyly after her shock ending.
The teacher told me about it the next day when I went in to help at school. She said, "It was so funny I had her do it again for the other teacher and the rest of the class."