The climb

**This post was shared in my Facebook page on August 17.

I hand out strips of paper.
‘Teacher, what is this for?’ 

“We’re doing some spelling. I will say the word and you spell on the paper.”

I start with 4 words. Then 4 more. I hand out more strips of paper.

‘Hah teacher! Some more?’

“Yes.”

I throw in a smile and continue with 8 more words.

Next class. I hand out strips of paper.

‘Laaaa teacher. I don’t want to do this.’

“Why?”

‘I don’t want.’

I keep the class going. I find a window of opportunity to talk to her.

“Why you don’t want to do spelling?”

‘I don’t like it.’

“If you write the words you need to spell, you will remember faster.”

She looks down disapprovingly.

Next class. I hand out strips of paper. No grunts or complains from anyone.

At the end of class, everyone has to pay the toll. How much? One correctly spelled word.

It’s the girl’s turn.

“Spell whiskers.”

‘W-H-I-S-K-E-R-S’

“Yeay!!!! See what happens when you write the word down?”

She grins, gives me a high five and skips off.

Next class. I hand out strips of paper.

‘Yeay!!!’

Want to guess who said that yeay?

Children, all they need is to understand what they do. They just want to know that it makes sense.

Well, don’t we all?

#littlegirlwithamillionwords

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