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how I manipulate my preschoolers’ impressionable young minds

Me: …..And after story time, it will be time to go home. Various students: Yay!!! Me: Oh, really? I think it’s kind of sad. I miss you guys when you aren’t here. Various students: (silent, puzzling this over) Me: I love it when we are all here together. Read More...

i want to drink beer with the new children’s librarian

Our local library has a new children’s librarian. The old one was good, but she went on maternity leave and didn’t come back, and her temporary replacement was a bit…hyper. We’d walk down the street for preschool storytime, and I would cringe watching Read More...

secret santa

We are doing Secret Santa again this year at work, and once again, I’m doubting my wisdom in choosing to participate. I have had good Secret Santas twice in all the years I have been doing this. This year, my Secret Santa tops them all for….bizarreness. Read More...

my little flirt

This morning at arrival time one of my blond boys said to me, “Mrs. X, you’re cute,” with a great big grin. “Oh, thank you,” I said. ”What makes me cute, exactly?” He didn’t know how to answer. After a brief pause, he grinned again, and said, “Mrs. X, Read More...

first week reflections

Me, to class in their ABC line: In one week we will start taking turns being the line leader and the caboose. Boy 1: Can I be the platypus? ***************** Me, to sad boy at dismissal: What’s wrong, honey? Boy 2: I got in trouble when I wouldn’t come Read More...

if the Giving Tree had a sassy *** friend

This little video is very funny and NSFW. I like the idea that follows — children’s literature heroines who are in serious need of a Sassy *** Friend. (And I have always thought the Giving tree needed an intervention; I hate that book. It always seemed Read More...

Me and Roald Dahl

This is a teacher blog. About teachers. And preschoolers. It’s not actually a blog about the late, great Roald Dahl. However, a single, toss-off pos t I wrote two years ago about a new comedy prize for children’s books named for Dahl has been my most Read More...

Pumpkin’s progress

Ahh, Pumpkin. He continues to be delightful every day. And he’s not quite the same person he was in September; he has come a loooong way. Today in the blocks corner he was with Raspberry and another girl, both of whom hate to put away the blocks, and Read More...

Cherry’s idea

So now EVERYONE who goes to the house corner is “pregnant.” Usually they use a bowl from the house corner dishes under their shirts. Yesterday it was a bunch of other girls — today, even the boys were expecting. Read More...

house corner is always exciting

During centers today I wanted to listen in on the interactions of the maybe-on-the-spectrum child in the house corner, so I sat at the adjacent art center and listened in. Then I pulled closer and asked some questions. Mrs. X: Who are you? What are you Read More...

smelly

We are learning about the Five Senses and I decided that this week, we should focus on one sense each day. Today was Smell Day. Last night I put various food items with distinctive scents into little plastic tubs, and today I sat at the science center Read More...

never a dull moment

So Pumpkin walks in the room and says to me, with a devilish grin on his face, “Bagina!” Um. While I tried to figure out how to respond, he said it again. “Bagina!” And he giggled. “Pumpkin, honey,” I said in a quiet voice. “That’s a private parts word. Read More...

legos

At centers time today a little boy who frequently has to go to the office with me to talk to our Spanish translator, S. (“your teacher says please pee IN the toilet; your teacher wants you to stop talking to your friends at morning meeting; your teacher Read More...

well, apple loves me

Just when you want to get good and grumpy, some preschooler goes and cheers you up. Apple is a cute, chubby, quiet little girl in my class. She speaks no English, and isn’t all that coherent in Spanish, either. (She may be heading for a special ed evaluation, Read More...

counting with Pumpkin

So, on a lighter note, I tried working with Pumpkin today on the numbers 1-10. I haven’t written about him much lately, because he is really growing up and is doing so well in school. He is much less likely to interrupt, much less likely to start to scream Read More...