I was minding my own business when I eavesdropped on a group of children's conversation. They were about 3-4 years old. I couldn't help myself but to listen and observed them. They were too cute! Let me replay what I saw in an except below:
Sam walks to a group of peers and looks at what they are playing. They are some miniature animals on the floor like sheep, horse and cow. A girl, Kate is moving the animals about. Sam just looks at her play. Then another boy, Andrew, takes out two rubber fish from a container and put them on the floor with the sheep, horse and cow. Sam looks at the two fish and then he asks, “Where is the father?” Sophie looks up at Sam and replies, “The father is not here.” Then Sam points to one of the fish and says, “This is the father.” Sophie looks at Sam for a few seconds and then she looks at the fish again before she replies, “No it is not.” Kate looks at Sam and smiles before she turns to look at the other animals on the floor. Then Andrew takes out another fish from the container and immediately Sam says, “That’s the father.” Sophie and Kate look at the fish Andrew is holding and smile. Sophie looks up at Sam and says, “This is the father” while nodding her head in agreement. Sam smiles.
Don't you think they were cute? I think they were super cute! There's a lot to comment about this like what learning did they gain during that conversation? And noticed how the agreement between Sam and Kate motivated them to establish common ground? Maybe I'll talk more about this in some other post. For now, I'm going to rest dream about the family fish.