Working with four- and five-yrear-olds is a constant source of entertainment.
I cut out two green construction paper trees and labeled one "Real" and the other "Fake". During circle time, as a discussion prompt, I asked each child to tell us if their family had put up a tree over the Thanksgiving weekend. I then wrote their name on the appropriate tree. Well. Guess what? Today's youth haven't heard enough fairytales, because I was faced with a group of confused expressions.
One girl adamantly stated, "My tree is a real Christmas tree."
I said, "Is it a real, live tree or a plastic, fake tree?"
Frowning deeper, she said, "It is a real Christmas tree!"
I dug a little deeper and asked, "Do you put water in the tree base? Or, did you take it out of a big box
and jam the tree limbs into a pole?"
Understanding flooded her face as she cried, "Oh! We have a BIG box!!".
Sometimes, I have to turn away, bite my lip and laugh. !