If you want to get to your happy place during this season, go spend some time with three year-olds. It is certainly one of the most exciting places on the planet. At least it is in the class where I am once again subbing regularly until the Christmas break.
Spending four hours a day there is arts-and-crafts mania, complete with my most unfavorite thing of all…glitter. Yet, I have succumbed to the glitter and everything else it entails this year. Here is a list of some of the things we have made in the last four school days…a count-down chain of multicolored circles topped by a star with a manger scene to count the days until Baby Jesus is born; bricks painted with sponges and brown and red tempera for the fake fireplace; sewn-with-yarn stockings to be hung on previously mentioned fireplace; feet and hands angels topped with each child’s face photo made into keepsake ornaments; glittered “presents” for name recognition and roll call; grandparent wreaths; and God knows what else I have conveniently forgotten in my happiness delirium.
We have learned lines for a Christmas show to be given to parents on the day before break, a peppermint stick poem, and a song. Meanwhile there is snack, Gym and Spanish, Taste and Spit or Swallow, Show and Tell (you don’t want to know), and Pledge/Calendar/Weather/Alphabet-Sounds Practice/Days of the Week, and oh, recess! I am earning that afternoon nap big time!
It is a time of magic, what with Santa watching our every move, and us looking for Rudolph on every roof as we move from building to building. I am here to tell you, if you haven’t any faith for the beauty and joy of simple everyday living, come spend a morning. As one kid with full excitement and conviction said, “Can you lee-beeve it?”