My assistant was a great help that first year in helping me transition – and helping the kids to understand me. I soon realized that the word “ten” was not a good example of the short “e” sound, as they all said “tee-in” every time. And she helped translate for the kids when I told them we’d have popcorn and pop one day for a movie time… they stared blankly until she explained I meant “soda.”
|The pointer wasn't quite this big,|
After “candy,” “SODA,” and “chocolate” had all been mentioned, we hit a lull. I thought for a minute myself, then excitedly shared my own. “You know what one of my favorite things to eat is? It’s SO bad for your teeth, but oh, it’s so delicious! Elephant Ears!!!”
You would have thought a bomb had gone off in my classroom. Every kid sitting criss-cross on my carpet jumped at least a foot off the ground and stared at me as if I’d gone crazy. After a communal gasp, they all turned to each other and started twittering about… something.
I was clueless.
Once again, my amazing, faithful assistant came to the rescue.
“Wait a minute, friends. Elephant ears are kind of like funnel cakes. You know, like you get at the fair. Except they don't have elephant ears here in NC, only up North.”
“Miss Lucas, you had me worried! I was so scared. I thought you meant you really ate elephant ears, like the ones we saw on the elephants at the zoo last week!”
Oh dear. Glad we cleared up another misconception – and that yet another element of cultural understanding could unintentionally be brought into the first grade curriculum!
Photos found at: www.thisnext.com, http://sugarmamabakingco.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/recipe-elephant-ears/, and http://www.freewebs.com/lacyrichmond/elephant.htm