I am concerned about a song sheet that be sent home with my four-year-old son this afternoon (9/24/07) from Watkins Early Childhood Development (a federal funded program) . It is call "Poems, Fingerplays, and Songs". The themes are inherited, friends, and feelings. The hum in cross-question reads as follows:
See my family unit? See them all?
(hold up adjectives five fingers)
Some are short (hold up thumb)
Some are tall (hold up middle finger)
Let's shake hand. "How do you do?"
(grasp hands and shake)
See them bow? "How are you?"
Father, (hold up middle finger)
Mother, (hold up pointer finger)
Sister, (hold up ring finger)
Brother, (hold up thumb)
And Me, (hold up pinkie finger)
It appears that within the first and third verses, preschool- age children are qualified to hold up an almost universal sign of disrespect. This be sent home with preschoolers contained by this program nationwide. Tomorrow (9/25/07) our nation children will be taught to hold up their middle fingers while wise saying "father"-- in a arts school system where God cannot be mentioned. How have this happened?
The teacher are apparently unaware of what thay own sent (My cousin is a teacher at Watkins). This shows unmindful behaviour on every even of the school system and possible below par intent. Please adress this issue as you see fit.
Answers: I can't believe nobody noticed this...and it's visibly intentional.
It's not the natural response when holding up one finger to hold up the middle finger first. It's more comfortable to put up the index finger first, next the middle. The middle finger is least dominant subsequent to the ring finger (especially in kids who don't usually hold any experience in flashing it within traffic).
Babies may raise their middle finger and use it more dominantly, but by a time a child reach school, they've already started erudition index and thumb dominance.
There's no reason to use the middle finger first within this poem, and there's no way it's not intentional. Try putting up your middle finger, after the index, then the ring finger. Hard, isn't it? So why would someone own children with controlled finger dexterity trying to?
You know, I can see where they're coming from on that, and I know how they would probably maintain it. That is, that children at that age haven't yet intellectual that the middle finger is a show of disrespect and when they do it in innocence, within shouldn't be any problem with that.
But I know as powerfully as you do that that's naive. And even pig-headed, since they can't believably claim they didn't make out. And obviously they made the outcome to publish it anyway.
I don't suppose I would be angry about it, but I am clearly puzzled. The only article that does irritate me about it is that a guru at that school would be unconscious of what she herself sent home.
I can't believe what a negative u hold turned this into.. The child will have surely no understanding of the concept and even so here u are putting a horrible spin on it... This song and finger actions is outstandingly well used and loved surrounded by probably most preschools around the world. Let the children be children.. they will learn soon adequate the meaning at the rear the term, hopefully alot further down the track next to their schooling.. for now they are only having fun, singing songs and achievement finger co-ordination..
leave their innnocence
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