Monday, July 24, 2017

Surprises in a Treasure Chest

Children:
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This is the second day of school for Bright Eyes.  Already, she and her little clutch of friends are striving for good behavior, and most importantly, “table points”.


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Unless you are familiar with the discipline plans and rewards used in an elementary classroom, that means nothing to you. 

 “Table Points” are the points a cluster of six students called a ‘table group’ can earn by sitting up straight, paying attention, folding hands in front of them, and/or remaining silent when the world around them is wreaking wild havoc.

The table group who garners the most points throughout the whole week gets to choose prizes from the Treasure Chest.  
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“Oh. My. Goodness.  This is so big, like, you know, Grandma!  And, we were the first table group for the school year, too.”  Bright Eyes now sounds like every teeny girl in Disney™ television shows.  

It makes me sad, and a little cranky to be honest. Her young moral compass will be led by a Treasure Chest. When my daughter quietly informed me of this special day, it was impossible to squelch my reaction.

So, Bright Eyes hopped into the van, clutching her prize from the Treasure Chest.  It was a small zippered bag, like a girl would carry in her purse for lipstick and such. She had so much to tell about her day, and she had to buckle in before she could examine her treasured prize.

There was silence from Bright Eyes as my daughter drove, letting Sunshine fill in the news of her day.  Then, “Mommy, what is this?”

From the treasured prize, Bright Eyes pulled out three Tampons™, and held them up for her mother to view in the rear view mirror. She was told that they would talk about those things at home.  

But that was never enough for Bright Eyes, oh no. She knew a brush-off when she heard it. Bright Eyes tore them open, and speculated about their uses.  Not a flashlight…oh, look, here’s string…she swung the tampons around on their stringsNo, this isn’t a telescope. Here, Sunshine!  You can play with this one…”

Both competed with fighting tampons, swinging in a white whirl.

This looks like a good book.



When they all arrived home and the front door closed, my daughter (God bless her.) gave Bright Eyes an abbreviated explanation; she took the Tampons away.  Then she called the teacher, who listened in silence.  The Teacher said, “Oh, dear.  I’d better called Bright Eyes’ best friend.  She picked the same thing.” 

Ahhh.  The joys of teaching. Joys of learning.

And joys of being a grandmother.




This is a re-post from August 17, 2011.

We are visiting family (two grandsons) in Switzerland, and blogging is highly unlikely.  

24 comments:

  1. lmao well when you don't know, whirl.

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  2. Oh the joys of bribing children to behave.

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    1. It is mind-washing or coercion in so many ways. Yes is yes, and no is no.

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  3. Sigh.
    I hope your visit is going really, really well. And am sure it is.

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    1. We are home now! I set this up before we left, just in case we had overdone physically and mentally on the trip. And we did.

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  4. How old were they?
    I know what you mean about bribery to get behavior. But then I think that perhaps it's what kids that age can comprehend. They don't quite *get* what being a good citizen is about, so they need to be trained. And carrots are better for training than sticks. IMHO

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    1. You are correct. But, wouldn't seeing your name with a big sticker on the wall achieve this? True, young kids are motivated by a reward to hold. It just makes me sad, that is all.

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  5. I hope you are having s wonderful vacation, Susan.

    This post was so enjoyable.

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    1. We are back! Settling back into routine and sleeping normally is the big challenge now.

      Having gr-kids is such a treat. I have learned so much.

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  6. Whirling tampons made me laugh, I'd certainly never thought of them as playthings.
    Someone is going to be much more careful choosing replacement items next time she shops for the treasure chest.
    on the other hand, this was a great opportunity for two young girls to be taught a basic lesson that will be remembered later when it is needed.

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    1. We have never forgotten the tampons, but I don't think they remember the event.

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  7. Dear Susan, I'm liking these postings you are republishing. Your granddaughters are a delight. Thank you for sharing them with us. Peace.

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    1. So glad you are enjoying my memories and their adventures!

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  8. lol just when a teacher thought she'd seen and heard everything, she starts something new. ;)

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    1. Oh boy. I would hate to be that teacher!

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  9. It is just amazing to be a Grandparent, I've just spent a little while with two of our grandchildren.

    This was such a great post and fun too!
    I hope you had a wonderful trip.

    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

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    1. With those two in the back of a mini van, it is guaranteed that something will happen.

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  10. Now this is Epic! IT'S SURPRISE TREASURE! This is a Magical Disney Princess Surprise Treasure Chest ...
    ตารางคะแนน

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    1. Bright Eyes now knows what they are and for what. She doesn't use them yet.

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  12. I know what you mean about being sad over the way children are sometimes 'rewarded' for compliance and 'good behaviour' in school. It reminds me of an essay/book I read years ago by John Taylor Gatto called The 7 Lesson School Teacher. It made me appreciate the homeschooling option.

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    1. I may have read and used that book. Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular, and is under fire from Calif. State School dept. But, isn't that always the truth.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!