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
"I'M SO HIGH"
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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