My son’s current topic at school brought back a memory…
I’m assisting in a year 5 classroom and the term topic is ‘space’. Most of the children know the planet names already but we keep repeating them to help those who need extra help.
Me: So class, let’s name the planets in order closest from the sun.
Class: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus (giggle, giggle and whole class is in hysterics)
Girl in class: (not impressed with class laughter) Why is everybody being so childish?
Boy in class: (still giggling) Because it sounds like something rude.
Girl in class : (still not impressed) What because Uranus sounds like ‘urine’? that’s not rude.
Class: (all in fits of laughter now except girl who doesn’t understand the commotion)
Me: Ok, that’s enough. Let’s settle back down.
Boy in class: Not urine, it sounds like ‘your anus’ !!!
Class: (all laughing again but girl is mortified!)
All I could do to get a handle on the situation is send boy out of the class to calm down and threaten the rest of the class with a visit to the heads office if I heard another giggle. It worked.
What I really wanted to do was laugh with the class and for the girl to loosen up and laugh as well… but that wouldn’t make me a good role model, would it?
My son asked me why children in his class keep giggling when they say Uranus. At first I was going to act dumb and say I didn’t know. That’s when I remembered this story and decided to tell him the ‘rude’ word it sounds like… I then had to tell him what an ‘anus’ is!
And so the giggling begins! 😆😂🤣🤪