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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Errands/Erin's

"Friday is errand day." Thus begins Elise Broach's humorous book When Dinosaurs Came With Everything. Earlier this week, I realized there were some children who were unfamiliar with the term errand, so I began asking ahead of time if anyone knew what an errand was. In each class, several children volunteer to tell their definitions, and all have been interesting. I loved one from yesterday: it's something you do, like going to the store or getting gas, that you really wish you didn't have to do.

Today, we experienced what I call a Miss Alaineus moment in a third grade class. I speak clearly and try to enunciate when I read aloud. After others talked about errands, one student said, "It's errands? I always thought it was Erin's, like we are going to someone's house."

My errand tonight was getting shoe inserts for the boys at REI!

2 comments:

  1. Very funny! I bet we'd be surprised by how often our words are "misheard" by young listeners. Growing up, when we sang "My Country Tis of Thee" at school, I always thought the line "land of the Pilgrims's pride" was actually "land of the Pilgrim's pried," referring to the Pilgrims prying up logs from the ground to make their cabins.

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  2. sometimes mis-hearings can be hilarious, other times they can lead to such terrible mis-understandings.

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