Two weeks or so ago I read Giraffes Can’t Dance to my preschool students. Their favorite part was the chimps doing the cha cha. When we got to the part where Gerald is talking to the cricket, we all stood up and closed our eyes and got “dreamy” as one of my students put it, and did our own dance steps.
Today I went around with a clipboard and images of Gerald and interviewed everyone while they ate breakfast. “So”, I began, “what is something you love to do and you do it well, or maybe others tell you you are really good at it?” My second question asked the flip side, “What do you wish you could do better?” Finally, “Who could you ask to help you with that?”
Oooooh I love 4 year old minds!
RoseAlyn closed her eyes and kept saying “hmmmm, hmmmm, hmmmm.” Finally she said she was good at Tai Chi, she needed help putting the covers on her bed and daddy could help her with that.
Tyden told me he was good at running but he wants to learn how to tie shoes and his cousin can teach him that.
Sofia decided after lots of discussion that she was good at dancing but she wants to learn how to do cartwheels like Gerald and mom could probably help her.
Most of the students referenced their parents as the ones who can help them but not all of them did and I found that interesting. I love that some children are able to name other mentors in their lives. The successes and challenges they named were as unique as they are and as well as I know my students, I was surprised by every one of them.