This post just came to me last night while I was talking to a friend about how when I get to work, I have ten 3 year-olds whose faces light up, scream “SUZY!”, and grab my leg. I was telling my friend that if everyone got that kind of greeting when they walked into their office, people would be so much happier. I have the best job in the world as far as I’m concerned and can’t believe I get paid at all. I get to play baseball every day with my buddy Maclin, hear about how Batman, aka Tobe, had a good sleep last night and caught tons of bad guys in his dream, have an intense discussion with Lola about how she has “7 bones in her body and oh yeah, also a new Dora umbrella”. I get to read Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss twelve times a day if I am asked to, and have dance parties where we get our shake on to local kids musician, Jeff Kagan. I get to help build huge block towers and play with Legos, paint pictures of horses, and pretend to eat “pizza cake” even though it’s 10am. I get to go to the Pumpkin Patch, and the Aquarium, and the Zoo…
and I actually do get paid for this.
Here at The Acorn School, we share a playground space with another school. We love the opportunity to collaborate with their teachers and get to know their children. So when one of their teachers brought out a bunch of metal cans, attached number labels to them, and said her students were rolling balls into them as a sort of counting, bowling game, we were thrilled to try it.
Not so much.
Our kids came out onto the playground, and if they didn’t rush as a pack to kick the cans all over the place, they immediately donned them as robot gear to play “Transformers”.
Of course, the other teacher and I were giggling hysterically about the whole thing. The spontaneity of both groups always gets a laugh and we have no preconceived notions of how our kids “should” play.
Not what we planned, but that’s always okay in my book. It seems the kids always come up with something better anyway.
If at first you don’t succeed…..I’ve mentioned somewhere on here before, that cliches exist for a reason. They’re true. So when these kids show me everyday that they will not give up until whatever they are working on is a success, the concept of trial and error comes to life on the playground.
Here’s the metal can “fence” to keep people from driving on the “unsafe icy road”. It wasn’t holding up in the conditions, otherwise known as a 3-year old girl who kept wrecking it.
Solution: fortify with as many other materials as they could find. “MORE” is always better!
As Bev Bos, one of kodokids favorite people, likes to say “Experience is not the best teacher, it is the only teacher!” and “trial and error”, and “if at first you don’t succeed, try again” apply here too.
If you’ve ever wondered how much these small people pick up on current events, wonder no longer. We held an election last week here at school and the level of awareness, the knowledge about the two candidates, and the requests of our next president were astounding and priceless for a group of 3 to 5 year olds…
We made picture ballots,
and asked everyone what they thought the President should accomplish in his term. Among the best responses, “Kill Lions”, “Make dragons breathe fire”, “I don’t know, I just want to play with a spider”, and “He needs to be around”.
The parents’ reactions to their child’s sometimes surprise voting preferences may have been the most amusing aspect of the day…..everything from “She needs to do some serious soul searching tonight” to “I’m giving him a 5 hour timeout!” All in good fun of course, because the most important lesson in all this is the trickle down effect of current events in the world, and that we shouldn’t underestimate our children’s level of understanding about these things.
“Me and the President”