True Story.Â This happened recently in a first gradeÂ class taught by my niece who lives in another state.
They had been studying farms, and that day’s focus had been pigs.Â They had read stories about pigs, they had drawn pictures of pigs, they had learned about products that come from pigs,Â and each child had written three sentences about pigs.
Later, as the class walked to lunch, Derek, a little boy with significant learning challenges, remarked to the teacher, “Mrs. Smith, I drew a cow!”
Mrs. Smith thought,Â “We’ve been talking about pigs, but you drew a picture of a cow.Â That’s just about par for the course.”Â She smiled warmyly at him and said, “That’s great, Derek.Â Tell me about your picture.”
With great enthusiasm, Derek said, “I drew a cow with a head and some spots, and. . . andÂ . . . “Â His little face frowned with thought as he searched for the right words.Â Using a frantic circular motion with his hands he indicated his nether regions and said, “You know – I have one; cows have many!”
I just wonder about what’s going through his mind when he drinks milk.