Why does everyone call kindergartners “babies”? I tell mine all the time that they are big kids, I expect big things out of them. I don’t want baby behavior. I recognize they are young and the youngest in the school, but I don’t want them acting like babies, so I don’t refer to them as babies.
I agree with you! I’ll hear another teacher say “they are just little kids” and, as you said, we are the youngest, but I want them to feel that they can accomplish things and they aren’t babies!!!
I tell them the same thing. I understand that they look like babies and are soooo teeeny compared to everyone else. When other teachers or my principal calls them babies, I tell them we have to prove that we aren’t babies and show them! They eat it up and try extra hard!
Equally upsetting to me is all the “they are so cute” comments. Baby is one of the biggest insults to them. And it seems as though the more they are called cute, the less “cute” they behave. They may be little, but they are fierce!
I don’t use that in a way to mean they are little, but more as a term of endearment. I become a mother hen with my kinder babies each year.
I will often say things like “When we were babies and just learning to color, we might have scribbled, but now we are big kids who can be in charge of our tools”….that is the only way they are referred to as once being babies.
It is not sweet, it is hard. It is hard on me to try and cram down skills they are not ready for. If they do not master the skills it reflects on the teacher. Very frustrated with the education system.
They’re certainly not babies, but they’re my babies.
I always told my kindergartners that going to school was their “job.” Just like mom and dad have to go to work every day, now they go to work every day.
They are big boys and girls! There are no babies here!
I don’t call my kids babies.
It makes me really frustrated when they expect huge results from kindergarten but then treat them as babies. Don’t call them babies. Don’t stop my line in the hallway to hug and high five them all. Don’t refer to them as “Kinders” (I hate that term). Don’t let them get away with bad behavior because they are cute. Don’t assume they can’t do simple tasks like clean up a mess or zip their coat. I make sure my administration/other teachers understand what is developmentally appropriate, but at the same time I make sure they understand that kindergarten students are extremely capable people.
They were just babies and face it, some having a hard time not being number one and helpless! Others not so much–which makes it so tricky!
Kinders + babies= kindies….that’s what I’ve called them for years, purely out of affection and endearment….and now that I think about it–ONLY when I speak about them, not to them.
It’s a term of endearment: .kinderkidlets, ducklings, sweet peas, chickadees. My student love the pet names I give them. And they love it when my big grown-up sons visit my classroom and I call them my babies. It has nothing to do with behavior expectations nor is it condescending with spoken in a loving tone.
Like anything else, so much depends on context. I have high expectations and I telegraph them in all that I do. Of course, I also tell them they are and always will be “my kids”.
I call them babies at the start of the year. Not as much to them but to other teachers. They grow so much!
I also expect BIG things out of them…I guess it’s just easier to tell apart “my kids” from my own children at home.
I teach 4/5 and I constantly remind them that they are halfway to being adults: that’s the goal, not babyhood.
I teach 3rd and tell mine not to run over the babies when we cross in the hall. At the same time I praise the kinders for having a straight line with bubbles and duck tails and tell them that they are setting a wonderful example for the 3rd graders. They stop me all the time to show me a library book or something they have posted on the wall. I also call my 3rd graders babies when talking to parents/administration about developmentally inappropriate tasks.
Why does everyone take offense to everything? I think that’s the real question here.
Didn’t say that out loud but no wonder some students can’t do anything for themselves. Parents do it for them.