Sunday, August 07, 2011
Ancedotes from preschool 2
Ancedotes from preschool I talked about my little girl Elise, however, the story doesn't end there. Elise is a four year old (in Korean age) which means she is between two and three; my guess is that she is three years old. But she is quite mature for her young years, and is by far one of the superior colorers in the class. She is quite adept at staying in the lines, and even color coordinating. She is reticent, and slow to speak, but lately she has been coming into her English voice with confidence. After lunch, which is brought to our classroom, I make their toothbrushes. That is, I put the toothpaste on their toothbrushes to avoid a calamitous sticky disarray that would send me into a cringing, twitching state liable for institutionalism. (I have to say, I'm admittedly, not a neat person, but messy toothpaste is a pet peeve of mine) And when I first entered preschool, the children raced after lunch to brush their teeth, and found it hilarious to put not only their own toothpaste messily on their toothbrush but to make a hodgepodge of everyone's toothpaste on their own one toothbrush, making what they called rainbow toothpaste. After a few eye twiches, I put a stop to that quickly. I digress however... Where were we? Awww yes, Elise. One day, Elise, who hasn't spoken hardly any English outside of circle time suddenly calls out to me,
"Come here!" Two words I haven't heard her speak before. I'm already impressed, but she's just gotten started. She leads me to where I have made up the toothbrushes, and points to one particular toothbrush, Louis's.
"Louis isn't here." she tells me. I stare at her dumbfounded. Not only had she been observant enough to remember which cup and toothbrush was Louis's, but she had just formed a perfect sentence, with a negative verb and all. She didn't say, "Louis not here," which would have been impressive on its own, but she used "isn't." Huge! Colossal! I had to restrain myself from picking her up and twirling her around. My throat constricted, and my heart pounded with pride like a mother just hearing her baby speak its first word. My children were learning. They were actually not only understanding but on the cusp of beginning to speak English in sentences.
One finale Elise story...(watch her little video here)