Archive for January 2007




What time it is??!!

The fun thing about working with preschoolers is that they learn the craziest stuff.  I sometimes forget that there was a time in my life that I didn’t know how to tell time or how to do my multiplication tables.  And until I started working at a school with a tight schedule, I had forgotten the importance of the Big Hand.  My three and four-year-olds have no concept of time and they most definitely cannot tell the time by looking at a wall clock.  But they know all about the Big Hand.  You know, the minute hand on any clock. 

I’ve started doing this thing where I teach them to watch the wall clock.  For instance, we eat lunch at 12:10.  When the Big Hand gets on the six, my children have learned that it’s time to start going pottie and they take turns going.  They also know that EVERYBODY must hurry and use the pottie before the Big Hand gets to the nine; because that’s when we go to story time with Mrs. Kitty.  After nap is over at 2:15, they know that when the big hand gets on the six, it’s time to clean up as fast as they can and line up at the sink to wash their hands. 

It’s so great!  When the Big Hand starts getting close to the six, they start pointing and saying “Miss Leah, it’s almost there!  It’s on the five!”.  It’s hilarious.  And also, I think it’s good practice for them as far as reading a clock and getting some concept of time.

Thanks, Big Hand!

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Add a comment January 18, 2007

The Land of Nap

It is well-known that children have very vivid imaginations.  However, a little less known is a magical place called the Land of Nap.  This imaginative world, created by the minds of toddlers and preschoolers all over the world, is a land of solace.  It soothes the children’s restless minds and speeds up the hands of the wall clock.  This place – The Land of Nap – is visited only by napping babes; but sometimes a lucky passerby might catch a glimpse of it.  I am often that lucky passerby.  I catch glimpses of that strange and mystical world all the time.  Why?  Naptime. 

For one hour of each day, I witness six to eight little three and four-year-olds  drifting into the Land of Nap.  Now, one musn’t mistake the Land of Nap for a dreamland of sorts, for a dreamland it is not.  It is a land for those who are not sleepy enough for a nap, for those who failed to get their wiggles out before the dreadful napping hour.  Where wiggles and giggles meet naptime exists the Land of Nap.  At times, this land has served as the portal between waking and sleeping.  There is a bridge in the Land of Nap that leads to a fantastic dreamland, but it is rarely crossed.  No.  Babes in the Land of Nap almost always remain there the entire duration of naptime, exploring and essentially playing. 

From what a passerby such as myself can gather about the Land of Nap, it is a happy place.  Children choose to go there and enjoy the time spent gallavanting about in it.  I often hear noises and see hand gestures.  But one can only speculate about what goes on in such a place.   Sometimes I think I remember that world, and I ponder on it, trying to picture it.  I am sure I have been there, although that is the extent of my memory.  And so  I watch the children enter into it and I watch them leave again.  And I smile about it.

Add a comment January 17, 2007

Help vs. Hurt

Things I did today that helped:

1.  Hit snooze for an hour (and a half).

2.  Played basketball with Josh in my driveway.

3.  Ate cheesey potato soup.

4.  Took a long walk in the neighborhood.

5.  Watched Toy Story.

6.  Ate a huge slice of pizza!

7.  Walked around the mall.

8.  Played on the piano.

9.  Thought about my friends in Spain.

10.  Beat marathon mode on tetris (TWICE!!)

11.  Started a major cleaning-my-room session which I shall finish once I’m done posting.

12.  E-mailed a far-away friend.

13.  Ate a rice krispie treat.

Things I did today that hurt:

1.  Woke up to a messy room.

2.   Missed a movie.

3.  Forgot to put the lid back on something.

4.  Ate another gigantic piece of pizza.

Everyday the positives outweigh the negatives.  I think it’s the big things that make me feel….um…off..at the end of the day.  I need a better-paying job, for one thing.  And I really want to move out of my parent’s house.  I’d love to know I’ll be starting my masters soon.  But none of those things look like they’ll be happening any time soon.  BUT – I gotta stay positive!  Because, even if you add those three big things to my negative list, I still have had a more positive day!

2 comments January 15, 2007

Tetris and Writer’s Block

I finally beat it!!  I beat marathon mode on Tetris for the DS Lite!!  I’m soooooo happy!

On another note, I have a favor to ask of anyone who reads this.  i am going to write down the verse of a song.  One should be able to tell the rhythm of the lines by reading the first three.  The fourth is the one that needs mending.  I won’t write what I’ve come up with.  I want anyone with a suggestion to write it in for me.  All I need is one line that rhymes with the first two lines.  You’ll understand when you see it.  Here goes:

Lying still, as still can be.

Moving only tires me.

So I’ll lay here like a sculpture

……………………………………..

Any ideas?

Add a comment January 15, 2007

Pine-alope

I have a confession to make. I only created this blog so that I could talk about the preschoolers I work with in after-school care. I see my friends all the time, and so this blog isn’t really for them. Of course I have random posts that are enjoyable for everyone (at least, I hope). But ultimately, this blog is for people like me, who find themselves smiling at every baby they pass and imagining what life will be like when they have their own babies to smile at. So for all of you baby-lovers, please enjoy the many stories, pictures, and anecdotes I post.

For those of you wondering about my title, a pine-alope is a word invented by one of my three-year-olds, meaning “pineapple” – typically one that is chopped up, canned, and served at snack-time at some after-school care program. I am a huge fan of the pine-alope myself. And I’m sure you are too.

