Day: May 7, 2012

A Rock Obama

Because I get a kick out of trying to turn my preschoolers into “global citizens” at the tender age of three, we have a world map posted in the dance studio and every once in a while, I’ll trade Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes for a little civics lesson. “Where do we live?” I asked a few months ago. “Earth!” one of my particularly astute three year olds shouted. I’d been going for “Philadelphia,” or perhaps the “United State of America,” but I had to concede that she was in fact correct. “Very good,” I replied.  “We do live on earth.  But can anyone tell me what country we live in?” “A-rock Obama!” was their unanimous response. “Good guess!  But Barack Obama is the president of our country.  Can anyone tell me the name of our country?” After several well-intended but incorrect responses (Philadelphia, North Philly and “the ocean”), I finally cupped my hand to my ear, thereby signaling a temporary suspension of our usual “raise your hand” rule, and prompted “The United States of…???” …