When I was in kindergarden and primary school, I learnt A is for apple, B is for boy, C is for cat, ...
In addition, the classes in school were named after something. For example, primary one classes were 1 Melur (1M), 1 Cempaka (1C) and 1 Teratai (1T). Usually, we would stay in the same class, as there was no streaming.
As I was in 1C, my second year I was in 2C, third year 3C and so on.
By the way, all those words are in Malay and they are names of flowers. Melur is jasmine and Teratai is lotus.
And I was in an all boys' school. Go figure.
When I went to secondary school, the classes names were colours. The classes were streamed according to the colours of the rainbow.
As such, no one from my school would ever forget the colours of the rainbow in order - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
Apparently nowadays, kids are smarter. So the classes have to have more erm ... more intelligent and difficult names.
I was at a colleague's house recently and we were talking to his 7-year old niece. She is in Primary 1. Her class is 1A.
You wouldn't believe what A stands for. I would never have guessed either.
I heard something that sounded like "threesome".
Anyway, A actually stands for Altruism.
Heck, I only learnt that word like ... last year or the year before!
It gets better. The classes are until J, so here are the names of the classes.
B = Benevolence
C = Charity
D = Diligence
E is for Empathy.
F is not for friendship, but Faith.
G is not for generosity, but Grace.
H is not honesty, but Hope. (Do I smell a hint of evangelicalism?)
I is not intelligence, but Integrity.
And last but not least, J is for Joy.
Even though she doesn't know the meaning of the words, except for Hope and Joy, still it is amazing that she can pronounce all of them correctly.
Kids these days are smart. Or maybe school these days are just highfaluting.