#sol17- February 14, 2017
A new student started about two weeks ago with very limited English. As is always our custom on day 1 with new students we introduce ourselves in class (even if they can not understand most of what we say they may catch a familiar word or at least see us smiling at them). As I introduced myself briefly the other students were filling in the blanks. “I am Ms. Victor and my favorite color is-“
“Purple!” they chimed in.
“I love chocolate, but my favorite thing of all is -“
“BOOKS!” they shouted.
We went around the circle and I thought nothing more of the quick introduction until today.
R. was working with the EAL teacher and I stopped by. They were practicing color names and after asking him a few I asked him what his favorite color was. He looked at me and made this sign:
and said, “Like you.”
“Purple?” I asked.
He smiled shyly and I was shocked- he had remembered our hand sign for agreeing and he remembered a comment I thought he may have not even understood from two weeks ago. These small connections- signs to me that he is taking in more than I know!
These kids never cease to amaze me!