Mr. Lee’s Corner

Mr. Lee’s Corner is a collection of cute, funny, and unexpected stories written by Wonder Club Kindergarten Teacher Mr. Lee!  

May 2022

A Bible Verse for Any Age

By Lee Bradley
May 17th, 2022

This is the current verse my class is learning.  It is humbling to reflect upon the truth that this wisdom is for five-year-olds as well as 50-year-olds. Be friendly to everyone, but choose your friends carefully. (Proverbs 12:26)

Be sure to enunciate!

By Lee Bradley
May 17th, 2022
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I was reminded of how important it is to enunciate clearly when speaking to my students.

Our school meets in a church building and we try to teach the children to be respectful of that. I have specifically spoken to them about not being loud or silly as we walk through areas where the congregation worships.

As I was leading a group of students into the building, one little girl warned me, “Mr. Lee, we need to be quiet now. This is the cemetery.”

I appreciated her taking my earlier instruction to heart, and did my best to not laugh as I assured her it was “the sanctuary”, not “the cemetery”.

A Bit Buggy

By Lee Bradley
May 17th, 2022

Our class went a bit “buggy” this week as we finished up our “I love bugs!” unit.

We have handcrafted grasshopper hats that were fun to make and wear!

March 2022

Just a Little Encouragement

By Lee Bradley
March 22, 2022

Yesterday my class had a page with a few pictures to color, but one little boy was not moving. I asked him to get started a few times, but he would not even get a crayon out or respond to me in any way. I was getting a bit frustrated with his defiance when he mumbled, “I can’t even color in the lines.”

I told him that I would help him. I didn’t actually help much other than encourage him to go slowly, which he did, and his first picture turned out pretty good. The time ended for the project and he asked if he could work on it later. When he finished, I asked him if he would like to take it home (like everyone else) or hang it up. He smiled and said he wanted to hang it up. Instead of finding a spot in the room like I expected, he walked into the hallway and hung it where everyone could see it.

I am thankful that God allowed me to see that the defiance that I was sure was in this little guy was actually shame that was able to be turned into something to be proud of.

Copying My Bad Choice

By Lee Bradley
March 22, 2022

Have you ever wanted to get someone in trouble so badly that you were willing to indict yourself?

I walked up to a class that was waiting in line and I could see that one little boy was very irritated with a second boy. He turned to me and said, “Mr. Lee, he is copying my bad choice. My teacher said that when someone is making a bad choice, we shouldn’t copy it, but he is copying my bad choice!”

February 2022

What should I be when I grow up?

By Lee Bradley
February 11, 2022

One of my students approached me yesterday with a bothered look on his face.

Student: “Mr. Lee, I wanted to be a teacher when I grow up, but now I think I might want to be a ninja.”

Me [trying to respect the seriousness of how deeply he was thinking]: “Well, being a teacher is great, but if you have a chance to become a ninja, I’d go with that.”

Student [a big smile bursting across his face and then walking away]: “Yeah…!”

I wonder where I would be today if I had such great career advice when I was in kindergarten! 🙂

Art Project

By Lee Bradley
February 11, 2022

Sometimes it is the simplest messages that mean the most. 🙂

Meet the newest member of our class – Obadiah the Octopus.

By Lee Bradley
February 11, 2022

Meet the newest member of our class – Obadiah the Octopus.

I showed him to the class and explained that he would be sitting on my desk as a paperweight, but he is not a toy. The students immediately asked if they could pet him sometimes. I said yes, and we all had a good laugh.

Later in the day one little girl, who is usually very bold, came up to me and rather timidly asked in a quiet voice, “Mr. Lee, can I give Obadiah a hug?”. I could see that she was very serious, so I said, “Sure”.

If you have never seen a five-year-old give a genuine hug to a cast iron octopus, you are really missing out.

Thoughts on Parenting

By Lee Bradley
February 11, 2022

My students worked on a project where they got to choose what they wanted to be when they grow up. One little boy immediately told me, “I want to be a dad.”

I was happy to hear him say that and told him that was a good choice. Then he filled out the writing section “When I grow up I want to be a dad because…I like to sleep.”

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