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


    One boy in preschool delights in ascending the 8 or 9 stairs to a little railed-in platform above our sandbox climbing structure, and in an excited voice exclaiming, "I'm so high!" Then he'll repeat, referring to himself in the 3rd person, saying, "Everyone! Malcolm's so high!"
     I repeat back to him how high he is and pretend to look for him with my outstretched palm up against my forehead. Sometimes I'll say, "You're way up in the clouds! I can hear you, but I can't see you!"
      Other children will ascend the structure and proclaim the same thing, or even just stand up on a chair and exclaim "I'm so high!" and we go through the whole routine for each one. Everyone knows it's not that high, even for someone two feet tall, and sometimes we'll play the game when someone's just a couple feet off the ground.

      The same, imaginative boy who originated this game does wonderful, silent charades of the seven dwarves. He does each dwarf with a characteristic gesture, absolutely unmistakably. He's as good with "Bashful" as with the obvious ones like "Sneezy". His pantomime is a real talent, for which he gets frequent recognition and of which he is justly proud.

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