White and blue classroom with one small window in the corner. 3 small tables sitting in close proximity to each other. Each table has one adult and 5 children under five but over three….yes they are four years old. It was snack time and we were munching on apples and naan bread, sipping beverages of milk and water.
The purpose of snack is not the obvious. Nutrition and hunger satisfaction is not a primary concern. It is imperative that a healthy snack is provided, but the PURPOSE of snack time is to generate conversation and have the four year olds relate personal experiences. I think that goal was achieved today.
After labeling all the items on the table, food was passed around and the children served themselves. It was silent at my table. I mean you could hear crickets 40 miles away. I initiated conversation by asking about pets. Who had a puppy or a cat at their house? Silence. More apples were passed around. about 5 minutes later a girl – Who I will call Child 1- pipes up with “I have a rabbit”.
Me: Oh really? What’s your rabbits name?
Child 1: Fleosjfjrgssgjbkg
Me: Pardon me? Can you tell me again?
Me: (thinking hmmm… I have no idea) What a great name for a rabbit! What do you feed it? Cookies?
Child 1: Rabbit food
Then Child 2 pipes up with a food related question. (Of course this is great news, keeping the story lines connected, everyone is on the same topic)
Child 2: Do you have milk in your Ta-tas?
My eyes popped out of my head.
Me: Pardon me? What did you say? (thinking I heard it wrong)
Child 2: Do YOU HAVE MILK N YOUR TA-TAS?
Me: No I do not. I don’t have any babies at home.
Child: Mommy is going to let her milk dry up too. The babies are too big now.
Then we got back to the pressing story of what rabbits eat. In case you are wondering what “rabbit food” is, Child 1 said it’s grass and pellets with carrots on Saturday… Now you know.