Today was a great day. My back hurt, I was tired, and it was still a great day. Why? Well, I got the best news today. Not really news so much as a revelation. As many of you know, we recently switched preschools to be a bit closer to home and also expose our son to more of the Swedish language. Lo and behold, that decision paid off.
Midday, just as I was debating on whether I really had time for a nap, a notification popped up on my phone screen. It was from Pluttra, the program the preschool uses to send pictures and videos from the school day. We donâ€™t get a notification every day, but whenever we do, it is always a surprise. Todayâ€™s notification related to a video featuring our son introducing lunch to his classmates. You see, each day one of the students rings the bell signaling lunch and then tells the others what they will be eating. Today was our sonâ€™s turn.
As the video began, we heard the teacher asking a question in Svenska (presumably asking our son to introduce the meal). The little guy promptly responded by making eye contact with his table mates and then pointing to each dish in turn and providing the Svenska name for the food. There were about five different foods on the table. He correctly listed all but one in Svenska, correcting the last after prompting from his teacher. Following his presentation he said â€œvarsÃ¥godâ€. This is â€œyou are welcomeâ€ in Svenska. It is also the same phrase used when you are provided just about any service or item. He definitely used it in the correct context.
I cheered! Aloudâ€¦by myself. Couldnâ€™t help it really.
Itâ€™s been two weeks now that his teachersâ€™ have been speaking Svenska exclusively with him and already the progress is astounding. Children have the most amazing minds. When I was younger I had no idea of my capabilities. Now I truly understand why we use the phrase â€œlimitless potentialâ€. Watching that video, I was reminded that the entire world is open to my child, to our children. We just have to give them the opportunity to discover it.
Until next time…