Children's Learning Power

Length: 5 Pages 1282 Words

Working at a preschool for two weeks stretched the limits of my patience, but it also turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected. Each day was full of surprises, ranging from slapstick mischief to amazing breakthroughs in the children's learning power. The kids' energy levels raised my own, and I felt a curious mixture of exhaustion and elation upon leaving the parking lot each day. I don't think I would choose this as a long-term profession, but as a short-term gig it was a memorable, educational, and messy experience. Each day I dressed carefully because I knew the potential risk of getting filthy when playing with kids. In fact, on my first day I changed my clothes about three times before deciding upon an outfit that was sufficiently comfortable and easily washable. I fully expected to be fingered with finger paints and doused with dirt from the playground at unexpected moments and in unexpected places. I donned jeans or shorts and an old tee-shirt each day, preferably dark colors. I drove to the school every day and parked in their small, six-spot lot. I often arrived as some of the parents dropped off their wee ones and placed them in our care. As a preschool, we served a dual purpose: day ca Continue...

However, the kids always kept me on my toes. As soon as I saw how much energy Tommy had, I reverted to three years old myself. However, some of my best stories came from working with Tommy. This proved all the better for me, who can't sit still while watching television anyway. I can't count the number of times children threw things at me not out of hostility but simply because they wanted to play. And then there was Annabelle, who stole my heart. She walked around the room or the playground eager to share her toys or play make-believe games. Children, without knowing accepted norms of behavior, often shock or annoy me. I relished those moments because it enabled me to understand their offspring better as well as glean what kinds of expectations the parents had of our school. " I laughed, knowing that kids will always be kids. Tommy became my playmate from that first day onwards; there were times he got on my nerves and I had to verbally scold him, but his smile disarmed me every time. Most of the parents were in too much of a hurry to chat, but occasionally a friendly mother or a father would strike up a conversation before leaving. She even seemed interested in me personally and would innocently inquire about my own life. Or, he could knock over the chair before you sit down.