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
Often when it rains I make announcements
about fabulous mountains we can build in our roofed-over sandbox.
I do this partly to relieve stress on the indoor teachers. Occasionally,
though, we do build some pretty massive piles of sand, and the
rhythm of teamwork that gets established is pretty nice, too.
It was one of those rainy afternoons.
A large number of preschoolers and I were working smoothly together,
and our many "demolition experts" were somehow restraining
themselves. The pile of sand we were all shovelling grew taller and
taller. I felt an unusual harmony and saw a kind of vision of Democracy.
I was just about to get lost in it, when a very strong-willed child
shovelling next to me looked intensely my way and with not even a trace
of humor announced, "You're working for me, you know!"
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