Welcome to Fun Friday in my Special Ed classroom.
It isn’t only the students who learn.
I put out paper, paint, water, and brushes. As I handed the last kid his brush I noticed paint on his fingers. I looked up. His cheek and lips were swabbed in navy blue paint.
“Why is there paint on your face?” I ask.
He says, “I no know.”
His teeth and tongue are also blue.
I say, “We don’t eat paint!”
He says, “No eat. Taste yukky.” And then he drank the paint water — luckily, it was still clean.
Fun Friday isn’t all fun and games. Some learning also happens — usually by me.
(For those now horrified, the paint is Crayola Brand, it’s non-toxic & washable. It is perfectly kid-safe. Some days, I am not sure I am.)