During open center time, a hush came over my students. Much to my surprise, I looked up from my busy work and began observing my students engaged with one another. I smiled, and caught a gaze from one little lady, who had her own smile from ear to ear.
She jumped up without any hesitation, and I could tell from the look on her face, there was something she HAD to tell me. She marched her little body across the classroom to where I was sitting and with the proudest voice I had ever heard, and she announced, “ I have TWO shiny nickles!”
-You have two shiny nickles? That’s pretty cool!
-*lifts up her shirt* SEE!!!!!! TWO! I HAVE TWO!
-Oh dear, well, those are not nickles. And, that part of your body is only for YOU to see!
-*grabs her chest* But.....I’m beautiful. I AM SO BEAUTIFUL!
-You are so beautiful, but, we keep our bodies safe, and to ourselves, can you please pull down your shirt? I promise you’re beautiful with your shirt pulled down too.
-BUT, I am TOO beautiful. I gotta show everyone my shiny nickles
Bri Dykstra 2017