School Days and Preschool Days, Too:
A treasury of anecdotes culled from my work and play as a preschool worker and an elementary school after- school activities supervisor


     In the summer we do anything we can to enable the children to play outside comfortably. Our main cooling strategies are water and popsicles. Popsicle time, every afternoon at around 4 pm, also allows a segue from raucous mid-afternoon water play. Children who love water have been squealing in delight, teasing a teacher who then squirts them with a prolonged stream from the hose.
     At popsicle time we sit quietly on chairs and lick frozen treats made by pouring juice into little cups, inserting a flat stick, and popping them into the freezer. After popsicles, children often go inside for quieter play.
      Early one recent afternoon a boy asked me in the play yard whether today's popsicles were red ones. I didn't know, as I hadn't made them. Nor was I free to go inside to check.
      "You'll have to go in and ask Miss Rose," I told him.
      "Is she the Popsicle Boss?" the little guy asked me.
      She is now. And I suspect it'll be harder for her to shake that nickname than it is to shake one of our popsicles off its stick!

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