Kids Say the Darndest Things! | Mentoring in the Middle

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

Does anyone remember that show?  Or maybe the book?  I think it was a radio show, or maybe an early TV show?  Not sure.

But I thought about that phrase the other day when I was looking over some student work.  I've been using the Reading Olympians program of Latin and Greek roots for the past two years, and I have to say I'm really pleased with how it's helped my students' abilities to figure out words.  I didn't create it, but the two teachers who did are brilliant!

So, my kids were using the root "psych" in a sentence.  And one student wrote:

"Robin was Batman's psychic."

I kid you not.
Not quite right, but it cracked me up!

Then, the other day, we were discussing the root "quint" and how it means five.  The kid were brainstorming a bunch of words that had "quint" in them and they were all working away furiously.  And one girl wrote:

"Quintuplets are five babies born from the same mother's whom."


These just make me laugh.  And that's a good way to be as we come into our last week of school!

Have a great week!


  1. Marion, these are so funny! I've been thinking about trying that Reading Olympians unit, and I think you've convinced me. Thank you!

    1. I really like the way it gets kids to break apart words. And they are so proud when they find a word in print that they can figure out!