Thursday, September 22, 2005
When my son was 4, I enrolled him in one of the classes that being offered in his school. For 10 days he will learn all about popular children stories such as snow white, 3 little pigs, etc.
Beside listening to the stories, they will also do the stories and makes some crafts related to them. Everybody has fun in this class even the teacher, well, until my son start trying to find the hole in her story that is.
I heard about this not from my son's teacher herself but from her assistant.
The story went like this. The teacher was telling the story about the 3 little pigs to the children and they all listened. At the end of the story, she summarized her story by telling the children the merrit about building a house with brick instead of straws and sticks ( woods ). While other children readily agreed with her, my son lift his hand ( a bad sign! ) and said " Well... it's true that a house made from brick is stronger, but the wolf can still blow it up because isn't that the door made from wood ??? "
From what I heard from the assistant, the teacher couldn't contradict my son logic.... poor teacher.....
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Once upon a time, there was a boy named Tony who just love to talk so much. He never stop talking from the time he opens his eyes in the morning till he closes his eyes at night. Even while he is brushing his teeth he still talking! He was too busy talking until he did not hear when his mommy asked him if he prefer fried egg or pancakes for his breakfast. Even after his mom asked him for the third time, he still did not answer his mom so finally his mom made him fried eggs for his breakfast. But Tony hates fried eggs, he loves pancakes, so he told his mom to make him pancakes, but his mom said "It's too late now to make pancakes, just eat the fried eggs and go to school!". Tony only eats a little bit of the fried eggs because he doesn't like the taste.
Every morning, Tony's father will drive him to school, and before they get into the car, his father remind him to bring his lunch box with him. But Tony was too busy talking "bla...bla...bla..bla...bla..." that he did not hear what his father said and he left his lunch box at home.
In the school, Tony never stop talking to his friends and his teachers and because of that he never hear the teacher's stories and he never learn to read or count. All his friends already know how to read and they can count till 100.
When it's time for lunch, all his friends open their lunch boxes and start eating their lunches but Tony forgot to bring his lunch box so he can only drink water from the school's water cooler.
Right after lunch time, the teachers bring all the students outside to play while they are waiting for their parents to pick them up. Since all Tony does everyday is talking, his friends do not want to listen to him because they rather play in the playground instead. But Tony doesn't care, he will talk to the trees if nobody wants to listen to him!
When Tony's father showed up to pick him up, he told Tony not to forget to bring his jacket back but Tony who still busy talking to the tree did not hear him.
At home, Tony's mom told him to take a nap, but while he is on the bed, Tony still talking to his teddy bear until it's time for dinner!
When Tony's mom going to prepare dinner, she asked Tony if he wants her to cook something for him but Tony did not hear her since he is busy talking to his toys! So she made some seafood dish. When it's time for dinner, Tony only eat a little bit of the seafood dish that his mom made because he doesn't really like seafood.
The next day, Tony did exactly the same as yesterday, and he still did that for the next couple days. Until one day he came down with the flu, he has runny nose and sore throat because he never take a nap, he never wears his jacket, and he always eat so little.
For the first time, Tony is not able to talk! He can only listen, nod and shake his head!
In the morning, Tony's mom asked him which one he prefer to eat, pancakes or fried eggs and this time since he couldn't talk, he heard what she said and he nod when she mention pancakes. Tony loves pancakes, so he ate them all!
Then when his father told him to bring his lunch box, since he could not talk, he heard that as well, so for the first time, Tony did not forget to bring his lunch box with him.
In the school, for the first time too Tony listen to his teacher's story and he was surprise because the teacher's story is really fun to listen to. His teacher is telling the students about Pinguins and Tony loves pinguins because they are so cute! Since he coudn't talk, Tony listen and learn how to read and count to 100. He finally able to catch up with his friends!
When it's time to have lunch, Tony ate his lunch together with all his friends and later he even play with them instead of busy talking to the trees!
Tony's father showed up and like usual he told Tony to bring his jacket back home and he did.
At home, he listen to his mom when she told him to take a nap.
When his mom was going to prepare dinner, she asked him to choose what kind of food that he wanted to eat, meatloaf of fish, and he nod his head when she mentioned meatloaf again. That night, Tony ate so much because he loves meatloaf!
Because Tony ate so much , then he wore his jacket, and he took a nap, he recovered from his cold fast. He can start talking again. But Tony also found out that he gain a lot more by listening more. He can eat the food he loves at home! He can enjoy his lunch together with his friends in the school! He never feels too tired again because he nap! He never feels cold anymore because he always remember to bring his jacket home! And surprise...surprise.... he enjoys listening to his teachers' stories and he finally can read his favorite story books on his own!
Sure... Tony still loves to talk....but now, he listens too.....
Most of the night, my husband always tell my son some made up stories before he sleep. Last night, my son asked me to tell him a story. At first my mind was completely blank, but slowly the story just came out little by little.
The inspiration of this story is my son. He LOVES to talk. Since he opens his eyes in the morning until he closes his eyes at night. I called him "TALKANDTALK" sometimes. I used the name Tony because Tony is my son's friend at school who happen to talk as much as my son does so this story did not offend my son and made him defensive. He actually loves this story, he thinks it's so funny and he learn from it. Or at least I think he is.....well....
Saturday, September 10, 2005
When my son was not even 3 years old yet, one day he found a blue ball on our front yard. He went back inside the house and with excitedly he showed me the ball. "Look mama, I found this ball on our front yard!". Since I was busy cooking, I only glanced at him and said, "Well, that's nice!"
My son went back to the front yard to play with the ball while I also went back to my cooking. But after I thought about it, I realized that now is a good time to teach him about respecting other people's stuff. So I called him back. When he came back, I asked him if the ball belong to him and he said no. I told him that the ball must belong to one of the neighbour kids because both of my neighbours have children around 5 to 7 years of age. I asked Kai Kai if one day he accidently lost his ball will he feel sad, and he said yes. I reminded him of the time when he lost his pinguin doll in the park and how sad he was at that time. So I told him to put the ball in open space in our front yard so if the owner saw it, he/she can pick it up. Just like any 2.5 yrs old, my son refused to give that ball back. I thought, well maybe he is just too young and plus I am busy cooking, so I let him played with the ball again.
About 10 minutes later, he ran back to the kitchen with that ball again and he said "Mama... since I found this ball in our yard, that means this ball belong to me now!" Wow.... I believe it does actually, I mean, if you dig your yard and then your found a case of gold, won't that belong to you? What ever you found in your property belong to you right? Even a 2.5 yrs old know that....
I told my son like this,"Well I think you are right that ball belongs to you now, but remember when you lost your pinguin doll and you feel so sad? Just imagine the owner of that ball feeling right now. He must feel sad too, right? Don't you pity him for loosing his precious toy? So I think it is still better if you leave that ball outside for the boy to find it back" But his answer still the same "NO!" And he ran back outside to play.
10 minutes went by and suddenly he burst back to the kitchen. He said "But mama... isn't it his own fault for playing with the ball so carelessly until he lost it?" I guess what he wanted to say was it's the boy's fault for loosing his own ball. Then I answered him back like this "Sure, it's his fault for being not too carefull when he play with his toy, but... how many times have you not carefull with your toys also but somehow I always save your toys? So why don't you do the same to that boy?" My son look at me and without saying anything he went back to play again outside.
Not long after, maybe another 10 - 15 minutes he walk to the kitchen again and said "OK mama, I want to give the ball back to the owner, but which one is the owner? How would I know who I have to give back this ball to?" I looked at his face and his face looks so happy for making the right decision to be a good boy. So I took his hand and we walked to each of our neighbour's front doors and knocked....