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Children's Learning Power

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 care and preschool education. The children would be playing freely but also learning about numbers, the alphabet, colors, and anything else. 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. 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 realized that the parents basically wanted their kids to feel comfortable and safe and also to make new friends. When children are between the ages of three and five, their personalities begin to shine through. One little girl particularly caught my fa...

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