Day 3 of our kid’s crafting thinger and we are still just a little overwhelmed by the number of kids that come to this. Now, the craft is targeted towards ages 4-7, but I’m pretty certain that they don’t vet the skill level of the project with actual human children because they are almost always too complicated for the kid to do. Guaranteed.
What is usually easier to do is the little journal that we have them work on while we’re trying to make sure everyone is on the same page.
… some of the journal entry prompts are even difficult for the intended age group since most of them are just starting to learn how to read.
And the prompt for ‘alphabet day’ was to write your name and then write words describing you using the letters of your name.
Which brings us to Gloria.
“I don’t know what this means,” says Gloria… who is precocious for a five-year-old.
“Well, let’s start with writing your name,” I offer helpfully.
So she writes G-L-O-R-I-A. (That song is going to be stuck in my head for the next week.)
“Okay, so what can you think of that starts with a G?”
“Ummmm…. Gloria!” Oh good, she’s already learned Dadaism.
“Okay, that’s good. Can you think of another word?”
“How about… great?”
“YEAH!” She writes down ‘grate.’ Okay.
“Now what starts with L?”
“We could do… Loveable?”
She writes down ‘love.’ Close enough. She starts filling in the rest of the thing and I think… you know maybe she’s got it. So I start helping the other kids with their projects because pom poms are complicated.
Her mom comes back and she’s very excited to show off what she did. The first thing she shows off is her journal entry.
“Oh! This is…Gloria, what is this?”
“We were supposed to write our name and write words that describe ourselves!” So Gloria tells us how she wrote her name.
“Grate Love Opera Rose Igloo Apple.”
Mom is a little confused, but it’s clear that she’s used to this kind of expression.
“I think you’re the BEST opera rose igloo apple.”