What Adults Don’t Know About Kids, Gardens, and Poetry

When Chrissy Irwin’s sister was in second grade, she had to keep a journal.

One day Jillian and her classmates had to write poetry.

This is what Jillian wrote:

It seems incredibly insightful.

Long live logic. And kids who are funny in spite of their teachers.


Do you have any writing my kids that you’d like to submit?
If so, please email chasemcfadden@gmail.com or leanneshirtliffe@gmail.com.

About Leanne Shirtliffe

Leanne Shirtliffe is the author of SLOTH TO THE RESCUE, SAVING THUNDER THE GREAT, THE CHANGE YOUR NAME STORE, and NO MORE BEIGE FOOD (2016). She also wrote humor books DON'T LICK THE MINIVAN: Things I Never Thought I'd Say To My Kids and MOMMYFESTO. She and her family live in Calgary, Alberta because they like complaining about the weather.

Posted on August 20, 2012, in Poetry, School Assignments. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I love the way you can find humor any place, any time.

  2. Hey, just wanted to let you know how awesome your blog is with a little award!

  3. Haha I literally laughed out loud! My wife just started teaching this year so we will DEFINITELY be emailing our own funny stories to you! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Brevity is the soul of wit.

    But almost equally cool is just not knowing…

    (I think it’s bliss or something.)

    p.s. Clay and Leanne: I thought I had subscribed to this site already – but I haven’t been getting notifications. I figured you were both busy and not posting here; but now I’m resubscribing because I can’t stand to miss more of this gold. Or the hores. I mean really.

  5. Many a giggle has escaped my lips when reading through some of these! As a Primary school teacher, I have seen some very amusing ones myself. There was one in particular that made me choke on my cup of tea. Let’s just say that the next day, in our spelling lesson, we looked again at how to spell Couldn’t. I won’t spell out what had been written, but I am sure you can work it out!

  6. I miss bieng that naïve

  7. simple words instilling meaningful notions… really, kids throw the light on the beauty of world,….. all kids rock!! 😀

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