Tuck: "What are platelets, Maggers?"
Mags: "Platelets are part of your blood. They rush to the cut to plug it up and stop it from bleeding."
Tuck: "Wow, where did you learn that?"
Mags: "Pre-K. Ms. Nancy read us a book about it."
Tuck: "That's where I learned everything I know, too."
Last week, I substituted in Mags' Pre-K classroom. I have taught preschoolers in the past, for one year. But, like having a baby, the experience was quickly erased from my mind. No worries! It all came flooding back to me the second I walked through the door.
I'd like to share some things about my day that stuck out:
1. If you think for one second your kids aren't listening to you at home, you're mistaken. And if you think for one second they will forget how they heard you whimper that collection of swear words over the weekend when you slammed your hand in the car door, they won't. And if you think for one second they won't share it during circle time, THINK AGAIN!
2. No matter what they are doing, a Pre-K child will relate the activity to poop in some way.
3. The toilet in the classroom never gets a break. Neither do noses.
4. If one child asks you to read them a book and then settles themselves into your lap, the rest of the children will flock to you like seagulls to an open cooler on the beach.
5. Sixteen Pre-K kids make constant noise. There's no stopping it.
6. Pre-K kids love to touch you. Even when you say, "Hands to yourself." they hear, "I'm a human jungle gym."
7. They have NO control over their sphincter muscle. So they let 'er rip whenever and wherever...including your lap while you're reading.
8. Glue sticks are delicious...apparently.
9. A Pre-K child's laughter is contagious and needs to be bottled.
10. NEVER wear a skirt while teaching Pre-K. EVER. Or at some point in the day, it will be pulled down while you're attempting to shake off a hanging child and then you'll moon a bunch of kids.
It takes a VERY special person to be a Pre-K teacher.
Thanks for all you do, Ms. Nancy!