WE COVER VOCABULARY associated with family relationships – parent, grandparent, child, mother, father, son, daughter, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. For several days, we practice sentences:
I have ___ children, ___ son(s) and ___ daughter(s).
I have ___ brothers and ___ sisters.
My mother’s name is ____.
It’s high energy! Everyone works hard to learn each word – its meaning, its spelling, its pronounciation. The “th” in ‘mother,’ ‘father’ and ‘brother’ take practice. I OVERpronounce, pointing at how my tongue is against my upper teeth.
“Let’s say it together five times: Mother, mother, mother, mother, mother.”
We review, we speak, we write. No surprise, that in the quieter moments that follow, there are tears, scattered, muffled, heads bowed or looking the other way.
It’s because of those not seen anymore.
It’s because of those left behind.
It’s because of those lost and gone.
We feel bad for having brought up the topic, but the vocabulary is important. Perhaps getting some tears out in a safe place is a first step toward health.
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YESTERDAY we moved on to the concept of “I like” and “I don’t like.” We make lists and share them, taking turns speaking. We like and don’t like various foods, activities and weather.
Nobody likes “baby sick.” Nods all around the table on that one.
A Syrian woman has on her DON’T LIKE list: “War.”
A Cuban woman has on her LIKE list: “Peace.”
“Thank you,” says the Syrian woman.