Role Model Life is a regular series of posts submitted by our 10 Books A Home volunteer Role Models. This post was written by Barbara Millin.
Isabel's dad, who has been around for only about 4 of our 30 lessons and who speaks little or no English, became active in our lesson one day when I asked him to sit closer to us. I know Maricela, Isabel's mom, had told him he needs to be more involved with his daughter since he is home and Isabel is not in preschool, so I was happy to see him connect more. What first surprised me was when he gave an example for the letter "p" -"papa" and he encouraged Isabel to respond. I thought, "He is realizing he can be a teacher for Isabel." As we looked at a book about different careers, I asked if he did each of the kinds of work depicted. When we came to "teacher", he volunteered that he is Isabel's teacher.
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