I enjoy the contrast in my guest (substitute) teaching work. Yesterday I had challenging seventh-grade boys and today I had 4-year-olds at pre-K.
The little ones are a challenge to keep in a line to get down the hall but they are so cute and loving!
One of the things that fascinates me is they have not yet lost their creativity and imagination. They build with blocks and tear down their creations repeatedly to start over.
I participated in one little girl’s play acting today. When I questioned on her on a couple of points she looked up at me and commanded, “Pretend!” Her tone came across like “get with it!” 🙂
One of my favorite memories of pre-K though is when a little blonde haired girl wanted me to play in the sand with her. I went over and shoveled sand into the bucket and we built a built a structure together. At one point she looked up at me and said, “I like you!”
At one point she looked up at me and said, “I like you!”
I said, “Well, I like you too!”
A few minutes later she said,”I really really like you!”
I don’t know that I’ve ever had anybody tell me that they really, really like me.
But that sweet little blonde haired girl won my heart!
We can learn a lot from watching the little ones. We can learn to let ourselves love more freely, exercise our imagination and create without fear of making mistakes!