Kid Stories and Brain Breaks

I have to tell you, after my day today, I can promise you that there is nothing better than teaching first grade.  My little guys had the best comedic timing today and I just have to tell you three of the things that made me laugh.

First, one of my kids came up to my table today and said, "Mrs. Wheeler, guess what?  I got to meet the guys from Duck Dynasty last night.  I got to meet Uncle Si, Jase, and Willie.  Phil couldn't come though."  I thought that was really neat and so we told the class.  A few minutes later, I asked him where he saw them and he couldn't remember.  Then, he said, "Don't tell my parents.  I don't want them to ground me."  I asked why they would ground him and he said, "Because they came in my window and hung out with me and when they came in they broke it, but they fixed it when they left."  My kid's imagination cracked me up.  I fell hook line and sinker until he told me that I couldn't tell his parents.  Later in the afternoon, he told us it was an April Fool's joke.

Next, a different kid said to me, "Mrs. Wheeler, Zack and Sam are smarter than you." I wish you could have seen his face because he was grinning when he said it.  My TA said, "Well, what about you?"  He said, "No, I'm not, but they are!"  (Names were changed)

Finally, I have a few friends that constantly call me Mrs. Wheelers.  It drives me bonkers.  So, I cupped my hands like a megaphone this afternoon after I got called Mrs. Wheelers for the 50,000th time this year and said, "My name IS NOT Mrs.Wheelers!"  They all started laughing and one of my boys said, "Yeah, and it isn't Mrs. Wilson either!"  No idea where it came from, but definitely funny.

Okay, now add 40 more of those little comments and you will have a picture of my day today.  Well, since we were all a little silly and talkative we took a couple of brain breaks.  If you haven't heard of brain breaks it's where you let kids get up and do something active and light-hearted for a few minutes. At least that's what we do in my classroom.

Here is my Top 10 List of brain break videos.  If you want to find some of your own, check out Harry Kindergarten or The Learning Station on YouTube.  My kids LOVE these!

#1 If You're a Kid (Following Directions Song)

#2 Hip Hop around the Clock 
(My kids jump every time they say the words, "Hip Hop")

#3 Boom Chicka Boom

#4 Wishy Washy Washer Woman

#5 Five Little Monkeys

#6 Go Bananas

#7 Stomp and Clap

#8 Skeleton Dance

#9 Let's Get Fit

Notice there isn't one for #10.  Well, I want you guys to weigh in.  Leave a comment below with a favorite not included here.  I will go through them and add one of your videos here later this week.

Alright, I hope this gives your kids the chance to release a little pent up energy this week.  I know my kiddos loved several of these today.  I can't wait to do a few more tomorrow.


  1. Much needed for days like today...indoor recess day-number 2. THANK YOU!

  2. I love doing brain breaks with my class. I'm always on the look out for new ones. Thanks for sharing your favorites! I'm going to go download them now!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade


    This is my kids absolute favorite. They laugh, quote it, and love doing it!