Sunday, April 26, 2009
A Rainbow Unlike Any Other!
All the children in my son's kindergarten class were painting rainbows. They were provided with paints in the six colors of the rainbow. (Yes, six! Not seven, as we were taught in India when we were kids.)
As I've mentioned before, I volunteer in my son's classroom twice a week and happened to be around when they were doing this particular project. I instructed the kids to paint in the order of the rainbow colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple. Most of the kids accepted it without argument and turned in some beautiful rainbows.
My son, however, is a big fan of traffic lights. In our little town, he knows each light that is broken or not working. He can differentiate between the different types of lights: LED or just plain colored glass, and knows which intersection has which. So, when it was his turn to paint, he insisted that the colors should go Red, Yellow and Green! On the rainbow! I had to explain that this was a normal rainbow and not a traffic signal and he couldn't paint it red, yellow and green. Thankfully, he agreed after a little persuasion.
Then I moved on to other kids and other projects and by the time I came back to my son, he had already painted his rainbow (See picture). I looked at it for a while and when I couldn't make sense of it, I asked him to explain his "different looking" rainbow. He said, "There was no room for the last three colors, so I painted three little ones with them!" What do you say to such reasoning? I reminded him once again of the times we'd seen rainbows and asked him to think about what they really looked like.I even thought of making him re-do the whole thing but then, I decided that this was a unique rainbow This is how my son drew it and it's special for me! So here it is...
Note: This morning we were practising 'opposites'. After the usual, up/down, come/go, in/out etc., he asked me what's the opposite of 'side'. I was flummoxed. 'Side'? "The Other Side!" he exclaimed triumphantly, while I smiled and made a mental note of writing it down..