I always joke with teachers at Caroline's school that they're in for a different experience when they get the second Bindel daughter in their class in a few years. Tonight, though, Elizabeth impressed a fifth grade teacher with her brains and wit.
Caroline's teacher and the fifth grade teacher partnered to read Dr. Seuss's Foot Book with a group during Seuss Night at the school. After the reading, they played a game where the ground was hot lava and the kids had to stay on cloth islands throughout the room. As soon as the instructions began, Elizabeth crawled into my lap and said, "I'm on a rock!" I don't remember what Elizabeth did next, but the teacher came over to me and commented how smart she was. As the game was wrapping up and getting challenging (the cloth islands kept disappearing, making finding safety more and more challenging), Elizabeth suggested they use their islands (which they were allowed to move with their feet) to make a bridge. My four year old impressed a fifth grade teacher. Smarty pants, indeed.