after a shaving cream/food coloring/water demonstration of clouds, we made our own.
we used paper cups, flattened them, slathered them with white glue, pressed them on cotton balls, did the other side, and look at that: a little cloud. i hot glued a piece of yarn between the flattened cup ahead of time.
i’m always heart warmed by children who turn inanimate objects into playmates. this friend is taking care of her little cloud baby:
“you want to go oooooover the wall? it’s okay, i’ll save you!”
then there were a whole bunch of little cloud babies. : )
so, after coming in from a long outdoor time, the preschoolers were hot. during indoor circle time one little friend took off his shirt. no one noticed at first, it wasn’t silly, etc so we teachers ignored it as well. a little while later when i noticed some gigging about it, i tried to normalize things without calling the shirtless boy out. so i said things like when you’re a preschooler you might take your shirt off if you’re hot, if you see someone at preschool with their shirt off that’s what’s going on, when you’re at kindergarten you can’t take off your shirt, but preschool some things are different, etc.
the children started chiming in about their dads taking shirts off when mowing grass, sleeping with shirts off, etc and it seemed that the shirtless boy was feeling comfortable. then about 6 others started feeling comfortable.
we had over half a dozen preschoolers-boys and girls-topless. i tried to act normal and continue our conversation about vocanoes.
but visions of a visitor coming in, fears that some of you are hoping to instill a sense of modesty greater than that, and generally feeling like i came to close to a line we shouldn’t cross, i paused circle time to “concentrate on cooling off” so we could get dressed and be ready to go back outside.
sure enough, when i opened my eyes from “cool off” time, all shirts/dresses were going back on.
so. if your preschooler was at school thursday afternoon, they’ll know about this. if your preschooler comes on other days, they might hear second-hand about this “shirts coming off at preschool” stuff.
and that was the day.
let me know if you have questions.
humbly and gratefully yours,
this feels like a moment as a mom when you forget to record a first word, step, or a cute phrase. when all those sweet things happen and aren’t recorded. i’m finding photo after photo of fun stuff from days gone by. enjoy the trip back down memory lane…
like the time we made green eggs and ham.
we sat in the kitchen, cracked the eggs, turned them green, cooked up the ham, and then mr matt and i tag teamed the cooking/handwashing/table setting dance…and we had green eggs and ham!
happy birthday, dr. suess!
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updated: these kids loved the eggs…our secret ingredients along with the salt and pepper were a dash of dill and onion powder. mmmmmmmm!