This is Patrick, he is from an English family living in a middle-class suburb in a large city.
Hello, my name is Patrick.
Patrick’s family all love reading. His first toys include baby books and educational toys... to bath with, to chew on and to play reading.
Patrick, hand Mommy the B-block, and the C-block…..
His mother reads him bed-time stories, his grandfather tells him lots of stories and his dad just loves singing nursery rhymes and kiddies songs with Patrick in the car.
Baa baa black sheep
Patrick often goes on play-dates with other English friends and starts going to Woolly Rabbit Nursery school at the age of three.
Up to the age of four, Patrick is helped by his mom, grandmother and all his primary caretakers to learn about everything that a little boy can be exposed to. He is often encouraged to learn new things and tell his family and friends about what he learned. He is mainly exposed to English and communicates more fluently every day.
English ENGLISH ENGLISH
Well done my boy!
By the time Patrick is ready to go to Big School, he is a well-spoken little boy mastering 2700 words in his home language. He does not miss anything said around him and is not shy to respond with smart comments. If he hears someone speaking broken English, he giggles...
The uncle is talking funny.
Patrick perfectly masters the skill of reading in the first few months of his first school year. Teacher Johnny makes sure that Patrick is well-drilled in matching sound and ‘picture’ of letters and words – all in English, of course.
Find the lion.
Learning to write is a formality for Patrick with a perfectly developed sound system and now knowing all the symbols of sounds learnt in reading. By Christmas time, Patrick is tasked to write all the invitations to the family, the seating name-cards and the names of the gift recipients on behalf of Father Christmas!
Leaving the foundation phase, Patrick is on par with the language and numeracy outcomes expected of a mother tongue learner. Having learnt to read successfully, he is now geared to read to learn for the rest of his life!
Patrick is a normal boy – some days, school is boring, with only the sports at break worth waiting for. But discovering the adventure section of the library,tops it all for him. His parents gave him a great big room with all the best books to choose from. He works his way through the adventures of the Wizard of Oz, Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory,also Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The Harry Potter series really grips him and he reads all the books and nags to see the movies too. Then he gets hooked on all the Percy Jackson books...
In secondary school, Patrick gets a bit distracted with playing sport and getting to know girls, of course, but he manages to keep the academic marks high enough to keep his dad out of his hair. He gets away by being attentive in class and skimming through the work the night before a test!
Patrick chooses to apply to the university where his dad and grandfather graduated. Getting a bachelor’s pass is not a concern, rather he aims to qualify for selection to study engineering.
Patrick likes Dumisa, his roommate on their first day at varsity.
Wonderful to meet you Dumisa, my name is Patrick.
Patrick fully enjoys the social life but manages to keep the balance with good average marks. He does not really understand why Dumisa never socialises, and always studies for the next test.
All work and no play makes Dumisa a dull boy!
Patrick graduates in the required four years and enters the world of work! He is already thinking of continuing his studies part-time…
I did it, what a great adventure!
#privilegedpatrick STOP and think!
His first day at school is all he has dreamed of – Teacher Johnny is the smartest and Patrick is more than eager to learn to read and write!... in English, of course.