John Saunderson, who attended S.S. No. 16 Gloucester - Hawthorne Public School, told me this story. A grandmother was babysitting her grandson after school and she asked him what he learned in school that day. She was shocked when he said they had learned how to make babies. He then explained to her that you take the "y" off baby and add "ies".
Joy Forbes - Author of Perseverance, Pranks and Pride - Tales of the One-Room Schoolhouse.