Today I sat down with some bright kindergarten girls for guided reading. We were about to dive into a book about one of our favorite characters- a golden retriever named Danny. In this particular book Danny and his dog friend Abby play tag in the grass after Dad mows the lawn. I know, riveting, right? (Don't mock it, we DIE for Danny books in kindergarten).
Since none of the girls live in houses with yards I wasn't sure that they'd have the schema to know what the man in the picture was doing with the grass. Suspecting this could interfere with their reading I showed them the picture of the character mowing the lawn and asked them what he was doing.
Finally one girl said, "Wait, I know this, he's, he's...." she gestured frantically... "breaking the grass!"
I adore listening to kids learning English find ways to describe what their thinking. I think "breaking the grass" is extremely accurate.
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During snack I plopped down beside some kindergarten boys to try to work on answering questions on topic.
"What do you celebrate at your house?" I asked.
"Santa Claus!" one answered, proudly. "My family doesn't celebrate Christmas, we celebrate Santa."