Rarely does a week go by in my first grade classroom without something that makes me smile.
I have been working with one child who is having real difficulty with math, he has still not mastered addition and subtraction. We work together almost everyday, and I only hope he eventually will really “get ” it. I also realized this week he is one of the youngest in class, while most have turned 7, he just made the cut off and won’t turn 7 until September. He does seem younger than many of the other students in class, he runs out of gas faster, asks for snack before the others do. This may be part of the problem with math too, he is just not ready for it. One day this week I was preparing some materials to work with him, while he was standing there waiting for me at the teacher’s desk. The teacher’s chair is a large comfortable swivel chair with arms, next to the desk. He sat down in it, and I heard him saying “I hope this is ok” and then asked if it was ok. I said yes, the back of the chair was to me and out of the corner of my eye I could see he had started a slow and steady spin from side to side in the chair. I then heard him say, not really to me or anybody, just sort of to himself, in a dreamy kind of voice:
” I could do this all day”
I started to silently smile to myself. All I could think was I bet you could-it would be a lot more fun than trying to figure out that 9-6=3. So I let him spin a minute more before we got down to the business of math.