This week I was parent helper at my son Miller’s preschool class. I have to admit that I went into in with a less-than-excited attitude. Although I am a parent, I tend to have a high degree of impatience and expect a lot more from others than I know I should.
My job was simple but had a lot of moving pieces. First, I would instruct the children to color their Green Monster face with a marker. Each child was given an 11″x14″ sheet of paper to make their creation. Next, cut out the nose and mouth and glue to the appropriate area on the face. After this I gave them 4 circles – 2 white and 2 yellow. Those were to be the eyes (glued down of course) and stacked on top of each other and then they would use a sharpie to make pupils. For hair there were 5 strips of purple paper they would adhere to the monster’s head, and then the finishing touch was to lick 5 small marshmallows and place them across the monster’s mouth, signifying its teeth.
What fascinated me was to watch the kids as they worked. Some worked quickly and efficiently, others more deliberate, and a few of the children needed constant assistance throughout the project. Some of the kids cut outside or inside of the lines, colored with different degrees of brush strokes, or got glue on themselves.
Children have such different learning styles. I found myself adapting to each child’s situation, and I found it to be pretty telling about life. I wonder if I came back and visited each of these people in say 30 years from now, if they would still have the same tendencies as they showed that day.
I observed varying personality traits in each of the preschoolers – some were shy and reserved, others were constantly talking & updating the others of their progress, and some were very focused on the task at hand.
At the end of the day I was able to remove myself from the equation and just appreciate people and their different approaches to life. It’s always nice to learn, and it can definitely change your perspective to learn from those that are less than half of your height. 🙂