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Teaching English

It was Alana and I at the Kindergarten last week, and Carley and I this week. I don’t know why they call it a Kindergarten. It’s more like an awesome rockin’ daycare. We teach 4 different classes…a class of 5 year olds, a class of 3-year olds, and 2 classes of 4-year olds. 

Teaching English to Romanian 3-year-olds…
Alana: What color is your shirt?
Adorable little girl: [pause] APPLE!
Alana and me: Purple! Say purple.
Class of adorable 3-year-olds: PURPLE!

After one of the 4 year old classes, a boy came up to Alana and said “Teacher, nu inteleg se spune a colo.” That means “Teacher, I don’t understand what you were saying there.” DUDE, I FEEL FOR YOU. That’s how I feel every day in Romania!

In one of the 4-year old classes, we were reading a book on the iPad about colors. Each page was about a different color, and we had the kids stand up if they were wearing that color. On the purple page, some kids stood up and showed us their purple. One girl was wearing a dress, tights, and shoes…but no purple. We asked where her purple is, and she pulled her dress up to her chin and revealed a white shirt underneath, with purple polka dots, as she yelled “MOV! MOV!” which means “PURPLE! PURPLE!” So we had her put her dress down and then said “Repetaţ purple” and she said “purple!” It was quite hilarious.

In one of the 4 year old classes [hold up picture of a yellow star]
Alana: What shape is this?
Girl: TWINKLE!!
Alana: Star! Spune star! (say star)
All the kids: STAR!

Singing “Old McDonald Has A Farm” in the 3-year old class
[we held up a cow]
Girl: MOOOO!!!!
Me: Cow!
Everyone: E-I-E-I-O!

So much fun!

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The Chair Challenge

Once upon a time there was an adorable little girl named Vivian. I had the privilege of spending the whole day (well, about 9 hours) with Vivian and her two older siblings. Basically, babysitting is the best. 

Vivian is two years old. 

I was in the other room playing Barbies with her big sister when I heard a chair being dragged across the kitchen. My first thought was that she was trying to reach something. And if a kid needs a chair to reach something, they probably shouldn’t be getting that thing. 

Me: Vivian, where are you going with that chair?
Vivian: Nowhere, I’m just pushing it. 

And she was. I watched her from the other room as she just happily pushed it around the kitchen, then back to where it belonged in the play room. 

Why is this significant? Because she was pushing a chair just because she wanted to push a chair. 

Yes, I realize that she is two.

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Today, do something just for the joy of doing it. 

You don’t need a grand purpose.
You don’t need an end in sight.
You don’t need to have a goal.
You don’t have anything to accomplish by doing this particular task.
It is not something that will be a building block for something else.
It is for joy.

Today, do something just for the joy of doing it. 

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Children

Children. I love children. Their purity. Innocence. Simplicity. They are amazed by the simplest things – the landing of a fly, the hiding and sudden appearance of a face, a silly voice. They are entertained by the simplest things – a popping bubble, the “choo-choo” of a spoon coming towards their mouth, a feigned fall or trip. They are understanding of the most complex things – the feelings of another, the nonverbal cues of human interaction and communication. Children bring joy to everyone around them. They are constantly growing and eager to learn. They are frank and candid, full of life. Being with children can give you a new view or perspective. Talking with children can help you realize the importance of focusing on the little things in life that we, as adults, tend to let fly by without even a fleeting thought. Watching children sleep brings back eternal memories long forgotten, of angels and pure goodness and happiness. Seeing children grasp a new concept is a reminder of the fantastic and infinite capacity of the human mind to learn, grow, and expand continually. 

Gage and Jessica…

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Brigdon…

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Me…

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Quentin…

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Clara and Natalie…

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Lucas…

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Sevannah and Elizabeth…

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