Add a comment January 15, 2007

Help vs. Hurt

Things I did yesterday that helped:

1.  Arrived to work on time.

2.  Told the story of Hannah to my three-year-olds.

3.  Taught a little boy how to say “Too bad, so sad”. (He finally got it after several times of saying “Too bad, too sad”.)

4.  Had a noodle fight with keilah diaz.

5.  Slept for five hours.

6.  Went to a party.

7.  Watched a very decent 2006 episode of the Simpsons.

8.  Managed to get to bed at an acceptable time.

Things I did yesterday that hurt:

1.  Skipped church.

2.  Forgot to eat until 9:00 at night.

Good day, yesterday. Can’t complain. Happy MLK Day everybody.

Add a comment January 15, 2007

Ode to Mama-Midge

My grandmother just turned eighty on Thursday.  She has lived with my family since I was a toddler.  It is my dad’s mom.  My grandfather died when my dad was a little boy.  Mama-Midge is what we call her.  This is because when we were little, my brother and I saw our grandmother just as much as we saw our mother.  Therefore, we started calling both of them “mama”.  To differentiate, my parents started referring to her as Mama-Midge (her name is Loraine but many call her Midge as a nickname).  She’s just  about the greatest person I know.  For her birthday, I wrote her a poem and attached a bunch of pictures of my brother and me.  I just thought I’d share:

Mama-Midge,

I know that as the years go on it may get quite depressing

To know you can’t go up the stairs without stopping and resting.

I know sometimes you wish that you had something to erase

Those bothersome new wrinkles that appear upon your face.

But think of all the good things that these many years have brought!

Just look here at the beautiful two grandkids that you’ve got!

And don’t forget how every single year has brought you closer

To two grandkids who love you and each day are getting older.

When we were lying in our cribs, you stood right there beside us.

And everyday when we were young, you helped to mold and guide us.

So now that we are all grown up, we get to have a go

At taking care of Grandma summer sun and winter snow.

We couldn’t be more grateful for a grandma such as you.

I bet that you don’t even know the things you’ve helped us through!

Well, let me tell you here and now that you’re the best there is!

Forget the wrinkles and the aches, you’re loved by two GRANDkids!!

(Just for the record, the day before, my grandmother made a funny joke about how new wrinkles come daily.  I wasn’t just being a jerk.)

Add a comment January 14, 2007

Help vs. Hurt

Things I did today that helped:

1.  Slept in until 1:00.

2.  Fixed my hair differently.

3.  Wore jewelry with my outfit.

4.  Saw a great movie with a great guy.

5.  Ate cheese dip for dinner (that’s fun every once in a while).

6.  Received a new song for my ipod.

7.  Walked around the mall.

8.  Listened to some songs I haven’t heard in a while.

9.  Held my kitty-cat.

Things I did today that hurt:

1.  Ate a McDonald’s hamburger for lunch.

2.  Took a luke warm bath.

3.  Had big hair for the first half of the evening.

4.  Cried a little.

5.  Realized that my cruise control doesn’t work on my car.

6.  Forgot to go to the bank.

7.  Got home late again.

I’ve got to start getting more sleep.  But it’s really hard for a night-owl like me to get to bed early.  The world is not set up to cater to night-owls.  Almost everything seems to involve getting up early.

The movie I saw was Rocky Balboa.  I was surprised that I like it.  But I did.  It’s good.

My cat rocks my face off.

Add a comment January 14, 2007

Dirt Pudding + Preschoolers = A Big Mess!

My preschoolers received their surprise about an hour after my last post. I took a bunch of pictures of them as they gazed in awe at the giant yellow bowl of pudding and as they dug in with their friends during snack-time. It was hilarious! If you want to see how adorable my little children are and how awesome my dirt pudding was, click on the following links and view pictures of My Little Geniuses Amazed By Pudding, Pigging Out And Pigging Out And Pigging Out Much To Their Utter Satisfaction.

Add a comment January 11, 2007

How To Eat Fried Worms

For those of you who do not know, I work in the after-school care department of a private school. My class consists of three and four-year-olds. For the last several weeks, I have been reading them a book that my mother read to her class when she taught me in third grade. It’s called How to Eat Fried Worms. Basically, it’s a book about four boys who make a bet that one of them cannot eat fifteen worms, one everyday for fifteen days.Let me take this moment to brag on my children:

This book is way too old for them and there are so many words in there that they have never heard. To make sure that my children are keeping up with the story, I try to change the hard words to simpler words and explain what has happened as I read. The next time we pick up the book, I quiz them over the past few chapters. These amazing babies answer almost every single one of my questions in detail!! They remember EVERYTHING! It’s incredible.

So, to reward them for their excellent listening skills and to shake up the schedule a little bit, I fixed a huge bowl of chocolate pudding last night. This morning, I put some crumbled up Oreo cookies on top and then placed a bazillion big huge gummy worms on top. Today for snack, we are going to feast on dirt, mud, and worms!! I can’t wait! And neither can they (I haven’t told them what their book-related surprise is yet).

Sidenote: This snack is dirt cheap (pardon the pun). You can buy three boxes of instant pudding (the six-serving size), two bags of large gummy worms (one bag is plenty), and a bag of oreo cookies for ten dollars. Of course, you also need nine cups of milk to make this snack so be sure you have a half-gallon of milk lying around the house. These ingredients make twenty servings of delicious chocolately gummy snack.

Add a comment January 10, 2007

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