My class this morning were involved in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program of gardening, cooking and then eating what they created.
I made assumptions that boys and girls of a certain age would know certain things. Boy, was I wrong.
I assumed that they would all know how to use a knife and fork. They don’t. I assumed that they would know how to push the plug down to fill the sink with water and wash up. Nope. I assumed that they would know to wait for everyone to be seated before ploughing into their food. Nuh-uh. And biggest of all, I assumed that they would know what pumpkin tastes like. Wrong again- they had no idea.
It just goes to show- you can’t assume anything.
This is why I believe that you have to also teach manners- for some kids it’s not that they choose to be disrespectful, it’s that they were simply never taught what and when to use their pleases, thank yous and excuse mes.
Have you ever had an experience where you assumed a child would know something, and they just didn’t?