Some fun and fascinating facts about history, courtesy of my first graders.
From Little Old Man: "A long time ago, back when Jesus was still alive, there were presidents and they wrote with feathers." (Referring, I'm sure, to quill pens.)
From a conversation with a child I refer to as Motor Boy (for obvious reasons), during a discussion of upcoming holidays (part of a lesson on using capital letters for special names):
Me: One of the holidays that we will celebrate in February is President's Day. Does anyone know which two presidents we remember on President's Day?
Hands wave frantically. "George Bush!" "Lincoln!" "George Washington!"
Motor Boy yells over the din, "General Blinken!"
Me: General who?
MB: Blinken! Abraham Blinken.
Me: Good, you're close. It's Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.
Cut to recess. I hear Motor Boy having a heated discussion with another child at his table.
Student: He's not on money!
MB: Yes he was! General Blinken was the greatest president of our universe!
Student: That's not right.
Motor Boy stomps to my desk, indignant.
MB: Miss M, isn't General Blinken on the dollar bill?
Me: No, George Washington is on the dollar bill. Abraham Lincoln is on the five dollar bill. Is that who you mean?
MB: No, I mean the other one - General Blinken.
Me: Sorry hon, I don't know anyone named General Blinken.
MB: Well, how about President Canada?
Me: The president of Canada? Canada doesn't have a president... they have a prime minister.
MB: No, PRESIDENT CANADA. (enunciating clearly and carefully for my benefit)
Me: Do you mean President Kennedy??
Motor Boy sighs loudly and stomps back to seat, shaking his head in obvious disgust.