We were doing an Irish lesson about a girl who was pretending to be sick so that she could skive off school. Her Dad let her stay in bed. She texted her friend in class but the teacher intercepted the message.....interesting day in school the next day I'd say!
G thought for a moment and then came up with a very perceptive comment
"How come you can always fool your Dad about being sick, but never your Mam?"
C then shared the story with us
"Miss, I only ever tried to get off school once by pretending to be sick. My Mam said I could stay in bed and went out of the room. I said "Yessss!!!". But my Mam heard me, rushed back into the room and shouted "Get out of that bed now and get to school."
This is a fantastic opportunity for a morality lesson. It has all the necessary ingredients - how dishonesty, laziness and disrespect for adults just doesn't pay."
"Thank you C. Now would you like to tell the class what you learned from this experience?"
" Yes Miss, I learned to keep my big mouth shut until 3 o'clock!"
And the more I thought about it, the more I realised that this was an invaluable lesson. I can think of at least two occasions when I should have kept my big mouth shut until well after lunchtime!!!