Teaching Tales: Shoeses

Have you ever had a conversation with a child that makes you question their mental age?
Last week I wrote about a conversation between myself and one of my six year old students, and today? Today I taught that student again, and once more she shocked me with words.
Although this time it was for an entirely different reason…

6: Do you believe in God?

Me: Erm… (A few seconds may of passed whilst I searched for a way out of this conversation.)

6: Yes or no?

Me: But what if you don’t like my answer?

6: That’s ok, I don’t like most things people say but I always think people should answer me and be honest.

Me: …

6: Is that a no?

Me: Yes, that’s a no.

6: Thank-you.

Me: For what?

6: Being honest. Grown ups go all funny when I ask them that.

Me: I think it’s because different people believe in different things.

6: I think so too. You know why I ask?

Me: No, why did you ask?

6: Well, Miss Amy, first because I wanted to know, but twooooo because I’m a Christian.
See! (shows me her necklace) I wear this cross so everybody knows that I am a Christian.

Me: It’s a very nice necklace.

6: Although sometimes I wonder about being a Christian.

Me: What do you wonder about?

6: If like, I’m really a Christian or not really.

Me: …

6: He never talks to me.
Sometimes I wonder if he is like, busy talking to other people and stuff, but then I wonder why is he talking to them and not me, because I am really funny.

Me: I know – last week you told me how funny you are.

6: I did, didn’t I.
But aaaaanyways, so he doesn’t speak to me aaaaaand I really love science and then there’s this. Me and mummy went to the zoo, well it was kind of a zoo but they had a snake farm and it was full of snakes.

Me: There were snakes on the snake farm? No wayyy.

6: Haha, yeah I guess that you can guess that because it’s a snake farm.
But we went there and a snake wiggled around and mummy screamed because she was SOO scared. And it was really funny for me, but mummy was scared so it wasn’t funny for her *giggles* but it was so so funny. But when we went home mummy was upset that the snake wiggled near her so I prayed. I prayed that no snakes would ever go near mummy because it was scary for her.
And mummy hasn’t seen snakes any more.

Me: Ok…

6: But I can’t tell if that’s because we live in Bangkok and there’s too many people.
Snakes don’t come near lots of people because they are scared. So I don’t know if it’s because snakes don’t like people or if it’s because God answered my prayers.
I mean come on man, how do you know?

Me: I dont think you ever truly know.

6: But I think I believe in Science.
I love science.
No. I love, love, love science!
I say love three times because I have so much love for science, like really lots of love. *Sigh* I’m six. This stuff is just too much tricky. I don’t want to think about it, but it goes round and round and round my head and I just can’t get them thoughts out of my brain.
I just want to play with my petshop monkey and go shopping for shoes-es.

Me: Shoes-es?

6: Yeah! More than one shoe is shoes-es.

Me: … Are you sure?

6: Well if you need to make a word mean more than one and there is a s on the end of the word you add an e and an s.

Me: Ok you are right about the rule, we do add an e and an s, but look, shoe ends in e. So we just need to add an s on the end.

6: Ohhh yeah. *ten second pause* OH. MY. GOD.

Me: What?

6: I have been saying shoes-es for two whole weeks now.
That is sooooo embarrassing!

And just like that the six year old was back!

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Do you have any funny teaching tales to share?
If so, I’d love to hear them!


  1. Your post made me smile! I really don’t know what I would say if some 6 year old asked me about God. She seems like a very smart girl!

    • Hey Jo – Glad you can enjoy it too!
      I honestly don’t know how i managed to form a response on a subject so unexpected and potentially difficult to navigate! It’s so interesting to catch a glimpse of the inner workings of a child’s mind! xo

  2. This is so adorable! I taught K3 in Chiang Mai for awhile and had some quite interesting conversations with my 5-year-olds. They were so sharp, some of them. Makes me miss those little buggers!

    • Is it bad that when somebody mentions Chiang Mai ALL i can think about is Khao Soi? Haha. Teaching children who have English as their second language is incredible. Their observations, comments and attitude to learning is incredible. It’s understandable to miss it – there’s no experience quite like it! xo

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