I teach preschool. It can be crazy. I set out to record what a day is like in my classroom, and gave up after 2 hours. Here is the 5-minute breakdown.
Intervened when an argument about block ownership turned into hitting each other with blocks. Got there before anyone was injured. Discussion about how we treat friends.
Child brought in a Lego wampa, which started a discussion about how many tauntauns it would take to defeat a wampa.
Conversation interrupted when I asked a child to stop kicking books across the floor. His response: “But this book is a mango!”
Moderated a discussion between two crying boys. It ends up that Boy A asked Boy B about the ninjas in his backpack. Clearly, a touchy subject.
Wampas vs. Tauntauns conversation resumed. Another child enters and brings up Chewbacca. Conclusion is reached that since Chewie is smarter than wampas or tauntauns, he would win.
Boy C comes up, crying, saying that Boy D won’t let him get into his imaginary rocket. I suggest that Boy C create his own imaginary rocket instead. He says he already did, but it exploded, so he has no other choices.
Child brings in a clown hat from the circus and tells me that she ate cotton candy out of it. Group discussion ensues about our favorite cotton candy colors (mine is pink, by the way).
I serve breakfast to the girl in the clown hat (who is also dressed head-to-toe in various tye-dye apparel. Strawberries and Rice Krispies.
I enter the dramatic play area to remind a couple boys that even SuperNinjas are not allowed to hit friends at school.
Girls are asking to dance, I put on the Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome cd…I can deal with this.
I return to the dramatic play area to explain to the Ninjas-turned-Jedis that blasters are not permitted at school and that they can only use the Force in the classroom.
I also have to remind a Wampa that he can’t really bite his friends, he can only pretend.
Tie a pair of shoes
Admire a set of sparkly pink fingernails
Tie another pair of shoes
Help with a puzzle
Examine a sore toe (which had been bumped at home, and is ok)
Examine a sore eye (which nothing happened to, and was just for sympathy)
Listen to a child in the dramatic play area talk on a play phone to the police about strategies for capturing General Grievous.
Assist 3 children in dressing up like police officers, who then promptly inform me that they’ve arrested me and are putting me in a cage. One is holding a cell phone that he’s pretending is a taser.
They change their minds, I’m given a hat, and am designated a firefighter.
I notice a child holding their crotch and doing the “potty dance,” so they’re sent to the bathroom.
I sing Yo Gabba Gabba’s “Don’t Bite Your Friends” song to the wampas…AGAIN.
Refill cereal and strawberries for a hungry child
Have to tell a child, “We don’t use scissors on our face!”
Send another child to wash their hands for picking their nose
Help with a puzzle
Remind children that we don’t make guns out of blocks.
“We need to use gentle hands and not hit! If he doesn’t want to wear that hat, he doesn’t have to!”
Clean up after breakfast.
“I’m glad for you to pretend you’re a train. Trains need to stay on their tracks, and not crash into friends, though.”
Remind the girls at the sand table that the dirt has to stay in the table and not be thrown at each other.
Invited to join a dance party…The Aquabats’ “Pool Party” I can jam to this.
Another reminder that we don’t make guns out of blocks
Break up a semi-violent almost-mosh-pit
Play air guitar with a child
Help a child redress who decided to strip down in a corner (“I was hot!”)
Give 5-minute warning for clean-up time
Bathroom break…for me…whew.
Time to clean up.
Remind children we’re cleaning up, not playing.
Remind children we’re cleaning up, not fighting.
Remind children we’re cleaning up.
Tie a pair of shoes
Remind children that we’re cleaning things up by putting them where they go, not just throwing them on shelves.
Sit in the library, read a book about bugs
Send a child to wash hands for picking their nose
Read a book about ants
Start a conversation about ants that veers off into mushrooms, umbrellas, and swimming pools.
Bring conversation back to aants
Send a child to wash hands after their hand was down their pants, scratching.