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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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American Sign Language

As you may or may not know….I am passionate about American Sign Language (ASL). There are many times when I feel ASL can express things so much better than English can.
I believe that ASL is the natural language of the Deaf and that instruction in ASL in schools is key to the success of Deaf students, just as learning the English language was key to my success in school.

I encourage you to sign the ASL petition below. It just takes a few minutes. You do not have to be Deaf to sign it. You do not have to know ASL to sign it. Anyone can. SO PLEASE sign… we need about 4,000+ more signatures by December 12th.

Click here to sign the petition

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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