When I asked a few questions about the different types of homes they knew about, one young girl took the lead. "Igloos! And nursing homes." Brilliant, really, and so eclectic! Then others added more.
One child had yet to offer an idea, and so I attempted to draw him in. "Brendan, how 'bout you?" Head at an angle, as if pondering the question with great concentration, he offered, "I'm just a first grader, and uhm, I'm kinda new around here."
And then, as if a brisk wind blew through and he found a fresh idea, he lit up and smiled. "Yogurts! I mean yurts!"
First graders; they're the best!