Ok, I spend (t) my time with 17 year-olds. LOVE high school juniors. I've always said that this is the best year in high school so as their teacher, I get to see them at their best. They are invested in getting to graduation; they've begun to see the goal and what lies beyond; they join the clubs, excel in the sports, run the newspaper; and they've matured just enough to be really clever.
But elementary? I guess I forgot. I've spending a few weeks with two AMAZING grade schoolers. And it's about Drew, the 4th grader, that I want to chat.
He's a reader. He's been a reader. Mom mentions that she restricts their media time and sends them out to play. They ride bikes and run around after homework. And when bed time comes, both curl up with a book or two until they turn out the light.
Last week, with the 4th grader, it was something every day. "We learned about idioms today. Do you know what an idiom is?"
"It's sayings like "push your buttons,"and "getting up on the wrong side of the bed."
That's right. Then, later, we asked again. He came up with several more.
Then it was metaphors and similes. "We learned about these today."
Oh, really? Your gamma was STILL teaching this to kids 8 years older than he is.
"Yes." (Mom taught them to say YES, not yeah. Andy is teaching them to say, "Yes, ma'am." Like proper Texans.
"Rain is like tears."
Again, later, we asked. He got another.
Then, I was reading and came across the word "metaphor." Always the teacher, I called Drew over and pointed out the word. "See, here it is."
This was not enough. "But why? What is your book about? What's the metaphor?"
So I read to him.... he read with me... about putting on the whole armor of God. "OH, so the part of the armor are things like 'truth.'"
Yes, that's right.
It makes my head spin, he is learning so much so fast. And, I'm having a ball.