Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Kids say the funniest things

I have been working with children in one capacity or another for over 8 years.

My first job working with children was at a charity in Wrexham, North Wales called Wrexham Homework Clubs. It was part time role while I was studying for my Bachelors Degree and a fun little job. In groups of three we would run after school clubs in "deprived" areas, where we would help the children with their homework and play games with a educational slant. I worked for WHC for around 18 months before the charity folded (the first but not the only time a charity I have worked for was forced to close due to a lack of funding!).

I later went on to do several different jobs, working with children in schools, special needs schools and in after school settings, before becoming a swimming teacher - working mostly but not exclusively with young children - a little over a year ago.

I love being a swimming teacher and one of the best things about my job is that kids literally say the funniest things. Unfortunately, they say so many hilarious things that I can't possibly remember them all. However, here are some excellent things that small children have said to me recently:

Me: How old are you now?
4 year old boy: 14 and a half.
Me: 4 and a half or 14 and a half?
4 year old boy: 14 and a half.
Me: That's why you're doing so well with you're swimming now.

I'm 3 and 3/4, James is 7, Arthur is 10 and mummy is 21... when I'm 42 I'll be able to do a flip in the water. (I changed the names, not completely sure why. but it felt like the thing to do.)

Shampoo helps me swim better.
(what can you possibly say to that?)

I would like for you to have a haircut.
(which made me laugh because I probably do need a haircut but how insensitive haha)

When I'm older I will wear my cap backwards. That's what teenagers do.
(just a brilliant and simple way at looking at the world)

All of the above made me chuckle but I especially enjoyed the little interaction below, that I had a few weeks ago with one of my favourite pupils (not that I have favourites!):

Me: What would you like to do when you're older.
5 year old girl: Well... I am great at art.
Me: You're good at art? That's brilliant!
5 year old girl: I am not good at art. I said I am great at art!
(oops sorry. I didn't mean to offend you. I'm sure that you are great at art!)

And of course these are just a couple of examples of the many brilliant and hilarious things that the children I work with say and do on a daily basis (I wish I could remember more). Working with children really is a  good great way to earn a living (not a very good great living but still, it's a lot of fun).

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