How 3rd Graders View Aging

Third Grade, 23 Students

I had the opportunity to visit with 23 third grade students and read from my book, The Wooden Bowl, El bol de madera.  Afterwards, I asked students to write their responses to seven questions on aging.  Time allowed for only a few recordings, but all comments are equally important!

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What is it about a person that makes you say “that person is old?”

  •  They are clumsy and walk slow and they have rincles and denchers.
  •  Kind of grumpy and not very fun.
  •  Their hair is gray, they have wrinkles, they have a cane, their voice cracks.

Why do people get old?

  •  It is just a life sikl.
  •  Because they eat to much sugar.  Their bones aren’t strong.
  •  They lived a long life and the get realy tiard.

 How old in years is old to you?

  •  People that are old to me are when they are 70
  •  I don’t think you are old if you are active and fun.
  •  50 is a hi number

 Why do people get grey hair?

  • People take showers a lot and their hair starts to fade
  •  They are in the sun a lots.
  • Because there hair has been there for so long it rots.

Why do people get wrinkled skin?

  •  People ge rincled skin from moving a lot.
  •  People get rinkley skin because they don’t eat too much.
  •  Because they move so much when their little but now their old.
  •  Because they grow old and their bones stop growing and skin wrinkles.

 How can you help an old person?

  • Give them food and take them places they want to go!
  • You can cheer them up and have fun with them.
  • Help them in the car and walk and get around  help them clean up  help get low things on the ground  help them get out of bed  open the door  help them around the house.
  • Help them get out of the car and help them opine the dore.
  • Respect them and be nice to them.

Great Advice 

I now know how to prevent further aging.  I have been doing all the wrong things.  I will no longer wash my hair so it won’t fade.  I will watch out for rot.  I will stay active and fun.  I won’t move so fast, and I will care for my bone growth.  If all fails, I will know that the next generation will kindly give me food, help me reach low things, open the car door for me, cheer me up, and treat me with respect!

What is your advice for aging?


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