Kids’ Reminder: K.I.S.S.

CUTE ALERT! CUTE ALERT! CUTE ALERT! (K, just had to get that outta my system…plus! I’m sure that was an attention grabber…)

One of my many mottos is:  “Simplicity is Bliss.” I just see no use in complicating things if need not be. Life as it is, and all things questioned-marked that comes with it, hits us with enough trivial pursuits to keep us dizzy for days….. so why not kick it back to basics whenever we can.

The other day, I had the pleasure of observing a prospective teacher conduct a demo lesson to my Grammar class. (Fun and interesting for me to see how my lil babies act and react to a foreign adult in the front of their classroom.) Now, I gave her a brilliant class of students and the content was easy enough. I had her review super, “piece of cake” (as my kids would get a giggle out of saying) work to warm them up; That is, I had her review the usage of End Punctuations (period, question mark and exclamation point), before she got into the real lesson of the day on identifying Subjects in sentences. Superdee-duper, easy-schmeezy stuff from the wayyy top of the school year.

Anyhoots, I’ll give her kudos on attempting to engage my kiddos with some visuals  (as since, I’m a proponent for balanced literal/creative lessons…use of visuals, etc.): She went ahead and drew a stick-figured boy named “John” on the left side of chalkboard. In the middle, a park setting: some trees, flowers, a bee, a butterfly…..and on the far right, a girl named “Jenny.” Follow? (I wish I had taken a  picture to share, but didn’t have my camera on me, nor had I planned on having something worthy to photograph on that day; But, oh well!  Dig down for the kid in you and use your imagination!)

Next, she asked the students to give her an example of a statement, a question and an exclamation of  what the boy might say to girl or vice versa. Like to hear it? Here it goes!….

Statement

Little boy Alex (Spanish/Chinese cutie), raises his hand and says: “Hello, my name is John.”

Question

Super smart, straight A+ Gloria (Canadian/Chinese), raises her hand and says: “How are you doing today?”

Exclamation

Twinkle-Eyed and Dimple-Faced Maddalena (Italian/Chinese), raises her hand with her naturally,  infectious smile (with a few teeth missing of course) and shouts: “WOW! I like you!” :-D

………….. SEE HOW SIMPLE THINGS CAN BE (TO A KID)??!!

There’s definitely a few things we can pick up from our lil’ munchins: their innocence, their honesty, their optimism. As grown kids, let’s bring it back to basics and K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple Stupid. :-)

“A Kiss To Build A Dream On” by Louis Armstrong (1951)

. . don’t burn the day. .

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