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He Said What?! Conversations in a Preschool Class

“Guess what Mrs. Anne Marie?!” It’s four-year-old Jacob, interrupting me as I am helping another child in my preschool class write the ever-tricky letter “S.”

“What honey?”

“I have a Wii!” He says in his not-yet-perfect speech.

“You have to wee? Okay pumpkin, don’t forget to wash your hands when you’re done.” I turn my attention back to the child I was working with.

“No, Mrs. Anne Marie, I don’t have to go potty. I said I have a Wii.” He is a bit exasperated.

“You have a wee? Let’s not talk like that in school Jacob,” I say, in my warm-and-fuzzy firm voice.

“No, Mrs. Anne Marie,” pipes in Johnny, who is playing nearby in the blocks. “He said he has a Wii.”

“Yes, I heard him Johnny. No potty talk in school, boys.” I remind them again.

“You have a Wii?! So do I!” exclaims Ashley, as her head pops up from the Play-Doh cookies she was making.

I pause and listen as she asks Jacob which game he has and I get an “ah ha” moment.

“Could one of you tell me what a Wii is?” I ask them.

As they all talk at once, I figure out that Wii is a game system!

Maybe there should be a yearly class or at the very least an updated memo that keeps us oldsters up-to-date on these things!

(I changed the names of the children but it is a true story.)

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