What Children Have Learned

and Want You to Know

 

Below is a letter received from a 5th grade teacher describing how one of our books inspired a creative writing exercise for her students. My staff and I are always delighted to receive these "life's lessons" from such young and perceptive minds.


 

Dear Mr. Brown,

I used your book, Live And Learn And Pass It On, with my fifth grade classroom. They enjoyed hearing all the different quotes from people. As a final activity, they created their own live and learn quotes. I have enclosed them for you. I thought you would like to see what they have learned at such a young age.

Thanks for such a wonderful book. We really enjoyed it.

Sincerely,

Susan Preston

 

Below are some of my favorite "life's lessons" received from Susan Preston's young students:

 

I've learned that all teachers have secret powers. - age 11

I've learned that telling a lie is worse than telling the bad truth. - age 11

I've learned that you never judge a book by its movie. - age 11

I've learned always choose good partners for school projects or you might end up doing most of the work. - age 10

I've learned that if you want to have a sleepover you are more likely to have one if you ask your dad rather than your mom. - age 10

I've learned typing on Type to Learn doesn't improve your typing, but typing up short stories you wrote yourself does. - age 10

I've learned that it is better to stay in at recess to get your work done than get farther and farther behind. - age 10

I've learned never to play with CRAZY glue. - age 10

I've learned not to cook half of a grape in the microwave. - age 10

I've learned that it's okay to get in trouble on Tuesdays because the principal is at a meeting. - age 10

I've learned that you should never test how far a slingshot gun goes when you are near a lot of houses. - age 10

I've learned never to sit on a wet bicycle seat. - age 10

I've learned you should never take without giving. - age 10

I've learned you should never give yourself a haircut. - age 10

I've learned that you should never yell at your mom when she's pregnant. - age 10

I've learned that you should never let your dad buy you clothes. - age 10

I've learned that you should never tell your parents who you have a crush on. - age 10

I've learned that when your parents are mad it is best to not talk to them. - age 10

I've learned that you can never have too much adventure. - age 10

I've learned that you shouldn't try to open a coconut with a folding Swiss army knife. - age 11

I've learned not to offer a hungry hamster invisible food. - age 11

I've learned that you should never show your stuffed animals to a dog. - age 10

I've learned to never paint faces on my dad when he's asleep. - age 10

I've learned never to touch your tongue to an ice sculpture. - age 10

I've learned that I am growing up too fast. - age 10

I've learned not to hiss like a cat at a stray dog. - age 11

I've learned that you can never outwit your dog. - age 10

I've learned that you should never put fertilizer on your head. - age 10

I've learned to never give your baby brother a permanent marker. - age 10

I've learned never to make my mom watch "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", or else she'll laugh so hard that she'll snort like a pig. - age 10

I've learned that when you are sad, all you want to do is be alone and talk to yourself, not others. - age 11

I've learned that no matter how old I am, I still ask my mom how to do things. - age 42


      
      

 

I'd Love to Hear from You and Your Students

If you are a teacher, I'd love to hear what your students have learned and want us to know. Send their responses and ages to the address below.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

P.O. Box 150014

Nashville, TN 37215

 

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