The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four -
of secondary importance is to prepare for being five.
~Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook, 1985
We were sitting at circle time and the children were sharing events of the night before and recalled what they did. There is a low hum of chatter as we all talk and shared our experiences before I begin a formal lesson.
“Hey, I really want to share-d something.” Lilly blurted above the din, “I went to a Mexican Restaurant last night and now I know Spanish!”
We all began clapping and cheering.
“That’s pretty good a-cause my sister has to go-ed to school for it.” One boy said patting Lilly’s back.
“Well, Lilly,” I said, “May we hear a sample of Spanish? We would love to hear what you’ve learned.”
“Goody!” She chirped. “I will sing-ah you all a song.” Lilly stood up and smoothed out her Dora the Explorer dress.
“Happy birthday to you-CHA-CHA-CHA!”
“Happy Birthday to you-CHA-CHA-CHA!”