Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Honorable Mention: The Preschool Teachers Journal

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." 
~Albert Einstein

One of my earliest memories of school was in Kindergarten. I loved kindergarten. I made an Easter basket out of clay and made little clay eggs inside it. I left it on the table to go wash my hands and when I came back the little eggs inside it were gone…gone! I looked high and low until I heard a little girl moaning under the table. When I asked her what was wrong she told me she ate some candy eggs and felt sick.
Well….Then I felt sick. I didn’t want to get in trouble…so I squished my evidence and told the teacher. The following week I make another similar basket with eggs and it happened again! Another kid ate the eggs out of it and got sick. This time I was caught! I wasn’t allowed to make baskets anymore because they looked ‘too real’.
But with such a high demand for my trinkets-I became a closet clay “Easter Basket Maker”. That wasn’t all, either. Kids would trade me cookies for mini snowmen, dinosaurs, cars, and animals. They were a hot ticket.
I had seven cavities by the time I was 7. But I learned I was definitely on to something….
I love to see kids work, and what areas of the classroom environment they gravitate to. Encouragement and praise are to a child like water to a plant….just the right amount causes them to flourish.

3 comments:

Edie Parrott said...

Barbra, this is so sweet and funny! I love your blog!

Edie Parrott
http://www.gladlywoulditeach.com/

Dan Gurney said...

This gave me a chuckle. How funny that your classmates would eat your clay eggs... and swallow.

Barbra Stephens said...

Hi Dan & Edie
I tried the 'eggs' myself, actually...they were disgusting. They were made of plasticine clay! Ew! I think I got in trouble out of the teacher's frustration. back then teachers had nearly 50 kindergartner's in their classes with student/parent volunteers.Some days,it was a lot like, Mad Hatter's Tea Party in there.