Today was my first day volunteering at preschool. For some reason I had visions of sitting back and watching the day unfold, my little man displaying his dynamic social skills while trying to resist darting off to the playground. But no. I had a job. A real job. I was in charge of a project. By myself.
While setting up my project I may have been thinking to myself I’ve got this, I’ve managed way more complicated art projects at home with four kids of differenat ages, wait until they see my multi-tasking + overflowing patience combo.
I soon learned several valuable lessons:
- Another child’s boogers are much grosser than your own child’s.
- I don’t drink enough coffee.
- Some children have fantastic small motor skills, some children break crayons.
- Scissors should never be passed out ahead of time.
- Neither should markers.
- Or glue.
- Two gallons of glue on one paper plate will never dry. Never.
- The cute scarf used to accessorize your outfit can turn into a strangulation device in the hands of a child whose glue has been confiscated.
- You can only watch one child after another attempt to use scissors for so long before you “help” and cut out the circles yourself.
- I like all children, but I really, really like my own.
Now that I am completely enlightened, I can’t wait to do it again.
After a nap and a pot of coffee and if, and only if, the project contains no glue.
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