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October 16, 2006, Herald Journal

Sometimes two is easier than four

By JEN BAKKEN

On Tuesday mornings, I volunteer in Deb Lovegren’s first grade classroom.

When I was there this week, she was explaining what activity I’d be helping the children with and that it might be easier to work with two children at a time.

When I called the names of the children I’d start with, I accidentally called four children instead of the “easier” two.

At a table outside the classroom, I quickly realized that Deb Lovegren sure knew what she was talking about.

The students were following directions, however, this group of four proved to me that it would be “easier” to only take two the next time. As these active first graders finished our activity, I told them the names of the two students they could send out next.

One little girl asked, “Aren’t you going to have four kids, like in our group?”

To which I answered, “I think I’ll try two this time.”

Then, an outspoken young man looked at me and said, “What . . . can’t you handle four kids?”

I couldn’t help giggling and I knew my next Tiny Tales story was already written.   

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community, and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher, or anyone with a child in your life. . . there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done; any of those endearing moments you’d love to share with others, and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano, we are proud of our community, our schools and our children. . . why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can email your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com, fax them to (763) 972-1029 or mail them to:TinyTales, 430 Hwy 12 E., Suite 4, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328.