Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I Did it!

People, I did it. I went into that classroom and read a book in Portuguese to a group of 4 and 5 yr olds. And you know what, I did pretty damn good!

Of course Chatterbox started trying to correct my correct pronunciation. I almost pushed him out of the reading circle by his forehead but I felt that may be frowned upon. Seriously though, I did have to give him the Mommy look and whisper a "That's enough now." Smart boy though. No better time to totally mock Mom's language skills than in front of a group of people who are all watching her.

All and all it went well. The kids had moments of massive laughter and also a page or two of not too impressed. Overall the kids seemed to enjoy the book. I mean, how could this age group not like a story about Martians' love of underwear.

After reading I also managed to get them all riled up with an impromptu game of "Let's copy every movement Rachel makes." I noticed a girl copying me while her friends watched so I obviously started doing ridiculous things. Before I knew it I had the entire class jumping up and down like frogs and trying to pat their heads while rubbing their stomach. I freaking love this age!

Let's hope tomorrow's reading in The Menace's class goes just as well. 


  1. OMG, you should have videoed it so we could have watched it. LOL


  2. wwwoooopp! congratulations! im sure it's every kid's DREAM to correct their mom in front of their class! hehehehe.

  3. I agree with Shay...this would be hilarious to see! Congratulations on making it through with flying colors. Pretty funny about your son.

  4. Good for you. Rachel, grrl - you could make it through a mine field in Afganistan -- I'm sure future adventures will go just as well. boa sorte.

  5. Parabens! Your portuguese is perfect, just the way it is. Accents are great listening exercises for kids...they understand everything, even when making those faces....
    gringo teacher in Rio.

  6. Love the post. I would pay to see your son correcting you. Lol. I could just picture it.
    Rob Miller

  7. congratulation and Portuguese is a difficult language. but at least you can be proud of yourself